The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan General Budget Department
Achievments and Activities

Achievments and Activities for the year 2015. available in Arabic

Achievments and Activities for the year 2014

First: Preparing the Law of the General Budget and the Law of the Budgets of the Government’s Units

  • Prepare the draft Law of the Public Budget and the draft Law of the Budgets of the Government’s Units for the fiscal year 2014, which were approved under Law No (5) of 2014 for the General Budget of the fiscal year 2014 and Law No (6) of 2014 for the Budgets of the Government’s Units of the fiscal year 2014 dated on 28/1/2014, and published in the Official Gazette on 12/2/2014 issue No (5270).
  • Start preparing the draft Law of the Public Budget and the draft Law of the Budgets of the Government’s Units for the fiscal year 2015.
Second: Preparing the Manpower Bylaw of the Ministries and the Government’s Units and Departments
  • Prepare the draft Manpower Bylaw for the Ministries and the Government’s Departments and Units for the fiscal year 2014, which was approved under Bylaw No (41) of 2014 for the Manpower Bylaw of Ministries and Government’s Departments and Units of the fiscal year 2014 on 19/03/2014, and published in the Official Gazette on 04/06/2014 issue No (5279).
  • Start preparing the draft Manpower Bylaw of the Ministries and the Government’s Departments and Units for the fiscal year 2015.
Third: Preparing a preliminary document on the priorities and policies of the government regarding the General Budget for the years (2015- 2017)

Prepare this document within the framework of the schedule of the phases for the preparation of the General Budget in order to highlight the most prominent features and factors of the General Budget within a medium-term framework, in addition to the proposed policies and procedures invoked in the preparation of the 2015 draft budget.

Fourth: Preparing a quarterly report on the progress of work of the national integrity system

According to the requirements of the operational plan to enhance the national integrity system in the implementation of projects of which responsibility of their implementation fall under the General Budget Department. The Department has concluded a quarterly report on the progress of work on the projects under its responsibility. These projects include the preparation of budgets on the basis of Results- Oriented Budget (ROB), a quarterly review of the capital expenditure of the government, including a comparison between the percentage of completion and the volume of spending, taking into account the sources of funding for each of them, and develop a mechanism to ensure the linkage between the approving of budgets and the manpower tables simultaneously, in addition to conduct a study of the independent institutions in respect of the budgets, resources and staff number, and the extent of their need, as well as the redeployment of the staff and the development of appropriate mechanisms to deal with the issue of increased number of staff required by these institutions. Moreover, the projects include the development of a mechanism to increase coordination level between the Audit Bureau and the General Budget Department before monitoring the allocations for the defaulted projects that did not achieve their objectives, in order to identify the causes of default, promote accountability and to determine the feasibility of continuation reserve allocations for such projects.

