Wrong mes­sages from the Na­tional Au­dit Of­fice

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - DEBATE & ANALYSIS -

Ref­er­ence is made to Ar­chi­tect Carmel Ca­co­pardo’s ar­ti­cle en­ti­tled “Wrong mes­sages from the Na­tional Au­dit Of­fice” (TMIS, 29 April).

The NAO wishes to clar­ify a num­ber of points made by the au­thor, specif­i­cally those re­lat­ing to the role of the Of­fice in “do­mes­tic work­ing groups”.

The NAO par­tic­i­pates in such work­ing groups as ‘ob­server’. The Of­fice plays no ex­ec­u­tive or ad­vi­sory role. That said, within the pa­ram­e­ters of au­ton­omy and in­de­pen­dence, its par­tic­i­pa­tion is of para­mount im­por­tance as it keeps abreast of de­vel­op­ments tak­ing place across the Pub­lic Ser­vice. This ap­proach is adopted by other sim­i­lar in­sti­tu­tions abroad.

We re­fer the au­thor to the sem­i­nar men­tioned on page 13 of the NAO’s pub­li­ca­tion “Work and Ac­tiv­i­ties of the Na­tional Au­dit Of­fice 2017” dur­ing which the Role and Con­tri­bu­tion of the Pub­lic Au­di­tor in Pub­lic Fi­nan­cial Re­forms was ex­ten­sively dis­cussed. Ex­perts from HM Trea­sury and UK NAO shared their ex­pe­ri­ences on how the two in­sti­tu­tions co­op­er­ated within the am­bit of the UK NAO’s au­ton­omy and in­de­pen­dence.

In the light of a fast de­vel­op­ing en­vi­ron­ment, the Na­tional Au­dit Of­fice can­not adopt an in­su­lar ap­proach but needs to en­sure that it keeps up with the au­dit needs aris­ing from the re­forms adopted by Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment.

The NAO wishes to clar­ify that as far as fi­nan­cial leg­is­la­tion is con­cerned, the pre­rog­a­tive rests with the ‘ex­ec­u­tive’. The NAO’s role is solely to elab­o­rate on short­com­ings aris­ing from its au­dits, to high­light risks in the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s fi­nan­cial man­age­ment sys­tem and to en­sure that the NAO’s rec­om­men­da­tions are fully un­der­stood. At the same time, the NAO safe­guards its po­si­tion in re­spect of any amend­ments to statu­tory time­frames and obli­ga­tions which may im­pact the Of­fice’s work.

All this is in line with the NAO’s vi­sion “... to be an agent of change con­ducive to achiev­ing ex­cel­lence in the pub­lic sec­tor” Mario Sant Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer Na­tional Au­dit Of­fice

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