International Journal of Government Auditing – Summer 2017
The Riksdag (Swedish Parliament) elected three new Auditors General (AG) February 15, 2017.
The new AGs, who took office March 15, 2017, are (pictured above from left to right) Mr. Ingvar Mattson, Mr. Stefan Lundgren and Ms. Helena Lindberg.
The AGs are appointed for a single 7-year term to the Swedish National Audit Office (NAO) and are expected to remain in the position until the term's end.
Together, the AGs decide on how the audit areas shall be divided between them; however, each AG then determines the audits to be carried out, the process to be utilized and what conclusions are to be drawn within the individual AG's field of responsibility.
The independence of the three Auditors General is protected by the constitution.
The Riksdag also appoints one of the three AGs to hold administrative responsibility for the Swedish NAO's activities. This position bears the additional responsibilities associated with organizational structure and delegation, proposed application for the annual grant and decisions regarding the Swedish NAO's Annual Report.
In addition to the audit activities and holding the administrative responsibility of the organization, Stefan Lundgren represents the Swedish National Audit Office in the area of international cooperation, such as EU, EUROSAI, GALF and INTOSAI. He is an associate professor in Economics, and has held several research assignments at, among others, the Stockholm School of Economics. Stefan Lundgren has been the Head of the Financial Department at the Ministry of Finance; Managing Director of the Center for Business and Policy Studies; and Director General of the Authority Statistics Sweden (SCB) from 2009-2017.