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International Journal of Government Auditing – October 2013

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Editors of the International Journal of Government Auditing

For almost forty years, since its inception in 1974 as a quarterly publication printed in INTOSAIís five official languages, this Journal has endeavored to foster meaningful communication among government auditors.

Through its printed pages, the Journal has created a community among INTOSAI members, one where supreme audit institutions (SAIs) can express common concerns and challenges, as well as best practices forged from experience.

INTOSAIís Communication Policy, adopted by the XIX INCOSAI, also focuses on the benefits of encouraging among INTOSAI members the free flow of information, ideas, experience and knowledge.

In this spirit, and in keeping with INTOSAIís motto that ďmutual experience benefits all,Ē Journal contributors and readers share informed ideas that can be applied individually, regionally, and across the globe.

Planning for the Future

While the printed Journal is a valuable tool for strengthening INTOSAI knowledge sharing and capacity building, we believe that our publication can transcend its pages and become a stronger web presence and a more interactive resource.

As part of this quest to better serve the INTOSAI community, we plan to integrate updated tools and technologies, and additional content, into our website. The Journal is looking at ways to add resources such as photo galleries, and audio and video clips, from various INTOSAI events. Other possible features include resource sections, and topic pages for subjects such as INTOSAI working groups, task forces, congress reviews, audit profiles, case studies, and best practices.

Additional content and more interactive technologies would increase the value of the Journalís website to its readers. For example, discussion forums dedicated to specific articles or topics would enable readers to discuss the material presented, and interviews with the authors of technical articles would provide a venue for further dialogue. Such features would offer readers enhanced opportunities for clarification and collaboration.

In addition to expanding our content and resources, we hope to raise awareness of our website in order to increase our availability to readers throughout the auditing community. While all SAIs will continue to receive print copies of the Journal, we are now asking other entities, such as academic institutions, libraries and private individuals, to experience the Journal online at http://www.intosaijournal.org. Readers can also sign up for a free subscription at http://www.intosaijournal.org/subscribe.html.

Seeking input from our readers

The Journal thrives on content we receive from INTOSAI members and others in the public auditing community, and these contributions are what make this publication such a valuable knowledge sharing platform.

Contributions to the Journal can take many forms, and in each issue readers can expect the following:

Editorials: In an editorial, heads of SAIs and leaders of other accountability organizations and partner institutions have the chance to express views and thoughts on issues that are of particular concern to our community. Often provocative, editorials provide a ďview from the topĒ and have been invaluable in framing discussions and advancing INTOSAIís goals.

Technical articles: In keeping with the Journalís use as a teaching tool for audit practitioners, articles most likely to be accepted are those that deal with practical issues facing government auditors. For example, we welcome case studies that describe knowledge learned from actual work experience, including audit techniques and methodology.

News in Brief: SAI news items on numerous topics including but not limited to the following: announcements of new auditors general (biographical information and photographs), annual audit reports, special SAI reports and publications, new audit and evaluation methodologies, new audit legislation or developments in an SAIís mandate, and training and professional development programs conducted by SAIs.

Inside INTOSAI: Here readers find news about the work of INTOSAIís committees, working groups, and task forces, as well as reports from its seven regional working groups, the General Secretariat, and other special programs. In advance of each issue, Journal staff solicit items for this section directly from the heads of these groups. In all cases, we publish contact details so readers can learn more about INTOSAIís work and programs.

Other regular features: Staff responsible for the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) prepare regular updates on its work. Each issue of the Journal also features a calendar of regional and INTOSAI-wide events.

As we embark on a plan to upgrade our publication, enhancing the utility of the Journal to our readers remains our primary consideration. Please continue to contact Journal staff with your ideas, questions and proposed material, as we are happy to work with you throughout the submission process.

Because the Journal is designed to inform and engage a diverse audience of auditors general, public auditors, and others in the global accountability community, we would like to ask you how we can make our publication more relevant to your needs:

  • What information and features would you like to see in the Journalís website?
  • What types and forms of content would best serve and support the common endeavors of SAIs?

We hope to hear from you as we continue to craft a platform for open, transparent communication, one designed to advance the profession of public auditing.

To provide your input, please contact the Journal:

E-mail: intosaijournal@gao.gov
Website: www.intosaijournal.org
Telephone: 1.202.512.4707 or 1.202.512.2593