Fifth: The most important developments relating to the application of modern concepts and methodologies in the management of the budget
  • To support and deepen the trend towards Gender Responsive Budget:
  • Participate in the development of the national strategy for women, and work with the National Jordanian Committee for Women's Affairs and the United Nations for women, on issues relate to Gender Responsive Budget.
    • Participate in the launch of Gender Responsive Budget draft carried out by the National Jordanian Committee for Women's Affairs through effective partnership with the concerned official national institutions, in particular the General Budget Department and the concerned ministries. The National Committee in cooperation with the United Nation for Women established a support network for the “Gender Responsive Budget”, which included in its membership the Department, the concerned ministries, decision-makers, and civil society organizations, for the purposes of building capacities and strengthening the commitment to integrate gender in the General Budgeting process.
    • A number of employees of the Department have participated in the workshop, which was held in Rabat with the participation of nine Arab countries in addition to the organizer body " United Nation for Women" in order to review the experiences of countries participated in the Gender Responsive Budget. The workshop addressed the mechanisms of these countries in the preparation of this budget, as well as how to integrate those mechanisms in programs, plans and strategies of ministries in the coming years, in addition to the role of the Lower House and human rights organizations in the process of supporting the preparation process of the Gender Responsive Budget.
  • Within the framework of the Department pursuit to develop a real mechanism to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of budget operations, the Department began developing a system to monitor and evaluate the performance of ministries and government’s departments and units in cooperation with the second fiscal reform project, which is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The system aims to set the basic cornerstone for the process of evaluating the achievements of various government institutions and the extent of the achievement of those strategic objectives and thus their contribution to the achievement of the national goals and priorities. the Department's efforts aims to enhance the transparency of the budget and its ability to provide information that will enable decision makers to draw on more accurate and objective grounds for the process of decisions making.
  • Workshops were held in collaboration with the fiscal reform project on the "Review and evaluation of programs" and "Monitoring and evaluation", in addition to another training workshop on "the principles of financial and economic capital projects evaluation" directed to the managers of the sectors and budget analysts in the Department.
  • The Department has prepared in cooperation with the second financial reform project a "Budget Manual" and an executive summary of the manual. The manual addresses the General Budget analysts, personnel of budgeting and planning in the ministries and in the government’s departments and units. The guider, moreover, consists of three main sections, the first section reviews the theoretical and conceptual framework including five major parts: the impact of the budget cycle on government policy, the legal framework of the preparation of the General Budget, the budget classification (Chart of Accounts), the role of various government agencies in the preparation of the annual General Budget Law, and the methods of budget analysis. While the second section reviews the phases of the budget cycle, including follow-up and evaluation mechanisms of the budget operations. The third section deals with the preparation of mechanism of the capital budget including the mechanisms for determining the costs and benefits of capital projects, in addition to the preparation of manpower bylaw of the ministries and government’s Departments and units and the mechanism of the preparation of the budget of the functional governmental body.
  • It reviewed the performance measurement indicators of the ministries and government’s departments and units that are included in the Law of the General Budget and the Law of the budgets of government units of 2014, where a committee was formed in the General Budget Department to review the performance measurement at the level of strategic objectives and programs and to propose the necessary amendments and approve, add, or abolish any new indicators from both Laws. Recommendations were prepared of the proposed amendments to be discussed by the budget analysts, in cooperation with the ministries and government’s departments and units upon the preparation of the draft Law of the General Budget and the Law of the budgets of government’s units for the fiscal year 2015.
  • It reviewed and updated the strategic plan for "a comprehensive reform of public financial management in Jordan" for the years (2014- 2017), including the proposed reforms in the report of Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) for 2011, and completed the section of the General Budget Department by the teamwork, which was formed for this purpose by the Ministry of Finance, the General Budget Department, the Income and Sale Tax Department, Jordanian customs and the General Supplies Department.
  • It established the unit of institutional performance development to be responsible for the process of follow-up and evaluation of the extent of the completion of the strategic plan and ensuing action plans as well as the strategic planning of the Department.
Sixth: Enhance the principle of transparency in General Budget affairs
  • The General Budget Department has reviewed and analyzed the questionnaire prepared by the International Budget Partnership Organization in Washington regarding the budget transparency in Jordan as it commented on the results of the questionnaire and prepared an appropriate response on the evaluation, which was prepared by the Jordanian civil society institutions in this regard, in addition to the most important procedures and practices applied in Jordan that aim to enhance the transparency of Public Budget management in Jordan as well as it provided supporting and proofing documents. The questionnaire included several factors, designed to assess the availability and dissemination of key budget documents to the citizens such as the budget Law, the citizen budget, the mid-year report of the Ministry of Finance and the report of the Audit Bureau. The questionnaire also included an assessment of the comprehensiveness of the Draft Budget in terms of its data and information, and the comprehensiveness of the other major budget documentation as the Citizen’s Guide to the Budget. Moreover, the questionnaire included an evaluation of the strength of Control Institutions in the Kingdom, represented by the Parliament and the Audit Bureau, in addition to assessing the extent of the participation of citizens in the preparation of the budget.
  • It held many activities and workshops in cooperation with the Financial Services Volunteer Corps (FSVC) to spread awareness on the affairs of the General Budget and enhance the participation of civil society organizations in the provision of annual inputs on the Citizen's Guide to the Budget.
  • It issued the document of "Citizen's Guide to the Budget for the fiscal year 2014" in order to strengthen the channels of communication and mutual trust between the citizen and the government and to promote informed participation in the affairs of the General Budget. The document also reflects the Department's commitment to enhance transparency on the volume and structure of the Kingdom of revenues and expenditures, in addition to , it enables the Jordanian citizens' access to the maximum amount of the budget’s information and data, which would allow them to identify the volume of the financial allocations directed to the economic sectors and public services that have a direct reflection on the daily lives of the citizens, this leads citizens to achieve full understanding of the sources of public spending and its aspects.
  • In the Department interest to communicate with all public and private local authorities and international agencies on the General Budget Law, a document of "the Budget in Brief for fiscal year 2014", was issued including the economic and fiscal performance budget summary of 2013, assumptions of 2014 budget, the macroeconomic projections of 2014 and the main budget highlights of 2014 budget, the most important developments in 2014 budget, the mechanism of the General Budget preparation, and potential risks that may face the General Budget at the medium term. The issuance of this document contributes to the improvement of the evaluation of the General Budget management in the kingdom by the competent international bodies, especially with regard to transparency and reporting of the budget preparation and execution.
Seventh: Hosting the visit of the delegation of the International Monetary Fund

General Budget Department hosted the visit of the delegation of the International Monetary Fund to the Kingdom during 3-16/12/2014, in order to provide technical assistance to the Government of Jordan in the development of budget preparation, management of public investment and the use of (GFMIS) system in the process of budget preparation and monitoring the liabilities and arrears of spending. The delegation has prepared a report on the visit including proposals and recommendations in the above mentioned areas; moreover, the General Budget Department prepared its comments on the report and addressed the International Monetary Fund in this regard.

