Spring 2017

Preparing Supreme Audit Institutions for Sustainable Development Goals
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Preparing Supreme Audit Institutions for Sustainable Development Goals

Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) are invaluable in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 global goals with 169 targets to be accomplished by 2030. The United Nations (UN) believes SAIs are essential in promoting and fostering the efficiency, accountability, effectiveness and transparency of public administration. The International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) has set out to develop a framework for SDG-related audits...

SAI Slovakia: Cooperative Efforts=Better Results
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SAI Slovakia: Cooperative Efforts=Better Results

"No man is an island." This famous phrase, written by John Donne, suggests we are better together than we are apart. This simple notion is behind all cooperative efforts, no matter how large or small. As of 2015, there were 2,890 municipalities in the Slovak Republic, and the Supreme Audit Office of the Slovak Republic (SAO SR) has the responsibility to audit all of them. With such a high number of municipalities and audit subjects...

PSC Passes Baton, Aims for Ambitious Program
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PSC Passes Baton, Aims for Ambitious Program

The incoming chair and vice-chair of the Professional Standards Committee (PSC), the Brazilian Federal Court of Accounts (TCU—SAI Brazil) and the European Court of Auditors (ECA—SAI European Union) took the baton from the outgoing chair (Rigsrevisionen—SAI Denmark) during the INTOSAI Congress in December, and they have plans for an ambitious program...

ASOSAI, AFROSAI Sign Memorandum of Understanding
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ASOSAI, AFROSAI Sign Memorandum of Understanding

At the XXII Congress in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, ASOSAI and AFROSAI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that launches an outline to initiate, develop and follow-up on standardized cooperation through a systematized and regular cooperation mechanism. Through this MoU, both organizations will facilitate the enhancement of professional capacities to improve auditing by...

Evaluation Working Group: Achievements and Future Prospects
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Evaluation Working Group: Achievements and Future Prospects

Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) pursue three objectives when evaluating public policies: (1) enlighten public debate, (2) offer recommendations to improve or discontinue a public policy and (3) analyze the follow-up to these evaluations. The Evaluation Working Group (EWG), composed of 22 SAI members and chaired by SAI France, was tasked with establishing widely accepted guidelines on evaluating public policies. The resulting document...

Kuwait’s SAB Participates in Workshops, Meetings
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Kuwait’s SAB Participates in Workshops, Meetings

Kuwait’s State Audit Bureau (SAB) participated in numerous workshops, seminars and committee meetings to cap off 2016, including the European Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (EUROSAI) Working Group on Environmental Auditing (WGEA) 14th Meeting in Macedonia that included a training seminar on "Audit Sustainable Development." SAB also contributed...

Guatemala’s SAI Implements ISSAI E-Learning
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Guatemala’s SAI Implements ISSAI E-Learning

As part of the ongoing effort in implementing the International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAI), the Comptroller General (CG) of the Republic of Guatemala, Mr. Carlos Enrique Mencos Morales, successfully finalized necessary actions to develop an e-Learning program, "Professional Update on International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions." The Government Regulatory and Training Department led the training program...

Turkish Court of Accounts Coordinates Meetings, Workshops
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Turkish Court of Accounts Coordinates Meetings, Workshops

The Turkish Court of Accounts (TCA) hosted several meetings in Ankara, Turkey, in October 2016, including the 21st Economic Cooperation of Supreme Audit Institutions (ECOSAI) Governing Board Meeting; 16th Training Committee Meeting; and 7th ECOSAI Assembly. Mr. Seyit Ahmet Baş, ECOSAI Chairman, kicked off the meetings with opening remarks to attendees...