ISSAI-Based Financial Audits Initiated. At the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI)-Arab Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (ARABOSAI) Financial Audit Planning Workshop held in Morocco in November 2016, six participants from Iraq, Palestine and Sudan (pictured left) were introduced to the IDI draft audit planning methodology for financial audits, which they learned to use to plan pilot audits.
IDI provided online support to the teams early on in 2017 during pilot audit preparations, and similar online support will be provided in parallel as the teams plan the International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAI)-based Cooperative Compliance Audit on Procurements.
ISSAI Facilitator and Mentor Certification. Eighty-eight ISSAI Certification Program participants from French-Speaking Africa (CREFIAF) Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) were certified as ISSAI Facilitators upon completion of all components, including the finalization of their ISSAI Implementation Strategies. The certifications entail 30 facilitators for Performance Audit from 15 SAIs; 30 for Compliance Audit from 18 SAIs; and 28 for Financial Audit from 17 SAIs. Twelve ISSAI mentors (four for each stream), who served as resource staff for the program, were also certified.
IDI+PASAI 3i Cooperative Audit Review Meeting. The IDI-Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) 3i Cooperative Audit Program on Audit of Procurement has reached its final stage. Participating SAI teams completed the audit and attended the audit review meeting in Samoa December 2016 to discuss draft audit reports.
Twenty-two auditors from 10 SAIs—Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, State of Pohnpei Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu—participated in the review meeting to finalize their draft reports. Teams presented the draft reports, which were peer reviewed by other SAI team members. SAI teams then made revisions using guidance provided and discussions with subject matter experts, resource personnel, IDI and PASAI staff. SAI teams finalized their reports for submittal to SAI heads for approval in January.
Draft Guidance Updates. Draft version 0 of “Guidance on Auditing Preparedness for Implementation of SDGs” is now online at the on Knowledge Sharing Committee (KSC)-IDI portal. It can also be found in the XXII Congress materials. Representatives from the IDI, United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) met in Washington, D.C., earlier this year to finalize the guidance. A version centered on an audit model based on whole of government approach is expected in the next few weeks.
Delegates from Cameroon, Morocco, PASAI Secretariat and IDI met in Oslo, Norway in November 2016 to compile and review draft guidance on SAI Independence. The draft guidance is currently out for external comments.
INTOSAI-Donor Steering Committee Leadership Meeting. The INTOSAI-Donor Steering Committee Leadership teleconference took place late January 2017. The meeting including discussions regarding the relaunch of the Global Call for Proposals, Communication plan for 2017, the 2017 Steering Committee meeting and recruitment of a new head of the INTOSAI-Donor Secretariat.