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Welcome to the Web site of the Supreme Audit Office (SAO), an independent institution which audits the management of state property and the performance of the national budget.

The status, the jurisdiction, the organizational structure and other details regarding the SAO shall be defined by Constitution of the Czech Republic and Act No. 166/1993 Coll. concerning the Supreme Audit Office, of May 20th, 1993.



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Report on EU Financial Management in the Czech Republic (EU Report 2016)

EU report 2016 - titulka 4.11.2016


Meeting of Head Representatives of the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of the Visegrad Group, Austria and Slovenia (V4+2)

V4+2 meeting: Group photo 9.9.2016 - This year´s V4+2 meeting took place in Lednice from 5 until 7 September 2016. Main theme consisted of acquiring data necessary for audit activities, their analysis and possibilities for use of the compiled data for mutual international comparison of the effectiveness of the national economies. Participants of the meeting discussed the different possibilities for use of the great amount of data available from public information systems and also data generated from own analytical activity within audits carried out by the individual SAIs.


44th EUROSAI Governing Board meeting

44th EUROSAI Governing Board meeting - President of SAO Miloslav Kala with czech delegation 21.6.2016 - On June 13–14, 2016, President of the Supreme Audit Office (SAO) Mr. Miloslav Kala and other representatives from the SAO took part at the 44th EUROSAI Governing Board meeting, which was held at the premises of the European Court of Auditors in Luxemburg.


The Ministry of Transport's informational systems cost millions of CZK: without any strategy, with delays, and public contracts without competition

Binary code 6.6.2016 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audited of the Ministry of Transport and funds utilized for procurements of their informational systems. The Ministry of Transport has 50 informational systems, which cost over CZK 1,200 million in total.


11th meeting of the EUROSAI IT Working Group

11th meeting of the EUROSAI IT Working Group - Group photo 3.6.2016 - On June 2–3, 2016, the Supreme Audit Office (SAO) organised 11th meeting of the EUROSAI IT Working Group (ITWG) in Prague, the Czech Republic. The ITWG aims to further the institutional sharing of expertise and experiences among supreme audit institutions in the European region, and to encourage the implementation of joint activities in the field of information technologies.


Audit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs found errors in property lettings and high tuition fees with children of embassies’ employees

Logo of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 30.5.2016 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) carried out an audit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its management within the period from 2012 to 2014. In total, auditors scrutinized property worth more than CZK 752 million and funds exceeding CZK 349 million and concluded that the Ministry made accounting errors, let premises in central Prague for low prices, and paid extremely high tuition fees for employees’ children, which varied from one State to another in CZK 1 million for one child in one year.


The CzechTourism agency: wellness trips for CZK 600,000, a farewell party paid with tax payers' money, CZK 250,000 for unnecessary membership fees

Logo CzechTourism 23.5.2016 - The Supreme Audit Office carried out an audit at the CzechTourism agency and the Centre for Regional Development of the Czech Republic and scrutinized their management within the period 2012–2014. In total, auditors scrutinized funds in the amount of CZK 326 million and property worth CZK 294 million.


Investment incentives for higher employment: out of CZK 1,500 million nearly CZK 900 million used without justification for creating new job vacancies

People at the Labour Office 16.5.2016 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and at the Labour Office of the Czech Republic and scrutinized funds used for training activities and creating new jobs through investment incentives in the period from 2012 to 2014.


The IMF delegates came to the SAO to discuss EU structural funds

Representatives from the International Monetary Fund and from the SAO 13.5.2016 - Tree representatives from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) arrived at the headquarters of the Supreme Audit Office (SAO) to meet with President of the SAO Mr. Miloslav Kala and other SAO’s representatives to discuss the beginning of the new programming period and to learn how the Czech Republic dealt with problematic issues in the previous programming period.


The assessment of common asylum and migration policy problematic in the Czech Republic as well as in the rest of the EU

Migrace 9.5.2016 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized national as well as EU funds, which were utilised for implementation of the common asylum and migration policy. Auditors aimed at projects that target the improvements of conditions for the migrants’ registration, the integration of immigrants from non-EU countries, returns of migrants to their countries of origin, and the control of the EU’s external border.


