Netanyahu's Office Under Fire for Taking on Too Many Personal Aides

New State Comptroller's report expected to show number of aides employed by Prime Minister's office increased six-fold from 1995-2010.

The number of personal aides and advisers employed by the Prime Minister's Office increased six-fold during the years 1995-2010 because the Civil Service Commission failed to establish clear criteria for these positions, a report being issued on Tuesday by the State Comptroller's Office is expected to show.

According to Civil Service regulations, prime ministers, ministers and ministry directors-general are permitted to hire people to fill certain "positions of personal trust" without issuing a tender. The only restriction on these hirees is that they may not be integrated into the management echelons of the government ministry.

Benjamin Netanyahu - Reuters - 30.10.2011

The report is expected to show that during these 15 years, which span seven governments and five prime ministers, the number of positions of personal trust in the Prime Minister's Office reached 53, while in only 10 cases were all the criteria permitting their employment without a tender fulfilled.

State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss is expected to criticize the prime ministers for taking on so many aides without considering whether there was a real need for them.

He is also expected to point an accusing finger at former Civil Service Commissioner Shmuel Hollander for wantonly approving the hiring of these assistants in contravention of the regulations that appeared in Civil Service circulars, and often without examining whether the aides were qualified for the positions they were filling.

The report is also expected to reveal that there was a substantial increase in the number of "personal trust" positions among clerical workers approved between 1995-2005.

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