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.
16.11.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the Ministry of Defence and its management of service contracts, namely catering, cleaning and running of military housing facilities, and guarding of ammunition depots within the period from 2009 to 2014. In total, the Ministry spent CZK 5,300 million for these services, out of which CZK 4,700 million were scrutinized during the auditing operation.
20.10.2015 - From October 12 to 15, 2015, President of the Supreme Audit Office Mr. Miloslav Kala and representatives from the Committee on Public Administration, Regional Development, and the Environment of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic visited the Slovak Republic and the Republic of Austria.
12.10.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) audited the Ministry of Agriculture and its management of water supply and waste water treatment and also scrutinized funds that were utilized in development and reconstruction projects in this area within the period from 2009 to 2015. At selected municipalities and water management companies, auditors scrutinized how the funds were utilized.
29.9.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) carried out an audit of management of EU funds in the Czech Republic at the Ministry of Education and at the Ministry of Agriculture. Auditors scrutinized data included in annual accounts, financial statements, and closing accounts of the State budget headings for the year 2014.
14.9.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the Ministry of Defence and the State budget funds, which were utilized from 2002 to 2014 to ensure the national biological defence. A calculation was made by the SAO auditors, according to which the Ministry has spent for construction and operation of the new Těchonín Biodefense Centre CZK 2,900 million so far. Out of this amounts, auditors scrutinized more than CZK 274 million in details.
8.9.2015 - On September 8, 2015, Prime Minister of the Czech Government Mr. Bohuslav Sobotka arrived at the Supreme Audit Office (SAO) headquarters and met President of the SAO Mr. Miloslav Kala, Members of the SAO’s Board and some of the SAO’s top managers. During the meeting, both Prime Minister Sobotka and President of the SAO Kala addressed the issues related to the SAO’s future audit activities and the required increase in the SAO’s competences in the field of the budgetary performance of regional and local governments as well as in enterprises partially owned by the State.
8.9.2015 - On September 7, 2015, a delegation of the Republic of Belarus consisting of representatives from Belarusian Ministry of Economy, Minsk City Executive Committee, educational institutions, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) arrived at the headquarters of the Supreme Audit Office (SAO) to meet representatives from the Czech chapter of Transparency International as well as Vice-president of the SAO Ms. Zdeňka Horníková and other SAO representatives.
31.8.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized whether the Ministry of Finance kept its accounting for the year 2013 in agreement with the applicable legislation. Auditors aimed at important accounting events at the Ministry as well as with other headings of the State budget, which the Ministry administers, namely the State budget headings 396 – Public Debt, 397 – Public Financial Assets Transactions, and 398 – General Cash Administration.
24.8.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of the Czech Social Security Administration and scrutinized whether its accounting books were kept in accordance with applicable regulations and whether its 2014 annual accounts were compiled in agreement with the relevant legislation.
20.8.2015 - On August 17–18, 2015, a delegation from the supreme audit institution of the Slovak Republic headed by President of the Supreme Audit Office (SAO) of the Slovak Republic Mr. Karol Mitrík arrived at the SAO. It was the first bilateral international trip of President Mitrík who was elected to the post in May 2015 and replaced the previous long-standing President of the SAO of the Slovak Republic Mr. Ján Jasovský.
17.8.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit aimed at funds, which were utilized from 2009 to 2015 to extend the Metro Line A. Construction works related to four new stations of the Metro Line A, which started their test operations on April 6, 2015, were supposed to cost CZK 22,600 million.
10.8.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the costs of the establishment of the State Land Office (SLO), which replaced the Land Fund of the Czech Republic. Auditors focused on the new office’s management and scrutinized how the SLO fulfilled duties related to restitutions of church assets. The audited period was from 2012 to 2014. The most serious error found at the SLO was using company cars for personal travel without financial compensation. The SLO was established in 2013 and annual savings were planned to amount to CZK 227 million, namely since the stuff was downsized by 358 employees. But in 2014, the SLO hired 215 new employees. The question is whether the planned savings will be achieved in following years.
