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Institutional Strengthening Programme

Consultancy Service to Conduct Training in

Software Development

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Software Development

Course Course Content Target Group Number of

Participants

o JAVA server pages (JSPs)

o THE relationship between JSPs

and Servlets

o THE JSP lifecycle

o THE role of JSPs in JAVA EE 7

Implementing MVC in JEE

o Model view control

o Using the RequestDispatcher

o Handling requests

o The request scope

o Handling request attributes

o The expression language (JSR

341)

o EL in template

Session Management

o Sessions in web applications

o The HTTPsession object

o Session management in Java EE

o Handling cookies

o URL-rewriting

Servlet Filters

o Introduce servlet filters

o Modify the request data

o Modify the response data

o The @WebFilter mappings

o Move functionality out into a

decorator pattern

Overview of EL

o The EXPRESSION LANGUAGE

(JSR 341)

o Value and method expressions

o Immediate and deferred

evaluation syntax

o Read and read/write expressions

The EL Language

o EL operators

o EL reserved words

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MDA Governance Project

Management

Resource

Management

Procurement

and Contract

Management

Information

and

Communication

Technology

22. Head 40000B: Ministry of

Labour and Social Security,

Programme of

Advancement Through

Health and Education

(PATH) and Integrated

Social Protection and

Labour (SLP) Programme

Loan Contract No. 2889/OC-

JA

 

23. Head 40000B: Ministry of

Labour and Social Security,

Programme of

Advancement Through

Health and Education

(PATH) Social Protection

Project (SPP) 2 Loan No.

8329-JM

 

24. Head 40000B: Ministry of

Labour and Social Security,

Programme of

Advancement Through

Health and Education

(PATH), Jamaica Social and

Economic Inclusion of

Persons with Disabilities

Project Grant No. TF014258

25. Head 40000B: Ministry of

Labour and Social Security,

Programme of

Advancement Through

Health and Education

(PATH), Integrated Support

to Jamaica’s Social

Protection Strategy (ISJSPS)

Project Loan Contract No.

3565/OC-JA

26. Head 41000 Ministry of

Education, Youth and

Information, National

Council on Education

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Head 40000B: Ministry+of+Labour+and+Social+Security">Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Programme of Advancement through Heath and Education

(PATH), Jamaica+Social+and+Economic+Inclusion+of+Persons">Jamaica Social and Economic Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities Project Grant NO. TF014258

Issue/Concern

Project Management

Risk of Losing Grant Funding

3.2.82 As at March 31, 2018, there were a number of outstanding activities on the Project and the Project

Implementing Unit (PIU) was granted an extension of twelve-months to August 2018 to complete all activities. At the

end of this period (August 2018), all Project activities were undertaken and 92 per cent of the USD$2.89 million Grant

funding was utilized. Our review revealed that the contributory factors for the delays in implementation were

primarily the procurement of supplies to install and implement the Early Stimulation Plus (ESP) Management

Information System, failure to conduct impact evaluations and supply Assistive and Adaptive aids for children with

disabilities at the ESP.

3.2.83 Additionally, PATH did not present evidence that the Steering Committee, which was established to provide

guidance and oversight to the implementation of the Project, met during the period under review.

Head 40000B: Ministry+of+Labour+and+Social+Security">Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Programme+of+Advancement+Through+Health+and+Education">Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education

(PATH), Integrated Support to Jamaica’s Social Protection Strategy (ISJSPS) Project Loan Contract No. 3565/OC-JA

Issue/Concern

Project Management

3.2.84 The Integrated Support to Jamaica’s Social Protection Strategy (ISJSPS) Project is funded by a US$50.0 million

loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and counterpart funding provided by the Government of

Jamaica.

3.2.85 The objective of the Project is to support consumption, protect and promote the human capital accumulation

of the Programme+of+Advancement+Through+Health+and+Education">Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) beneficiaries, and strengthen the overall

capacity of the Ministry+of+Labour+and+Social+Security">Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) to improve quality and access to the network of social

services provided by the Ministry to the poor and vulnerable population.

The audit of the financial statements and transactions for the period ending March 31, 2018 revealed the following:

Delay in implementing project activities

3.2.86 PATH signed a Loan Agreement in November 2015 to implement the Integrated Support to Jamaica’s Social

Protection Strategy over a four-year period. However, the commencement of this project is inextricably linked to the

completion of the Integrated Social Protection and Labour (ISPL) Programme, which was delayed by eighteen months.

Consequently, implementation of these ISJSPS project activities has been setback.

Payment of Project Premium without Requisite Approval

3.2.87 PATH did not present the requisite approval from the Ministry of Finance for the payment of JM$565,962.01

in Project Premium to an officer, despite our requests. PATH’s failure to obtain the requisite approval for the payment

of emoluments not only breached the GoJ guidelines but it also demonstrates a lack of commitment to good

governance, which is aimed at promoting transparency and accountability.

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Head 40000: Ministry+of+Labour+and+Social+Security">Ministry of Labour and Social Security – Programme of Advancement through Health and Education, Integrated Support to Jamaica’s Social Protection Strategy (ISISPS)

Issue/Concern(s) Financial

Exposure

Governance

3.2.108 The Integrated Support to Jamaica’s Social Protection Strategy (ISJSPS)

Project is funded by a US$50.0 million loan from the Inter-American Development

Bank (IDB) and counterpart funding provided by the Government of Jamaica. The

loan of US$50.0 million should be disbursed over a four-year period from November

25, 2015, when the agreement was signed.

3.2.109 The objective of the Project is to support consumption, protect and

promote the human capital accumulation of the Programme of Advancement

Through Health and Education (PATH) beneficiaries, and strengthen the overall

capacity of the Ministry+of+Labour+and+Social+Security">Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) to improve quality and

access to the network of social services provided by the Ministry to the poor and

vulnerable population.

Control weakness over reconciliation of the Beneficiary Bank Account

3.2.110 At the time of audit, the reconciliation of the Beneficiary bank account was

six months in arrears; January 2019 being the last month reconciled. Further, we

observed that the December 2018 bank reconciliation statement included

reconciling items amounting to J$15.60 million, coming from as far back as 2006.

This comprised bank charges of J$1.43 million, Erroneous debits amounting to

J$12.79 million and stamp duty, totalling J$1.37 million. PATH indicated that the

outstanding reconciliations were not completed due to system related issues with

the accounting software. PATH’s delay in reconciling the Beneficiary bank account

compromised the internal control surrounding the Project’s cash resources,

making it possible for errors and irregularities to remain undetected for protracted

periods. The Beneficiary bank account is the sole account through which beneficiary

payments are made and US$2.7 billion was paid out during the period that the

reconciliations were not done.

Unspent Balance in Project Bank Accounts

3.2.111 PATH did not surrender monies unspent by the Project to the Consolidated

Fund, as required by the Law. In a previous audit report, PATH was advised that at

the end of all projects, the unspent cash balance should be remitted to the

Consolidated Fund. However, we observed that as at December, 2019 $172.12

million that was unspent on the Social Protection Project II (SPP II), which ended

March 2018 remained in the GoJ Administrative Account. Where monies are left in

bank account after the closure of projects, the Ministry is exposed to unauthorized

expenditure, which may by-pass established budgetary and commitment control

process.

$2.7B

$172M

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June 10, 2021


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