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Accountability of public resources

As an Office charged with enhancing accountability of public resources, under the provisions of Article 229 of the Constitution, we continue to be  innovative and meticulous in discharging our mandate.  


In an environment where public expectations on accountability is growing, the Office has to think ahead of Wanjiku’s (the citizens’) needs. One of the needs of Wanjiku and key stakeholders is the timeliness of audit reports, which the Office is adequately addressing through automation of the audit process.

On 7th November, 2017, together with my deputies, we launched a software (TeamMate Version 12) that will be the platform of the automation process. The TeamMate Version 12 is a software that is able to manage an audit process right from planning, execution to reporting. TeamMate was preferred after regional and international Supreme Audit Institutions’ (SAIs) benchmarking visits, on automation of the audit process. The countries used as points of reference were Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda as well as Ireland, Australia and Canada. Unlike other SAIs on TeamMate, we will use all the modules that include Team Store, Team Schedule, Team Electronic Working Paper (EWP), Team Tech and Team Central.

Reduced paper work

TeamMate employment will hugely reduce paper work, render audit processes efficient and ensure that

“On 7th November, 2017, together with my deputies, we launched a software (TeamMate Version 12) that will be the platform of the automation process. The TeamMate Version 12 is a software that is able to manage an audit process right from planning, execution to reporting.”

 audit reports are released on time. The tedious manual aspect of processing and movements of physical files will be things of the past. There will be real time reviews and reporting.

 

 Additionally, the Office is focusing on a strategic audit approach premised on Budget as a Control tool given public resources must be budgeted for in a participatory process. The officers are now giving more attention to analytical reviews and risk assessments at planning stages, anchored on understanding the budgets of audit clients.

 

 The approach will enable us harmonise audit planning, fieldwork and reporting, and allow us respond to our assurance strategy anchored on the three pillars of fiscal, managerial and delivery accountability.

 

 The Office is also focusing on audit work that responds directly to the bill of rights and social rights of citizens that will be impacted by the development and implementation of programmes addressing issues of health, clean and safe water, education, housing and social security. This feeds into the social accountability component. The government’s preparedness for the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) shall be assessed.

 

 It is our hope that these interventions will meet the expanding expectations of the public in accountability.

 

 FCPA Edward R.O. Ouko, CBS

 

Auditor-General, Kenya

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