Eighth: Preparing reports on the evaluation of budget performance

Preparing quarterly reports on the performance of the General Budget through 2014 include the evaluation of the General Budget performance during 2014 compared with 2013.

Ninth: Preparing the annual report

The General Budget Department in 2014 prepared the ninth annual report for the year 2013, where it included the developmental role, strategy and services of the General Budget provided by the Department in addition to the achievements of the Department and its future aspirations.

Tenth: Issuance of manuals of work and services of the General Budget Department

The General Budget Department has issued services manual to state the services provided by the Department through all the phases of the General Budget cycle, according to the Organic Budget law No (58) of 2008, including the procedures, documentation, the expected time required to complete the service and place of service. As it has been issued a “the General Budget Department Manual” with a view to define the Department, its inception, its development, and the overall statement of its functions, in addition to the review of the evolution of the volume of the General Budget in the Kingdom, the numbers of staff in the ministries and in the government units during the period between (1970-2013). Moreover, it has been issued " manpower bylaw of ministries and government’s departments and units manual" in order to increase the awareness of the concerned persons in the ministries and in the government’s departments and units on the mechanism of the preparation of manpower table and to clarify the sequential procedures for the preparation of manpower table as well as to explain the responsibilities entrusted to all the concerned parties and committees formed for this purpose. The Department and for the purpose of highlighting the importance of analysis of income and expenditure items, it has been initiated the preparation of two guides for the public expenditure and revenues which contain legislative reference for each item of revenue and of expenses classified according to chart of accounts, and it is expected to be completed and issued during the first half of 2015.

Eleventh: Responding to the recommendations of the Finance Committee in the Lower House and the Financial and Economic Committee in the Upper House

Within the framework of the government follow-up of recommendations of the Upper and Lower Houses, the General Budget Department has prepared a response to the recommendations of the Financial and Economic Committee in the Upper House and the Financial Committee in Lower House on the draft Law of the General Budget and the draft Law of the budgets of the government’s units for the fiscal year 2014, where it determined the recommendations, their content, the concerned bodies of responding, and the procedure that have been taken by the concerned authorities.

Twelfth: Translation of the Law of the General Budget and the Law of the budgets of the government’s units

The Law of the General Budget and the Law of the budgets of the government’s units for the fiscal year 2014 have been translated into English and published on the website of the Department.

Thirteenth: Computing

In this area, the following points have been accomplished:

