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Towards more efficient and rational operation local governments face many challenges

The provision of services by local governments to residents is the most regular opportunity for interaction with the work of local governments, thus the State Audit Office has carried out two large audits in local governments of 20 municipalities of Latvia on the provision of paid services and the use of resource in the provision of services. (more…)

Still much work ahead for VARAM to implement a targeted climate policy

The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM) has not elaborated a high-quality action policy to tackle climate change. The funds available for this purpose are spent for other needs, as well as invested in rather ineffective projects, according to the results of the audit entitled “Are Funds Intended for Reducing Climate Change Planned and Used in an Effective Manner?” conducted by the State Audit Office. (more…)

SIA “ZAAO” to implement recommendations of the State Audit Office

North Vidzeme municipality waste management company SIA “ZAAO” has taken into account recommendations provided by the State Audit Office (SAO). Calculation of waste management fee of SIA “ZAAO” includes a conversion from weight to volume units of measurement that complies with the actual situation. (more…)

Representatives of supreme audit institutions of the Baltic States discuss Rail Baltica

On 26 and 27 January, representatives of the State Office participated in the meeting of the supreme audit institutions of the Baltic States that took place in Tallinn where they discussed the topicalities and risks of the Rail Baltica project. The participants of the meeting learned about auditing experience in railway industry from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and other countries. (more…)

How to improve out-patient healthcare in Latvia?

The State Audit Office has closed the audit including research of the organization of out-patient healthcare and verification, whether residents of Latvia received the foreseen services, whether the planned intentions in the field of prevention have been achieved and general practitioners are available also in the outermost regions of Latvia, as well as whether funds allocated for the provision of out-patient healthcare have been put to good use. (more…)

International public sector audit standards applicable in Latvia shall be established by the Auditor General

On 15 December 2016, the Parliament of the Republic of Latvia (Saeima) approved amendments of the Law On Sworn Auditors. Amendments of the law provide for the competence of the head of the Supreme audit institution of Latvia – the Auditor General – to establish the public sector audit standards applicable in Latvia. (more…)

The Saeima re-elects Elita Krūmiņa for the office of the Auditor General

The Saeima Press Service informs that on January 19 Members of the Parliament re-elected the current Head of the State Audit Office Elita Krūmiņa for the office of the Auditor General. Candidacy of Ms Krūmiņa was supported by 85 Members of the Parliament, and no one voted against it. (more…)

State Audit Office: Will contribution of the EU structural funds in the area of education in Latvia be justified?

Alongside the audits of 12 other state supreme audit institutions of the European Union (EU), the State Audit Office has concluded the assessment of contribution of the EU structural funds to fulfilment of strategic targets of “Europe 2020” in the area of education. (more…)

By violating procurement regulations, MJSC “Daugavpils siltumtīkli” creates doubt regarding long-term stability of thermal energy tariff

State Audit Office has finished audit “Compliance of Operation of Municipality Joint-Stock Company “Daugavpils siltumtīkli” with the Planned Goals and Requirements of Regulatory Enactments”. Audit did not find discrepancies in determining the tariff for thermal energy provision service, yet no assurance was obtained regarding maintenance of long-term stability of the thermal energy tariff. (more…)

Experts of State Audit Office speak at an international conference

Lelde Dimante, Manager of Audit Result Analysis and Improvement Processes of the State Audit Office, participated in the annual international conference “Audit, Taxes, and Accounting 2016”, where she reported on “Challenges Identified by the State Audit Office in the Area of Improving the Work of Local Governments”. (more…)