27 October 2016

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NSDC comments on situation around launch of e-declaration system

Following the provocative mention of the NSDC secretary's surname in the context of issues related to the introduction of the e-declaration system and efforts of "regular corruption-fighters" aimed at making the employees of some media distort objective information, the NSDC press service was forced to make a statement.


"The Staff of the NSDC of Ukraine is one of the few government agencies that works effectively in difficult conditions of military aggression and socio-economic crisis. The NSDC of Ukraine and its Staff saved the prestige and influence, without replacing the government bodies, and operating solely within the legislation and the Constitution of Ukraine," the statement said.

"We emphasize that the powers of the NSDC of Ukraine, its staff, and the Secretary of NSDC Ukraine do not include the implementation of the e-declaration system. The National Agency for Corruption Prevention (NACP), an independent body that was elected on a competitive basis in an open and transparent manner, is responsible for its implementation and functioning. Neither the President of Ukraine, nor the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, nor, least of all, the NSDC of Ukraine has any impact on the NACP. Stories about any political quotas in NACP are cynical lies and provocations."

The state examination of the CISS (complex information security system) of the e-declaration system was carried out by the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine – the central executive body directly responsible for information protection. Derzhspetszvyazok, like any other central authority, is neither directly nor indirectly under the NSDC of Ukraine.

The NSDC of Ukraine does not submit or approve nominations for the positions of heads of central authorities, including the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection, and does not affect their appointment by the government. Head of the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection Leonid Yevdotchenko is a high-level professional who works fairly and impartially.

Over the past several weeks, "regular corruption-fighters" had placed active political and administrative pressure on the leadership of Derzhspetszvyazok and state experts, forcing them to issue a certificate of conformity of the e-declaration software for the CISS.

Groysman demands e-declaration system be fully operating soonAt the press conference, where the participants derailed the national currency (flushing it down the toilet), it was stated that the issuance of the certificate of conformity of the e-declaration system for the CISS was not a legal but a political issue. We disagree with this statement. This issue, indeed, is not legal, but is in no way not political. Political statements and planted articles cannot replace the need for reliable protection of state databases. Therefore, this problem lies solely in the technical and technological sphere.

It is not our task to analyze where and how the money provided by Ukraine's partners to "regular corruption-fighters", clients, software developers and their support groups, was used. However, when the deadlines for software development were not adhered to, and instead of integrated software only its "important part" was put into operation, those responsible took offense instead of apologizing and appealing for help. They were deliberately delaying for submission the examination of low-quality material and organized the dirty campaign of harassment of state experts, hoping that the lack of time and the political and administrative pressure would force state experts to resort to forgery and issue the Certificate of conformity, the report stated.

When these plans were frustrated, a new version was fabricated hastily – "the rebellion" of senior officials and "the ubiquitous hand of the NSDC". All this baloney was complemented with attempts to spread panic about the hryvnia exchange rate and announcements of mass autumn riots. All this suggests that the disruptions in the launch preparation of the much-touted software were not accidental.

And in conclusion, the e-declaration system in the country will function despite provocations, dirt and unprofessionalism. When those who took up the resolution of this issue, instead of quality work started to create serious problems, and, therefore, will be unable to correct the flaws and  complete the work, we suggest contacting the secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine, who in his free time can organize the development of the e-declaration system in a qualitative manner and within short timeframes.

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