ALBANIA: Challenges when Auditing e-Government

The Albanian Supreme Audit Institution has been conducting IT audits since 2014. ALSAI, in its mission to conduct audits of information technology systems, relies on INTOSAI Standards and international best practices, in order to determine whether the entity's objectives are effectively achieved using IT resources, including compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.

CYPRUS: Compliance of the technical requirements and specifications of Cyprus Sports Organisation (CSO) Fan Card Registry System

Cyprus Sports Organisation (CSO) is a semi-public Organisation and is recognized as the Supreme Authority in the Republic of Cyprus for extracurricular sports. Within the framework of its responsibilities and obligations under the National Legislation, CSO has announced a tender procedure for the development, maintenance and support of a new management system for the Central Registry of Fan Card Holders and provision of infrastructure as a service.

FINLAND: Performance Audit - current status and development of the Suomi.fi services

The audit was targeted at the Suomi.fi services, which are support services for digital transactions. The Suomi.fi services are an essential part of public administration's shared digital infrastructure, and public sector organizations are, as a rule, obliged to use them. In its audit, the National Audit Office of Finland (NAOF) examined whether the Suomi.fi services support the activities of the Finnish public administration in line with the objectives set for them and whether they are developed according to need.

Suomi.fi services are intended to provide organizations with solutions and tools for improving their digital services and their delivery to end users easily and reliably.

GEORGIA: State Audit Office of Georgia real time experience in recommendation follow-up with innovative ARIS platform

This article shares the experience of the Georgian SAI regarding the recommendations follow-up approach by using recently launched Audit Recommendation Implementation Electronic System (ARIS) that has been particularly remarkable.

GERMANY: Data Management in the German Federal Administration

The German SAI conducted cross-sectional audit work on data management (DM) in the German federal administration. The Federal Government promotes the use of data in civil society and public administration. To this end, it published its data strategy in 2021. In order to successfully implement this strategy, professional management of administrative data is required. DM includes all procedures and processes that are necessary to provide usable data in the business processes.

LATVIA: Can we rely on access to information systems and the receipt of e-services?

The amount of expenses for the operation of information systems (IS) and the maintenance of the related ICT infrastructure in public administration continues to grow in Latvia. During the last five years, it has increased from 41 million euros to 64 million euros per year. IS operation is the basis for receiving e-services. In turn, the level of IS availability reached is one of the indicators of IS maintenance which indicates cost-effectiveness.

THE NETHERLANDS: Netherlands Court of Audit publishes online course on Data Analytics in Audits

With more and more government information being produced digitally, auditors can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the flood of raw data. But help is at hand. Data analytics creates new opportunities to detect hidden patterns in the data and make audits more efficient, reliable and transparent. Quantitative data analysis facilitates every phase of the audit so that all the available information can be audited.

ROMANIA: Development of the Digitization Strategy for the Romanian Court of Accounts - identification of digitization needs in order to develop the New Digitization Strategy

The Romanian Court of Accounts is taking important steps in the development and implementation of a new institutional strategy that will be completed with a Digitization Strategy - for the period 2023-2027. The development of the Digitization Strategy is part of the DGREFORM Project – REFORM/SC2021/107, part of Framework Contract No. SRSS/2018/01/FWC/002, financed by the European Commission, thus, during the course of the project, the digitization needs were identified.

"Virtual coffee break with a colleague" takes place also in 2023

In 2022, ITWG has launched the event "Virtual coffee break with a colleague“ that is accessible for EUROSAI IT Working Group members only.

Cooperation between ARABOSAI ITWG and EUROSAI ITWG on IT audits

EUROSAI and ARABOSAI are interested in boosting their cooperation in the field of Information Technologies (IT) audits. Regional Secretariats of EUROSAI and ARABOSAI signed a mutual agreement document on the 10th of November 2022 during INCOSAI Congress in Rio de Janeiro.

Summary of ITWG 15th meeting

The meeting took place 6-7 September in a hybrid format in Bucharest, Romania. On the 6th September, a seminar “IT standards and guidelines – what is the future of IT auditing” was held, where over 150 participants from approximately 50 different countries participated, among them approximately 50 in-person attendees present in Bucharest.

The training course “IT audit for non-IT auditors“ has been launched, the first module available for learning

In the frames of Research and Training Hub project, EUROSAI IT Working Group is developing a training course "IT audit for non-IT auditors".

New member in the EUROSAI IT Working Group

We are glad to announce that starting from November 2022, the EUROSAI IT Working Group has a new member – the National Audit Office of Kosovo*.

INDIA: The Blockchain Revolution - Implications for SAIs

Blockchain technology has so far been closely associated with Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in the popular discourse. But away from the hype, Blockchain holds immense potential for application in use cases for the public sector in functions which deal with asset management.