  • Download and apply the systems of the personnel affairs and salaries with the necessary training to the Ministry of Environment and the Department of Antiquities.
  • Develop and follow up the system of King Abdullah II Award for Excellence.
  • Prepare a comprehensive study of the system of monitoring and evaluation of the capital projects in cooperation with the second project the fiscal reform.
  • Participate in the preparation of the final account of the government’s units in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance.
  • Work to increase the speed of the Internet.
  • Automate the backup process through purchasing (Table Library) device.
  • Issue the reports of the General Budget Law for the purposes of Lower House discussions.
  • Technical follow-up and supervise the process of data entry of manpower bylaw and issue it for the ministries and government’s Departments and units.
  • Continue to provide technical support to the staff of the Department through the maintenance of computers and network devices and provide technical support and follow-up technical for users of (GFMIS) systems.
  • Contribute to the study of the needs of the ministries and the government’s departments of computer hardware and accessories through participation in the purchase committee responsible for the computer equipments in the National Information Technology Centre.
  • Develop policies for passwords and circulate them to Department staff and hold workshops to raise awareness of the concepts of knowledge management and the system of maintaining the security and confidentiality of the information, in addition to follow up the implementation of the activities listed in the knowledge management strategy.
  • Follow-up the renewal of the contract to be added to the Department website and online service with the National Information Technology Centre and licensed an anti-virus program.
Fourteenth: Strengthening the institutional capacity of the Department
  • The Department issued the instructions of the organization and management of the General Budget Department bylaw No (1) for the year 2014 issued under the provisions of Article (11) of the administrative organization Regulation for the General Budget Department No (56) of 2006, to determine the functions of the directorates and units of the Department, and determines the relationship and methods of communication between senior management and directors of the Department.
  • The Department participated in about 38 internal and external training courses, workshops and conferences during year 2014, in order to develop its employees' skills and enhance their capacity to carry out the tasks and duties entrusted to them to the fullest and in the following manner:
First: Internal training courses and workshops
NoTrainingStaffOrganizer BodyLocationPeriod
1 Accountant government program (two training courses) 2 Directorate of Training Centre in the Ministry of Finance  Amman Eight weeks each
2 Excel training for the participants in the Japanese training program 5 Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Amman 1-27/2-9/2014
3 EXCEL ADVANCED 2010 3 Statistical Training Centre Amman 9-13/2/2014
4 Audit and investigation committees 2 Audit Bureau Amman 9-11/3/2014
5 Computer use in the preparation of reports 1 Institute of public Administration Amman 26-29/5/2014
6 Innovation and quality in the training and its impact on administrative development 1 Joint efforts group Amman 16-17/3/2014
7 Principles of statistics / statistical analysis and advanced programming using spss 1 Statistical Training Centre Amman 6-17/4/2014
8 Benchmarking 1 King Abdullah II Centre for Excellence Amman 18/5/2014
9 Preparation of administrative leaders 1 Institute of Public Administration Amman 26/5-19/6/2014
10 Specialized training course on the criteria of King Abdullah II Award for Excellence 1 King Abdullah II Centre for Excellence Amman 15-26/4/2014
11 Training sessions on the King Abdullah II Award for Excellence after the adoption of the European model of excellence 1 Institute of Public Administration Amman 13-17/4/2014
12 Social Responsibility 3 Standards and Metrology Organization Amman 3/6/2014
13 Computer use in the preparation of reports 1 Institute of Public Administration Amman 26-29/5/2014
14 Benchmarking 1 King Abdullah II Centre for Excellence Amman 18/5/2014
15 Preparation of administrative leaders 1 Institute of Public Administration Amman 26/5-19/6/2014
16 Policies dialogue in practices 1 Ministry of Planning Amman 22-23/9/2014
17 Specialized training on the criteria of King Abdullah II Award for Excellence in Government Performance 2 King Abdullah II Centre for Excellence Amman 15-26/6/2014
18 Awareness workshops on Mystery Shopper 30 GBD Amman 19-23/6/2014
19 Training courses of King Abdullah II Award for Excellence in Government Performance 4 Institute of Public Administration Amman 13-17/2014
20 Government accountant program / Four advanced courses for the year 2014 1 Training centre of the Ministry of Finance Amman 4/5-4/7/2014
21 Amendments of Civil Service Bylaw No. (82) for the year 2013 1 Civil Service Bureau Amman 10/11/2014
22 Economic diversification and economic competitiveness 4 Ministry of Planning Amman Amman 7-8/12/2014
23 Organizational Assessment Guide and human resources units 1 Institute of Public Administration Amman 23/11-1/12/2014
24 Mechanism of license purchase 1 Information Technology Centre Amman 19/10/2014

Second: External Training courses
NoTrainingStaffOrganizer BodyLocationPeriod
1 Management of macroeconomic and natural resources 1 International Monetary Fund Centre Kuwait 19-30/1/2014
2 Public     investment management /(PIM) 1 International Monetary Fund Centre Kuwait 9-13/2/2014
3 Public Debt Management and Market Policy 5 Japanese International Cooperation Agency Japan 13-20/3/2014
4 External   risks and the policy of the external sector   International Monetary Fund Centre Kuwait 30/3-3/4/2014
5 Integrated     financial management information systems 1 International Monetary Fund Centre Kuwait 17-20/3/2014
           
6 Reform of fuel support 1 International Monetary Fund Centre Kuwait 4-7/5/2014
7 Public Finance Management (First Phase) 2 Dutch government Netherlands 9-17/9/2014
8 Public Finance Management (Second Phase) 2 Dutch government Morocco 2-17/11/2014
9 Medium -term financing of the vocational and technical training and learning program 2 European Union for technical support of the program of the grant of reform of vocational and technical training and learning Germany 14-20/9/2014
10 Macro-economic policies 1 International Monetary Fund Centre Kuwait 7-18/12/2014
11 Medium-term frame of spending 1 the regional centre for technical assistance to the Middle East, Lebanon Lebanon 16-19/12/2014

Third: Conferences
NoTrainingStaffOrganizer BodyLocationPeriod
1 Modern   strategies of the management of organizations in accordance with the concept of competencies to achieve organizational excellence 2 Joint   efforts group Amman 22-25/6/2014
2 Arab economies, conflicts and crises 3 Afaq Group Amman 3-4/6/2014
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