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Dominican Republic

Open Budget Survey Document Availability Tracker

December 2016 Update

To recognize improvements and identify slippages in budget transparency between rounds of the biennial Open Budget Survey, we periodically assess the public availability of the eight key budget documents – an essential component of transparency. This update presents the results of the most recent of these interim assessments.

Dominican Republic

Open Budget Survey 2015December 2016 Update
Pre-Budget StatementProduced for Internal Use OnlyProduced for Internal Use Only
Executive's Budget ProposalAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Enacted BudgetAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Citizens BudgetAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
In-Year ReportsAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Mid-Year ReviewNot ProducedAvailable to the Public
Year-End ReportAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Audit ReportAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public

As of 31 December 2016, the government of the Dominican Republic makes seven of eight key budget documents publicly available online in a timeframe consistent with international standards. This reflects a net increase over the findings of the Open Budget Survey 2015, which assessed the availability of documents up to 30 June 2014. Since that assessment, the Dominican Republic has published the Mid-Year Review.

To improve budget transparency, the Dominican Republic should publish a Pre-Budget Statement. For more information on the content that the eight key budget documents should contain, and the publication timeframe for each document, please see IBP’s Guide to Transparency in Government Budget Reports and the Open Budget Survey Guidelines on Public Availability of Budget Documents.


2015

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Transparency (Open Budget Index) 51/100 

The Government of the Dominican Republic provides the public with limited budget information.

Public Participation 23/100 

The Government of the Dominican Republic is weak in providing the public with opportunities to engage in the budget process.

Budget Oversight 

By legislature 70/100

Budget oversight by the legislature in the Dominican Republic is adequate.

By auditor 58/100

Budget oversight by the supreme audit institution in the Dominican Republic is limited.

Recommendations 

Improving Transparency

The Dominican Republic should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

  • Publish a Pre-Budget Statement.
  • Produce and publish a Mid-Year Review.
  • Increase the comprehensiveness of the Executive’s Budget Proposal by presenting the Multi-Annual Planning Budget of the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development at the same time as the Executive’s Budget Proposal and the classification of expenditures for prior years.
Improving Participation

The Dominican Republic should prioritize the following actions to improve budget participation:

  • Establish credible and effective mechanisms (i.e., public hearings, surveys, focus groups) for capturing a range of public perspectives on budget matters.
  • Hold legislative hearings on the budgets of specific ministries, departments, and agencies as well as on audit reports at which testimony from the public is heard.
  • Establish effective ways of communicating audit findings to the public.
Improving Oversight

The Dominican Republic should prioritize the following actions to strengthen budget oversight:

  • Establish regular consultations on budget matters between the executive and the legislature.
  • In both law and practice, ensure the legislature is consulted prior to the spending of contingency funds that were not identified in the Enacted Budget.
  • Ensure the supreme audit institution has adequate funding to perform its duties, as determined by an independent body (e.g., the legislature or judiciary).

 







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