Editorial

Photo: Autumn 2021 Editorial Ana Arraes
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Building Resilience in Times of Adversity

I was Vice President of the Brazilian Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) when COVID-19 broke out worldwide, posing extraordinary challenges to people and organizations. However, this was not the first time I had faced adversity. Having lived through difficult historical periods in Brazilian history, such as the years of military dictatorship, I have been...

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From Awareness-Raising to Concrete Action: IDI’s Initiatives to Support SAI Independence

We all know the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been devastating and—the word of the year—unprecedented. Faced with the urgent need to be more agile, flexible, and transparent, Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) across regions have had to rethink the timing, visibility, and scope of their audit work. This situation has complicated an already complex matter...

Gene L. Dodaro, United States Comptroller General
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Addressing COVID-19 Implications Nationally, Globally

The COVID-19 Pandemic has posed significant challenges to public health, the global economy, our governments, Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs), and the citizens we serve. As an independent, non-partisan, objective agency, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) provides oversight of the federal response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. GAO has...

Auditing Sustainable Development: INTOSAI Community Milestones
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Auditing Sustainable Development: INTOSAI Community Milestones

The Spring 2020 Edition of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) Journal is dedicated to a very promising, yet quite challenging, topic: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. While the world has seen a number of development agendas, none have been fully comprehensive, proactive and inclusive. The novel coronavirus outbreak has, once again, reminded us...

Achieving Audit Quality: A Path Lined with Obstacles, As Well As Treasures
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Achieving Audit Quality: A Path Lined with Obstacles, As Well As Treasures

Ensuring the highest audit quality is a permanent, endless road lined with seemingly never-ending obstacles. Quality is a philosophy, a key priority and the cornerstone of Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) work. It is a component of strategy, culture, rules and practices, and, given these characteristics, quality is first and foremost. Achieving audit quality requires an appropriate legal framework and institutional independence. The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) of the Slovak Republic...