The number of unattached officers in the public service payroll has remained fairly constant in recent years and currently it is 6,177 are recorded as unattached.
Downsizing or right sizing of the public service through rationalization of the number of agencies, a freeze on public service recruiting and improved management of personnel has been a central theme in all public sector reform announcement.
Of the total number of unattached officers, 1,250 are in the Police Force being newly admitted probationary constables from Bomana Training College awaiting their assignments. Most of these officers are unattached as a result of reorganization and continue to perform their normal tasks therefore are legitimately paid.
However, it is clear that about 700 of the total are over the compulsory retirement age who have not been removed from payroll due to lack of funds to pay them off. Many agencies with unattached officers are awaiting funding to retrench or to complete reorganizations.