On December 12, the annual forum of the State Audit Office and internal auditors took place finalising the pilot project of the State Audit Office based on cooperation with internal auditors of public administration under direct assistance mode. The event provided an overview of the progress and results of the audits of the Annual Report for the financial year 2018, as well as discussed further cooperation in the audit of the Annual Report for the year 2019 and other current issues of cooperation.
Ms Arina Andreičika, Head of the Internal Audit Department of the Ministry of Finance, informed the forum participants about the results of the common priority audited in public administration “Delegation of Public Administration Functions”, while Ms Zita Zariņa, Director of the Audit and Methodology Department of the State Audit Office, briefed internal auditors about the amendments to the Law on State Audit Office of the Republic of Latvia. Ms Ilze Bādere, Head of Sector of the Audit and Methodology Department, told internal auditors about the approach of the State Audit Office in planning audit topics.
Ms Guna Krūmiņa, Senior State Auditor of the Audit and Methodology Department, reported the progress and results of the pilot project regarding the auditing of administration and accounting of state fees to internal auditors. Ms Krūmiņa especially thanked the participants of the pilot project such as representatives of internal audit of the Ministry of Defence, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Culture, Welfare, Transport, Agriculture, as well as Lielvārde and Brocēni Regional Governments by expressing satisfaction with the results achieved in the pilot project.
The State Audit Office also invited the internal auditors to cooperate in the audit of the Annual Report for the financial year 2019 under direct assistance mode as well when assessing public expenditure on research and similar services.
There were 28 internal auditors from 26 Internal Audit Units of ministries, government authorities, and local and regional governments participating in the Forum.