Recommendations for State Agencies to Upgrade ITA to Curb Corruption

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has recommended that all state agencies across the country upgrade the Integrity and Transparency Assessment (ITA) program in order to deal effectively with the corruption problem.

In its recent meeting, the NACC decided to submit to the Cabinet its report on results of the ITA in the operations of state agencies for the 2020 fiscal year. The report also contains a set of recommendations to the Cabinet, requesting that it give support to state agencies in order to improve the ITA program.

Developed by the NACC from various operating standards, the ITA program is part of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy – Phase 3 (2017-2021) and is also under the 20-year National Strategy regarding Anti-Corruption and Misconduct B.E. 2561-2580 (2018-2037).

According to the recommendations offered by the NACC, executives of the Ministry of Interior and local administrative organizations should improve information disclosure and public services through their websites.

The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society and the Digital Government Development Agency (Public Organization) should support the appropriate design of website structures and user interface for each local administrative organization, so that the general public will benefit from access to information and public services through the same standard of the information system. In so doing, all sectors will also find it easier to use public information to prevent corruption with greater effectiveness.

It has been suggested that measures be set for agencies with low scores in the ITA program to undergo training and work out development plans to improve information disclosure in order to upgrade their integrity and transparency.

Moreover, state media organizations should support the production of online media or television programs featuring knowledge and experiences on the success of using information technology in information disclosure and public services.

A total of 8,303 state organizations took part in the ITA program in the 2020 fiscal year. Their average score was 67.9, slightly higher than that of 2019.

 

Source: The Government Public Relations Department

 

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