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Ombudsman to investigate OIA delivery

The Office of the Ombudsman will investigate how the Official Information Act is used, the NZ Herald reports.

The public watchdog's probe comes in the wake of the Dirty Politics book, which sparked questions into the way in which OIA information was provided to WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater. 

Chief Ombudsman Dame Beverley Wakem said the issues examined will include government departments having to seek "sign off" from their ministers before releasing information when there was no reason to do so, the report says.

Dame Beverley is reported as saying there was "excessive reference upwards for approval" to release information .

The 30-year-old Official Information Act was intended to increase government accountability.

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....or worse still from mayors and their army of spin-doctors. Go Dame Bev.
And while you're on a roll, please look into the plague of censorship, blacking out huge chunks of the stuff I finally get out. 'Redacting' is a wheezle word you won't find me using.
[Nor do I acknowledge that other wuss phrase -- 'home invasion'. It is just too close to 'home invitation'. An armed robbery stays an armed robbery, thank you.]
This could save us all from the Haggar-Pork.com-Anonymous hacker bunch.

"The 30-year-old Official Information Act was intended to increase government accountability".

Included needs to be how the Privacy Act can be used to redact the names of Public Servants (Ministers down), from OIA requests.

Why has the party political extremely partisan unregulated, not-covered-by Statute Office of the Prime Minister having ANYTHING to do with OIA requests or replies?

It's NOT their job.

OIA requests and replies are the job of the apolitical , impartial, top level public servants who are attached to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC).

In my considered opinion, the Office of the Prime Minister is completely out of control.

Penny Bright

Nobody wants your opinion Penny - considered or not - at least until you pay your fair share and contribute...

Have you paid your rates yet?

It is my considered opinion, deliberately willing bludgers should not have a voice or be listened to until they contribute equally.

I want her opinion, thank you very much.

Why has the party political extremely partisan unregulated, not-covered-by Statute Office of the Prime Minister having ANYTHING to do with OIA requests or replies?

It's NOT their job.

OIA requests and replies are the job of the apolitical , impartial, top level public servants who are attached to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC).

In my considered opinion, the Office of the Prime Minister is completely out of control.

Penny Bright

The solicitor general (impartial) and even the inspector general, have no clout over a prime minister at fault.

There is only one entity that can discipline the prime minister.