The EUROSAI IT Working Group Workshop, ITWG, on e-Government Control Space and Active IT Audit Manual, Bratislava, on 14-16 October 2019

21.10.2019

On October 14 - 16, 2019 in Bratislava, Slovakia a meeting was held on the e-Government Control Space and Active IT Audit Manual of the EUROSAI IT Group, ITWG, one of the most active EUROSAI working groups that aimes at furthering the exchange of inter-institutional expertise and experiences among SAI-s in the european region, encouraging the implementation of joint activities, stimulating European SAI-s to explore the strategic consequences of IT related developments, promoting cooperation in the design of IT related audits and promote joint audits between SAI-s.

In the meeting that was organized under the auspices of the Supreme Audit Office of the Slovakia, was attended by representatives from Poland, Portugal, Estonia, Slovakia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Serbia, Turkey, Hungary and a representative from the Federal Court of Accounts of Germany.

The ALSAI was represented in this meeting by Mr. Benard Haka, Chief Auditor and Auditors Ms. Elsona Papadhima and Mr. Redon Xhelilaj.

The workshop was opened with the welcoming speech of Mr. Karol MITRÍK, President of the SAI of Slovakia, who emphasized the importance of organizing these workshops as one of the effective ways to share best practices between SAI-s and to learn more from working with each other.

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On October 14, Mr. Pawel Jan Banas, representative of the Polish NIK, on behalf of the SAI leading working group, after the opening remarks and the thanks to the SAI of Slovakia as the host of this meeting, made a presentation of the subgroup projects of electronic government and the achievements so far.

On the first day was discussed on the CUBE platform, for which Mr. Banas presented the innovations of this project for auditing, incorporating new techniques of searching and identifying risk cases using new technologies such as artificial intelligence on audit reports, and demonstrating it with concrete examples of GAO audit reports of the United States of America, the NAO of Finland and the NAO of Sweden. In his presentation Mr. Banas emphasized that “CUBE (Control Space for e-Government) is a module designed by SAI-s members of EUROSAI - IT Working Group, to simplify and consolidate IT auditing. The purpose of this module is to turn it into an intelligent database of audit reports, from which e-GOV electronic government audits can be easily accessed ”, where each SAI can absorb from the sharing of experiences between SAI-s. The day continued with developing some practical tasks for testing the new CUBE module for selecting and evaluating the most risky cases of an audit project.

On the second day the meeting was followed by the presentation of the project on Active Information Technology (AITAM) by Mr. João Carlos Cardoso, representative of the Court of Accounts of Portugal. By Mr. Cardoso, was presented the web version of the Active Audit Manual (AITAM), a new and updated version. The day continued with the development of a practical task from audits received by CUBE to build key matrices for planning an audit project. Participants also did some mobile testing on the Active IT Audit Manual (AITAM) on the web.

On the third day the meeting was followed by the introduction of new plugins for the web version and their implementation in the Active IT Audit Manual (AITAM) by Mr. João Carlos Cardoso. Mr. Cardoso explained how they function and the facilities they provide when they are part of the audit in terms of risk assessment.

The day continued with developing some practical tasks on using the web version of the manual and using these plugins as well as building findings and reporting them in the audit report.

During the days of the development of the workshop, participants had the opportunity to participate in some of the tourist activities organized by the SAI of Slovakia.

At the conclusion of the three day workshop, the moderators of the meeting, Mr. Pawel Jan Banas and Mr. João Carlos Cardoso, realised a summarizing of all the conclusions reached and thanked all participants.