Written by George Fripley
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Tuesday, 3 November 2009

The Government Administration and Governance Authority (GAGA) is pleased to announce that it has made a significant step forward in the development of its long-term strategy. It has now come to a clear and unambiguous position on the matter of policy development.

New GAGA Chair, Sir Roger d'Enwharey, who was responsible for commissioning this vital piece of work was pleased with the outcome.

'It is the policy of GAGA that it has no need for a policy that guides whether policies are needed to address its various activities. Policy development will, instead, be guided by the a series of sub-committees that will commission reports into their various areas of work and produce a set of guidelines that will assist GAGA in its decision-making process.

When asked whether this was, in fact, a policy position that was being taken by GAGA. Sir Roger denied this stating that policy positions that advocated not having a policy did not qualify as policies.

'It is a well known fact that where committees or boards decide not to make decisions, that no decision has been made. Similarly, where it is decided that a policy should be that there should be no policy, no policy has been made. I think we can all agree that this provides clear guidance for all concerned.

Sir Roger went to elaborate on the process by which the decision had been made.

'In coming to this conclusion GAGA commissioned a number of studies that delved into global policy trends and how different jurisdictions have organised their governance and administrative procedures.

'These studies have been considered by the GAGA's Policy Sub-committee and subsequently presented to GAGA at it's most recent meeting, when the decision was made.

When questioned about rumours that other government agencies had been involved in the formulation of this policy, Sir Roger denied this most emphatically.

'I am proud to confirm that no other agency has been involved in this work. It has been the result of the hard work of our support staff and the consultants that have been commissioned. This work is completely GAGA.

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