Railways should have been opened to private operators since 2011, but the Ministry of Transport failed to choose contractors by 2015

Train City Elefant 2.5.2016 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized subsidies to passenger railway transport and aimed at the Ministry of Transport, which guaranteed services of train lines, compensated the Czech Railways for operating losses, and was opening the market to more operators.


The Security Services Archive fails to disclose historical documents from the non-freedom period and the communist totalitarian regime

The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes 25.4.2016 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (Institute) and the Archive of Security Forces (Archive) and their management from 2012 to 2014. Auditors scrutinized how these institutions carried out their main tasks, particularly the digitalization of archive documents.


The NEN tool cost CZK 230 million and was launched 2.5 years behind schedule; only few public contracts have been awarded so far

Logo NEN 18.4.2016 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the Ministry of Regional Development and funds, which were utilized for development of the national infrastructure for electronic tenders (NIPEZ). Auditors aimed at the national electronic tool for awarding of public contracts (NEN), which is one of the NIPEZ features. The development of the NIPEZ cost around CZK 700 million.


President of the Czech Republic supports the extension of the SAO’s powers

President of the SAO Miloslav Kala and President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman 13.4.2016 - On April 12, 2016, President of the Supreme Audit Office Mr. Miloslav Kala came to the Prague Castle to submit the SAO’s Annual Report for the year 2015 to President of the Czech Republic Mr. Miloš Zeman.


Even after 20 years, the ownership of Most and Milada Lakes remains unclear

Lake Chabařovice (source: PKÚ) 11.4.2016 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized funds that were utilized by the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the state enterprise Palivový kombinát Ústí (Fuel Processing Plant) during rehabilitation works within the period 2002–2015 in the abandoned mines of Ležáky and Chabařovice in the Ústí nad Labem Region.


Representatives of public authorities, the non-profit sector, and academics discussed potentials offered by open data in public administration

President of the SAO Miloslav Kala during the opening speech 22.2.2016 - On February 19, 2016, representatives of more than 30 public administration authorities, the non-profit sector organisations, and academic institutions met at the headquarters of the Supreme Audit Office (SAO) to discuss the potentials of open data in public administration sector.


In 2014, professional firefighters did not receive half of amounts claimed for help in traffic accidents because of conflicting rules

Firemen 25.1.2016 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized management of regional professional fire rescue service units in Prague, South Moravian, Liberec, and Pardubice regions in 2013 and 2014. Auditors scrutinized property worth CZK 532 million and funds in the amount of CZK 90 million and concluded that the collection of charges in case professional firefighters helped during traffic accidents was complicated because of confliction legal regulations and that the General Directorate of the Czech Fire Rescue Service failed to set clear rules for reimbursements for some provided services. The SAO also pointed out that the General Directorate should procure the emergency equipment from the purchasing centre.


Some 50 scientific centres established for CZK 36,000 million; further costs of their five years’ operation would amount to CZK 24,500 million

Laboratory 18.1.2016 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized selected projects funded from EU funds under Integrated Operational Programme, Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovation, and Operational Programme Education for Competitiveness. Auditors aimed at the sustainability of projects and further funding during the sustainability period. Sustainability is among requirements for allocating the funds from operational programmes.


Management of regional police directorates: errors in accounting as well as when purchasing vehicles

Police cars (source: Policie.cz) 11.1.2016 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized management of five selected regional directorates of the Police of the Czech Republic within the period 2012–2014. The audited bodies were regional police directorates in Prague, Ostrava, České Budějovice, Ústí nad Labem, and in Hradec Králové. Auditors focused on the owned property, buildings, and vehicles as well as housing costs of police dogs and horses.


Management of the Health Insurance Company of the Ministry of the Interior: millions of CZK spent on marketing, gifts, and consultants

Logo of the Health Insurance Company of the Ministry of the Interior 4.1.2016 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized funds collected in accordance with law in favour of the Health Insurance Company of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic within the period from 2012 to 2014. The Health Insurance Company is the second largest in the Czech Republic with more than 1.2 million insured persons. In 2004, the Health Insurance Company received insurance payments that overreached CZK 26,400 million.


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