CZECH REPUBLIC: Opportunity for a coordinated audit on the Population and Housing Census 2021

In 2022, the Supreme Audit Office of the Czech Republic is going to conduct an audit on the Population and Housing Census which took place in 2021. The key focus of the audit was presented at the 14th  Meeting of the EUROSAI IT Working Group held in Tallinn on 9-10 November 2021. The Czech SAO acknowledges SAI Estonia’s readiness to cooperate on this audit and invites all the other ITWG members to participate as well. For further information, please visit this topic on the BIEP portal here.

CYPRUS: Audit of Tax Management System

According to the 2019 Fiscal Report of the General Accounting Office (GAO), the revenues of the Central Government related to direct taxation amounted to approximately €2.1 billion or 21%. These revenues are managed by the Tax Department (TD) depending mainly on Tax Management System (TMS).

TMS is used for direct taxation in a wide range of functions such as managing taxpayer data, managing tax declarations, calculating and enforcing taxes and managing revenues and tax returns.

GERMANY: Data analysis - challenges, tools and future trends in auditing ERP systems

Analysing data has become more and more important to support audit work. With an increasing number of authorities using IT systems in a wide range of applications, these systems have to be audited.

GERMANY: De-Mail, the scarcely used electronic equivalent to letter post, caused costs of €6.5 million

The Ministry has failed to establish De-Mail, the German e-mail communications service, as electronic equivalent to letter post within the German federal government. Authorities, citizens and companies hardly ever use De-Mail for electronic communication.

MALTA: IT Asset Management Audit

This year the Malta National Audit Office conducted an audit on IT Asset Management across government Ministries and Departments. Essentially the audit assignment sought to analyse the processes and procedures regulating the management of IT assets across the Public Service. The review was carried out across three ministries and two departments, namely the Ministry for Economy and Industry, the Ministry for Health, the Ministry for Justice, Equality and Governance, the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and the Government Printing Press. Feedback was also sought from the Chief Information Officer of the Ministry for Finance and Employment, the Chief Information Officer of the Office of the Prime Minister, the Treasury and MITA[1].

ROMANIA: Digital Transformation of the Romanian Court of Accounts

The Romanian Court of Accounts has laid the foundations and developed a computer application that functions on the SQL Server platform. The developed application aims to be an integrator of the financial data sets reported by all public institutions in Romania to the Ministry of Finance. These data sets, used exclusively in the internal analysis of the Romanian Court of Accounts, aim to show the budget execution regarding the revenues and expenditures made by the public institutions.

SERBIA: Digitalization of the Audit Procedure in the State Audit Institution of the Republic of Serbia early in 2022

In January 2022, the State Audit Institution of the Republic of Serbia (SAI of Serbia) will introduce a system for automated digital implementation and monitoring of the audit procedure, which will improve the quality and speed up the audit procedure.

SLOVENIA: Efficiency of managing cybersecurity risk of the ELES company critical infrastructure, short audit resume

The Court of Audit of the Republic of Slovenia (hereinafter referred to as: Court of Audit) audited the efficiency of ELES, Ltd, Electricity Transmission System Operator (hereinafter referred to as: ELES) in critical infrastructure cybersecurity risk managing. It was the second audit by the Court of Audit reviewing the issue of cybersecurity.

INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) – a new initiative is coming!

Picture an ideal state. Efficient functioning of the Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) and processes such as planning, resource management, knowledge management, monitoring, conducting audits and reporting, all strengthened by use of information and communication technology (ICT[1]).

ITWG 14th meeting

The meeting was held 9-10 November in a hybrid format in Tallinn, Estonia. On the 9th of November, over 200 participants from 66 countries were hosted during the seminar “Brace for impact - SAIs pinpointing cyber-risk”. Topics discussed ranged from cybersecurity strategic outlook and cyber critical infrastructure to the management of cyber incidents and the panel discussion “Modern approach to cyber-security auditing” brought out the governments’ and SAIs’ role in protecting the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure.