The International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) Working Group on Big Data (WGBD) held its inaugural meeting April 17-19, 2017, in Nanjing, China. Forty nine delegates from 18 Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) were in attendance.
At the opening ceremony, Dr. Sun Baohou, Deputy Auditor General of the China National Audit Office (CNAO) and WGBD Chairman, delivered the welcome address and keynote speech. Mr. Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and WGBD Vice-Chairman, along with Professor Chaisit Trachoetham, Chairman of the State Audit Commission of Thailand, and Dr. Agus Joko Pramono, Board Member of the Audit Board of the Republic of Indonesia, also provided remarks.
Representatives of 13 countries introduced opportunities and challenges SAIs face in the era of big data and shared relevant work experience, as well as perspectives on the future. Participants also discussed research topics including Big Data Audit Fundamental Framework, Audit Technology Innovation, Audit Management Reform and Big Data Audit Practice.
Members adopted the Terms of Reference and the WGBD 2017-2019 Workplan during the two-day event and are scheduled to meet in the United States in 2018 for the next WGBD meeting.
Note: INTOSAI’s WGBD is a specialized working group approved by INCOSAI in December 2016 under Strategic Goal Three: Knowledge Sharing and Services. Its objective is to examine the challenges and opportunities faced by SAIs in the era of big data; to summarize the knowledge and experience in the field of big data assisted audit; and strengthen relevant bilateral and multilateral technical cooperation. As of April 2017, WGBD has 19 full members and one observer. At present, SAIs of China and USA serve as Chairman and Vice-Chairman, respectively.