We have received 15 entries for the Game - Spot the Errors - published in the fourth issue of the Newsletter. All answers carry equal weight and a perfect score for each answer is 25. All contestants have scored well with the top winner giving a perfect answer. The most tricky one to spot the error is whether Controlling Officers have a first call on their EPP savings returned to the centre in subsequent Resource Allocation Exercise. The correct answer is "sadly" in the negative. Controlling Officers do not have a first call on their EPP savings returned to the centre. All EPP savings delivered under the 5% target will be pooled for re-allocation to priority areas to meet the community's wish. However, Controlling Officers may retain their other savings achieved in the year from cash-limited subheads in their own "Save & Invest Account".

Answers

1. In the short-term phase of EPP, the target is to achieve savings in recurrent baseline expenditure of 5% by the year 2002-03.
2. The "Save & Invest Account" applies to bureaux' or departments' underspending in cash-limited Departmental Expenses (DE) only.
3. Funds in the "Save & Invest Account" may be drawn by Controlling Officers to spend on one-off projects. These should be initiatives leading to productivity gains and may range from purchase of plant and equipment, investment in IT, to training and cultural change workshop, etc.
4. Although EPP savings returned to the centre are the fruits of the effort of the respective Controlling Officer (CO), CO do not have a first call on their own EPP savings in subsequent Resource Allocation Exercise.

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Congratulations on the following Winners

Name Bureau/Department Prize
1st prize

2nd prize

3rd prize

4th prize

Ms Fiona LI Ching-sheung

Mr TSANG Wai-chung

Mr CHENG Kam-keung

Justine LEE Hang-ling

Ms LAU Yun-ling

Vocational Training Council

Electrical & Mechanical Services Dept.

Social Welfare Department

Hong Kong Council of Social Service

Department of Justice

$500 cash coupon

$300 cash coupon

$200 cash coupon

$100 cash coupon

$100 cash coupon

Winners have been notified separately for collection of prizes.

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