Preventive and Corrective Action

Preventive and Corrective Action involves all those who can influence decisions about the use of public resources declaring their private interests, and investigating all cases of conflicts of interest. It also involves rigorously monitoring and investigating all cases of the ineffective use/abuse of public resources. It requires taking prompt corrective action in response to these cases.

a) Government officials and all those able to influence or control resources, transparently declare their private interests in an asset register and in tender documents, which are made publicly available.

b) Potential conflicts of interest are identified, investigated and findings communicated to the public in the form of private interest review reports and tender award reports.

c) Government officials identify and investigate cases of the ineffective use and abuse of resources.

d) Efficient disciplinary action is implemented in response to cases of the ineffective use and/or abuse of public resources; case details and corrective steps are communicated to the public in disciplinary updates (at a minimum, within annual reports).

e) Civil society groups obtain copies of declarations of interest and disciplinary reports, they track individual cases and engage with government officials to establish what corrective/disciplinary actions have been taken in cases involving conflicts of interest and in response to cases of the ineffective use/abuse of public resources.

a) Government officials explain and justify their performance and decisions in implementing preventive and corrective action in cases of the potential/actual use of public resources for private benefit and in cases involving the ineffective use/abuse of public resources, and engage with civil society groups, who assess these explanations and justifications and performance in managing preventive and corrective action and call for improved corrective action; corrective steps are taken in response to evidence of poor performance in managing preventive and corrective action.

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