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SA points to flaws in state institutions’ accounting and use of funding

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUConcluding its audits for last year, Latvia’s State Audit views the quality of financial accounts as generally stable. The compliance of budget use for certain goals, on the other hand, is lagging – several million euros have been spent on inappropriately planned objectives.

BNN was informed by SA that the general consensus on state institutions’ accounts is that the 2016 situation on accounting matters was not different from the trends noted in previous years  – state institutions, for the most part, can properly manage their resources. Problems do pop up here and there – unlike 2015, when audits provided positive results for the first time in a long period, there have been four reports with negative sides.

SA mentions two problematic cases – Education and Science Ministry and VARAM failed to resolve problems that were previously noted by auditors. «Although problems can be resolved, the process of realizing recommendations is too slow. Defence Ministry has been given a piece of criticism for the inability of institutions under its authority to secure accounting that would provide clarity about its income and expenses. In addition, the internal control environment of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau is not ordered in a way that would allow a check of the institution’s finances,» SA continues.

State Auditor Elita Krumina: «Although accounting is usually associated with formalities, it has major importance for an institution to manage resources entrusted to it appropriately. We cannot expect any property to be properly managed if the institution entrusted with their management doesn’t even know what it owns. Improperly managed financial resources do not allow management of different institutions to perform objective evaluation as to whether or not services provided by it are profitable or not. This is why SA pays close attention to making sure accounting is accurate.»

SA emphasizes that since 2013 the institution has been proposing sorting out the single reward system. Audits performed since then have shown, however, that many institutions provide bonuses for accomplishments to nearly all employees, using advantages provided by the law to the maximum, effectively making it part of the work wage, not a motivating tool.


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