Special Reports

Special Report 47 - Television Licence Fee Collection

A current television licence is required in respect of all premises where televisions are kept. In June 2003, 1.35 million properties were licensable and the annual licence fee was €150. Licence fee income, net of collection costs, is made available for public service broadcasting. The Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources (the Department) has overall responsibility for the management of the licence fee collection process. The challenge in managing the collection of television licence fees is to ensure that licence fee collection is as cost effective as possible while ensuring that the requirement to have a licence is enforced and evaders are pursued.

Special Report 46 - The Probation and Welfare Service Summary

This examination focused on the operations of the Service over the period 1995 to 2002.

Special Report 45 - Evaluation of Control Activity

The examination considered whether review and control activity is informed by an assessment of the risk of fraud and error attaching to the different types of welfare payment and the effectiveness, in practice, of the Department’s reviews in recovering and deterring overpayments and how it evaluated its performance in that regard.

Special Report 44 - The Waiting List Initiative

Although initially intended to be a short-term initiative, the WLI has been funded each year since 1993 at a total cost of €246 million. Over two-thirds of this funding (€172m) was spent in the five-year period focused on by this examination, 1998 to 2002.

Special Report 43 - The Building Maintenance Service

An examination of the management and operation of the BMS in the period 1998-2001 was carried out to establish the reasons for the reported loss.My examination revealed that the accounts produced did not isolate the true results of the BMS’s business with government departments and offices.

Special Report 42 - Car Parking at Beaumont Hospital

In the audit report, the C&AG indicated that he was undertaking an examination of the provision of the multi-story car park with a view to preparing a special report on the matter. This is the resulting report.

Special Report 41 - Planning Appeals

The examination set out to review how well the appeals system is managed and how its effectiveness is evaluated by the Board and by the Department of the Environment and Local Government (the Department).

Special Report 40 - Purchasing of Tyres by the Garda Síochána

This examination of the purchasing of tyres for the Garda Síochána was carried out to establish if, in the period 1998-2000, there was a loss of economy in the purchase of tyres by the Garda Síochána, and if so, how great was the loss, to establish if the tendering and procurement procedures for tyres for the Garda Síochána accorded with best practice and to establish the level of control over payment for tyres in the Garda Síochána.

Special Report 39 - The Expenditure Review Initiative

This examination was carried out to identify and evaluate the extent to which the ERI achieved its objectives in the period 1997-2000.

Special Report 38 - Training and Development in the Civil Service

The examination set out to review training and development activity across the civil service with a view to assessing how it could be improved in terms of its organisation, management and overall effectiveness.

Special Report 37 - Collection of Fines

This examination aimed primarily to establish how efficiently and effectively the fines system operates in relation to cases within the jurisdiction of the District Court.

Special Report 36 - Special Housing Aid for the Elderly

This examination is concerned with the operation of the scheme and its outcome to date, some eighteen years after its introduction. The examination assessed how the scheme is implemented and how the implementing agencies measure the impact of the scheme on those in need and the systems and procedures in place to evaluate the scheme’s overall effectiveness.

Special Report 35 - Met Éireann

This examination was concerned with the techniques used to determine the accuracy of weather forecasts and with the arrangements between Met Éireann and the Department for the management of the performance of the service.

Special Report 34 - Central Bank Financial Regulation

The examination sought to establish how the Central Bank discharges its role to regulate and what practices are followed to determine the effectiveness of its regulation activities. The response of the Bank to the requirements to counter money laundering was also considered.

Special Report 33 - The Driver Testing Service

This value for money examination was concerned with aspects of the economy and efficiency of the provision of the driver testing service.

Special Report 32 - Report on Impact of Value for Money Examinations 1994 - 1996

The effectiveness of value for money (VFM) examinations depends on the success of the accountability process which VFM reports serve and on the Impact which the reports have on improving the activities of the bodies examined. This report considers the impact of the first sixteen VFM reports produced between December 1994 and 1996.

Special Report 31 - Local Development Initiatives

This value for money report is concerned with the operation during the period 1994 - 1999 of local development initiatives provided through County Enterprise Boards (CEBs), Area-Based Partnership Companies (Partnerships) and LEADER groups. The value for money examination looked at specific issues relating to the administrative and operational efficiency of the three types of bodies, the arrangements for co-ordination between the bodies and approaches to evaluation of their impact.

Special Report 30 - Performance Measurement in Teagasc

This report examines the systems and procedures employed by Teagasc to evaluate its own effectiveness. Teagasc was formed to provide services for the agriculture and food sectors in three distinct services areas – research, advisory services and training. Teagasc 2000 is a comprehensive plan for the future delivery of services which was published in the middle of 1998. Management systems including those associated with the determination of effectiveness are being developed in light of proposals in Teagasc 2000.

Special Report 29 - Development of the National Roads Network

The National Roads Authority (NRA) was set up in 1994 to oversee the provision of a safe and efficient network of national roads. At the same time, a major roads investment programme also commenced, involving total expenditure of £1.2 billion (1994 prices) in the national roads network over the six year period from 1994 to 1999.

Special Report 28 - Year 2000 Compliance Projects

This examination considered how four Government Departments and two State Agencies have organised and managed Year 2000 compliance work. It also looked at how three Departments are monitoring the efforts of bodies under their aegis to achieve compliance.