International Journal of Government Auditing – January 2015

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New Employees join IDI

IDI is pleased to welcome the following new employees:

  • Anibal Guillermo Kohlhuber: Manager Capacity Development (OLACEFS) who has joined IDI on secondment from SAI, Argentina.
  • Minor Sancho Rodriguez: Manager ELearning and Web Solutions has joined on secondment from SAI, Costa Rica.
  • Camilla Constance Fredriksen: Adviser (INTOSAI-Donor Secretariat) has joined on secondment

from Office of Auditor General, Norway.

IDI Staff Meeting 2014 held in Oslo

The annual IDI staff meeting 2014 was held in Oslo from 25-27 August 2014. Key results over 2013-2014 and the plans for 2014-2015 were discussed. Results and indications from the 2013 IDI Global Survey were also discussed. The focus areas for IDI programs during 2015-2018 were identified and discussed. Updates were shared regarding several IDI policies and internal projects. The following are the six priority areas:

Graphic illustrating the six priority areas.
In addition to the six areas mentioned above, the IDI Board has also identified a program on ‘Developing Young SAI Leaders’ as a priority area.
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INTOSAI-Donor Steering Committee meeting held in Paris

The 7th Steering Committee Meeting of the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation was hosted by the Cour des Comptes in Paris September 17-18. The meeting was attended by 70 delegates representing donors and the INTOSAI community. Key items on the meeting agenda were progress of matching donors with concept notes received under the Global Call for Proposals 2013, discussion of the initial results of the IDI’s 2013 Global Survey, progress on the piloting phase of the roll out of the SAI PMF, the ongoing evaluation of the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation, and approval of the 2015 Work Plan for the INTOSAI-Donor Secretariat.

The INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding had its 22nd donor signatory - the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Mr. Jon Lomoy, Director of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate expressed that the signature demonstrates OECD’s significant commitment towards strengthening accountability, transparency and the effectiveness of Supreme Audit Institutions worldwide.

ISSAI Implementation Initiative (3i Program)

3i Workshop for Facilitating ISSAI Implementation (Compliance Audit) for ASOSAI and PASAI

Workshop on Facilitating ISSAI Implementation for ASOSAI and PASAI region was held July 28- August 2, 2014, in Manila, Philippines. The workshop was the last part of the ISSAI Certification Program for the participants from ASOSAI and PASAI in Compliance Audit. At the workshop 31 participants learned how to play their roles as ISSAI advocates, project managers and learning facilitators. Participants also drafted their individual action plans for supporting ISSAI implementation.

3i OLACEFS product adaptation meeting

A team of eleven ISSAI experts and mentors met in Perufrom August 5-22, 2014, to adapt 3i Products and courseware for the ISSAI certification programs in OLACEFS.

3i Workshop on Facilitating ISSAI Implementation (Compliance Audit) for AFROSAI-E and EUROSAI

A workshop on Facilitating ISSAI Implementation for AFROSAI-E and EUROSAI region was held from 8 to 13 September 2014 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. The workshop was the third and final stage of the ISSAI Certification Program for the AFROSAI-E and EUROSAI participants of compliance audit. Twenty-one participants of the compliance audit ISSAI certification program from the AFROSAI-E and EUROSAI regions attended the workshop.

Online test for candidates nominated to participate in the 3i Program in OLACEFS

On September 22, 2014, the IDI carried out an online test for selecting participants for the 3i Program in OLACEFS. Ninety-two candidates from 17 SAIs took the test which was conducted on an IDI platform.

ISSAI-Based Cooperative Financial Audit reporting meeting held in Nadi, Fiji

The IDI-PASAI ISSAI-based Cooperative Financial Audit Reporting meeting was held in Nadi, Fiji October 13-17, 2014. Ten participants from six SAIs participated in the meeting to finalize their draft audit reports . The reports were peer reviewed by other SAI member teams. The teams also received expert feedback and guidance.

IDI’s bilateral support program

The IDI in cooperation with the World Bank provided support to SAI Iraq in developing its learning plan. IDI conducted a workshop for 17 staff members from SAI Iraq in Tunis, Tunisia from August 4-8, 2014. The workshop is based on the IDI’s Learning for Impact guidance. Following the workshop, the team from SAI Iraq is developing their own learning plan which will be reviewed by the IDI.

IDI-CBC support program

IDI facilitated the participation of seven participants from six SAIs to the 2014 annual meeting of the INTOSAI Capacity Building Committee at Lima, Peru, held from September 9-11, 2014. The strategic plan of the committee from 2014-2016 was discussed in the meeting.

