Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung The Minister said the Government has been enacting synchronous measures to implement effectively the Politburo’s Resolution No.7 on restructuring the State budget and public debt management and the National Assembly’s Resolution No.25 on the national five-year financial plan. As a result, the State budget collection in 2016-2017 far exceeded estimates by 9.3 percent and 6.3 percent respectively. Budget revenues at central level accounted for 55-56 percent of the total revenues while localities contributed 44-45 percent. In line with its integration commitments, Vietnam has forged ahead with administrative reforms and modernisation of taxation and customs. Most of businesses at present have conducted online tax declaration, payment and refund, while all customs units have been carrying out e-customs procedures and adopting the one-stop-shop mechanism. The Ministry of Finance has expanded the connection among customs … [Read more...] about Minister addresses lawmakers’ concerns over budget, financial management
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa agency that promotes affordable housing has suspended the use of credit cards that were issued to employees outside the state's normal purchasing program, its interim leader said Wednesday.The move by the Iowa Finance Authority comes as the agency faces multiple investigations into allegations of sexual harassment and questionable financial practices by its former director, Dave Jamison.Documents released to The Associated Press on Tuesday under the open records law show that 21 employees of the agency had been issued Visa credit cards through Wells Fargo to cover travel, meeting and other general expenses. That's more than one-fifth of the authority's employees.The agency's board last week authorized an outside firm to review its budgeting and financial practices, including credit card spending by Jamison and other employees. The state auditor's office is also investigating the spending practices, and lawmakers ordered the state to hire an … [Read more...] about Iowa agency suspends credit card use amid financial reviews
Updated at 1:41 p.m. with state social services czar Charles Smith's comments. AUSTIN -- A fourth official has lost her job as a contracting mess deepened at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission on Wednesday.Heather Griffith Peterson, the commission's chief operating officer, resigned effective Wednesday, agency spokeswoman Carrie Williams confirmed.Meanwhile, Charles Smith, the commission's executive director, warned that more of his subordinates could be sacked. Smith admitted to House lawmakers the agency's purchasing and contract oversight processes are "broken.""Our agency was rocked by contracting scandals in 2014 and 2015," Smith recounted to the House Appropriations Committee. Lawmakers then passed bills to overhaul contracting, and the commission made internal changes, he said."None of that matters right now because I'm sitting before you because we failed," Smith said. "We let taxpayers down. ... Everyone deserves better. And we will do … [Read more...] about Fourth official quits, as contracting mess roils Texas Health and Human Services
This week, the Metropolitan Utilities District has a final four of its own.The Omaha area’s water and natural gas utility is interviewing four finalists Friday to replace President Scott Keep, who is wrapping up the active part of his four-year tenure as president this week and retiring in June.One finalist, Mark Doyle, is an internal candidate who served on the MUD board, then as a senior vice president at MUD, including work on information technology, plus a stint as interim utility president. The second, John Craig, is a private transportation consultant, a former HDR Inc. executive and a former director of the Nebraska Department of Roads.The third, Mark Roberts, is a former mining manager at Kiewit Corp., a business manager at MidAmerican Energy and a fuel supply manager at Midwestern utility company Xcel Energy.The fourth, Kenneth Hansen, is a facilities manager at Nebraska Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center who previously managed a business energy group … [Read more...] about MUD to interview 4 finalists for president today, and a hiring decision could follow
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