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OIA "league tables" getting closer, says Chief Ombudsman

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Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says "finer details" are being worked out for the publication of statistics on agency performance and compliance with official information legislation.

In a speech to Transparency International Leader's Integrity Forum on 13 July 2016, Judge Boshier said he has made it clear that he intends to start publishing official information statistics as a means to drive improvements in agency performance and compliance with the official information legislation.

"Publication of our complaint statistics will be part of a wider strategy aimed at increasing state sector transparency and standardisation of data around how the official information legislation is operating," he said.

"Publication will relate to complaints closed from 1 July 2016 onwards, and there will necessarily be a lead in time of analysis and preparation before the first set of data can be published, possibly on a quarterly basis."

Judge Boshier said he wanted the publication of statistics to be done on a "no surprises" basis, and in a way which encourages the further development of good practices in the official information area.