The Parliamentary Ombudsman, Judge Joseph Zammit McKeon and the Principal Permanent Secretary, Mr Tony Sultana, met to discuss the importance of promoting good public administration and ensuring better coordination and cooperation between the public administration and the Ombudsman’s Office.
The meeting focused on ways to improve the investigation of complaints and the sharing of information with the Ombudsman. The need for greater collaboration in informing public officers on the role and functions of the Ombudsman and the Commissioners with his office was also discussed.
To ensure continued cooperation, the Ombudsman’s Office and the Office of the Principal Permanent Secretary have agreed to hold regular meetings to discuss and coordinate better their interactions.
For this meeting the Ombudsman was accompanied by the Commissioner for Environment and Planning, Mr Alan Saliba; the Commissioner for Education, Chief Justice Emeritus Vincent de Gaetano; the Commissioner for Health, Prof Ray Galea and the Head of Investigations, Dr Monica Borg Galea. The Principal Permanent Secretary was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary (Coordinaton & Implementation, OPM), Mr Kevin Mahoney; the Director General Implementation OPM, Mr Oreste Cassar; the Director Governance Section, Mrs Jacqueline Bonnici; and Mrs Angela Portelli, Assistant Director Governance Section.