IT Audit program

The IT Audit Planning Meeting for the first group of SAIs participating in the capacity development program on IT Auditing was held in Noida, India. SAI teams from 18 countries in ASOSAI and PASAI regions received expert guidance and support in developing their audit plans for conducting IT audits.

SAI PMF Trainings

A SAI PMF training course was held in San Jose, Costa Rica September 22-24, 2014, organized by the CEDEIR (Evaluación Del Desempeño E Indicadores De Rendimiento, OLACEFS), SAI Brazil, and the INTOSAI-Donor Secretariat. The course had 28 participants from 15 SAIs in OLACEFS, in addition to participants from the Inter-American Development Bank. Many of the participating SAIs are already in the process of conducting a pilot SAI PMF assessment.

Pilot SAI PMF workshops on Lessons Learned and Quality Assurance of SAI PMF assessments were held in San Jose, Costa Rica, September 25-26, 2014. The event was organized by the CEDEIR and the INTOSAI-Donor Secretariat. The workshops had 23 participants from 12 SAIs in OLACEFS and the Inter-American Development Bank. Key objectives of the workshops were to expand the use of and improve the quality of SAI PMF in OLACEFS, through sharing experiences of SAI PMF pilots between OLACEFS members and through the INTOSAI-Donor Secretariat sharing experiences and guidance on conducting quality assurance (QA) reviews of SAI PMF reports. The event was also a first step in developing a pool of QA reviewers with a working knowledge in Spanish.

Stakeholder communication through IDI’s participation in meetings

IDI engaged with its stakeholders through participation in different meetings:

Five participants holding certificates.

Participants at the SAI PMF training course in San Jose, Costa Rica.

IDI participated in the annual meeting of the INTOSAI Capacity Development Committee held in Lima, Peru September 9-11 , 2014. An update was provided on the IDI’s activities. Information brochures were distributed regarding IDI’ capacity development programs. IDI participated in the discussions regarding the CBC’s strategic priorities and discussed ways to strengthen the ongoing cooperation.

The INTOSAI-Donor Secretariat attended the 7th meeting of the Working Group for Values and Benefits of SAIs (WGVBS) in Mexico City September 10-11, 2014. An important part of the agenda was the INTOSAI-Donor Secretariat’s progress report on the roll out of the SAI PMF with the following discussions, and the approval of a time schedule for finalising and approving the SAI PMF.

IDI participated in the 47th ASOSAI Governing Board meeting in Moscow, Russia from 21-26 September 2014. The Governing Board was updated about IDI’s activities with specific focus on supporting the implementation of ISSAIs and cooperation with SAIs in the ASOSAI region. A tripartite meeting was also held between the IDI, ASOSAI Secretariat SAI Korea and ASOSAI Training Administrator SAI Japan. The draft strategic plan of ASOSAI was discussed. The IDI also participated in the joint ASOSAI-EUROSAI seminar on lessons learned from implementing ISSAIs.

At the CREFIAF CRRI (Comité régional De Renforcement Institutionnel Des Isc D’Afrique Francophone SubSaharienne) meeting held in Yaoundé, Cameroon August 5-6, IDI’s cooperation with the SAIs in French speaking Africa was discussed.

From August 19-22, 2014, IDI participated in the 17th PASAI Congress in Apia, Samoa. Capacity development issues of relevance to the SAIs in the PASAI region were discussed.

IDI attended the 16th WGEA (INTOSAI Working Group on Environment Audit) assembly in Philippines from September 29 to October 2, 2014. IDI’s last cooperation with WGEA was on forestry audit ending in 2012. Among other issues a program on disaster management based on ISSAI 5500 series was discussed.

On September 18, 2014, IDI participated in the INTOSAI Finance and Administration Committee meeting in Paris. A wide range of issues were discussed, including the work of the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation and the scheme of INTOSAI certification and accreditation.

At the 6th Steering Committee meeting of the INTOSAI Knowledge Sharing Committee in Cairo, Egypt October 14-15, 2014, an update on IDI’s activities was provided with a focus on sustained cooperation with the KSC and its constituent working groups on specialised areas of SAIs’ operations.

The annual meeting of the Working Group on Public Debt took place in Seoul, Korea October 22-24 ,2014. IDI’s ongoing program on audit of sovereign borrowing and lending frameworks was discussed.

IDI also participated in the AFROSAI Governing Board in Sharm-El-Sheik in Egypt October 23-30, 2014. Issues regarding cooperation and support in capacity development of SAIs were discussed.

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