13.7.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized funds, which were utilized for so called “national projects” that were funded under the Education for Competitiveness Operational Programme. The audited period was from 2007 to 2014. Auditors selected and scrutinized three projects worth CZK 1,700 million in total: “Traineeships in companies – practical training”, “Development and implementation of the National system of qualifications”, and “Keys for life – developing key competences in interest and informal education”.
30.6.2015 - On June 25, 2015, Dr. Josef Moser, President of the Austrian Court of Audit and Secretary General of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI), arrived at the Supreme Audit Office (SAO) for an official visit. On the agenda of his meeting with top representatives from the SAO were future possibilities of co-operation between both institutions.
29.6.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office scrutinized funds, which were used to improve the efficiency of the public administration. For that purpose, Smart Administration Strategy was developed, which also aimed at improving the socioeconomic development and quality of life in the Czech Republic.
24.6.2015 - The meeting of the Contact Committee of the Heads of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of the European Union and the European Court of Auditors (the Contact Committee) is held every year. Among the participants to the Contact Committee are delegates from EU candidate states as well as representatives from several other EU institutions. The aim of this meeting is to discuss relevant matters and challenges focused around EU financial management issues.
16.6.2015 - President of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) Vítor Caldeira came to the Czech Republic for a four-day visit, during which he will meet President of CR Mr. Miloš Zeman and Prime Minister Mr. Bohuslav Sobotka. President Caldeira will also attend a meeting of the Committee on Budgetary Control of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament.
15.6.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized management of EU funds under the Rural Development Programme and aimed at achieving the objectives and sustainability of the projects under the Programme within the period from 2010 to 2013. The funds were distributed by the Ministry of Agriculture. Auditors selected and scrutinized 120 projects, which had utilized CZK 375 million in total.
1.6.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized funds, which were used for remittance costs of land consolidation – the process of rearrangement of land parcels and their ownership – and for land improvement projects. Among other financial sources, funds were provided by the Ministry of Agriculture from the Rural Development Programme.
27.5.2015 - From May 20 to 21, 2015, a meeting of top representatives from supreme audit institutions (SAIs) of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia), Austria, and Slovenia took place in Kobior, Poland.
25.5.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized providing, absorption, and utilisation of funds aimed at the development of university research infrastructure. Auditors focused on the period from 2007 to 2015 and selected and scrutinized seven projects worth CZK 2,600 million in total. In the programming period 2007–2013, the Ministry of Education provided funds in the total amount of CZK 12,600 million, which were aimed at priority axis 4 of the Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovation (OP RDI). The absorbed EU funds were mainly utilized for constructions of new facilities, purchases of new equipment and instruments, and for modernization of old buildings.
18.5.2015 - From May 12 to 14, 2015, the Supreme Audit Office (SAO) organized and hosted a meeting of experts involved in the INTOSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing (WGEA) research project that focuses on energy savings. Working Group on Environmental Auditing is a working group under the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions, which aims to provide supreme audit institutions (SAIs) with the guidance materials on how to audit a particular environmental or sustainable development topic.
18.5.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) carried out an audit of the Ministry of Finance and selected beneficiaries – recipients of the financial assistance from the EU Solidarity Fund, which was utilised in the Czech Republic to deal with damages caused by the floods in 2010. To deal with the damages, the total amount of CZK 400 million was drawn by the Czech Republic; the sum represents the maximum possible grant from the Fund. Auditors scrutinized the Ministry and its administration of financial assistance in the amount of CZK 345 million.
14.5.2015 - A panel discussion about internal and external auditing was held on May 14, 2015, at the headquarters of the Supreme Audit Office (SAO). It was the very first meeting of representatives from all main auditing institutions of the Czech Republic.
11.5.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office scrutinized the Ministry of the Environment and its accounts as well as reporting in their financial statements and final accounts for the year 2013. During the auditing operation, a significant overall inaccuracy in the total amount of CZK 7,100 million was found.
11.5.2015 - On May 7, 2015, Danish ambassador in the Czech Republic and delegates from Danish Parliament as well as from the supreme audit institution of Denmark (Rigsrevisionen) met with President of the Supreme Audit Office of the Czech Republic (SAO) and other SAO’s representatives at the SAO’s headquarters in Prague.
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