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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
28.12.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) aimed at the Ministry of Interior and the state-owned enterprise Czech Post and scrutinized EU allowances as well as national budget funds utilized from 2008 to 2014 in projects, which aimed at the computerisation of public administration.
21.12.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) carried out an audit at the Ministry of Health and aimed at reporting on the implementation of the budget and accounting data in 2014. Auditors focused on the completeness and the accuracy of the data and identification of systemic risks. Auditors detected serious errors in the final statements, which amounted to CZK 5,000 million. If no corrective measures are implemented, the national financial statements, which will be produced for the first time for the year 2015, will be affected by these errors.
14.12.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the Ministry of Agriculture and aimed at the exercise of shareholder’s rights in trading companies jointly-controlled by the State in the period from 2013 to 2015. Auditors focused on the implementation of rules related to policy on remuneration of top managers and members of organs in trading companies and selected 31 companies jointly-controlled by the State where the State’s shares amounted to CZK 106,000 million in total.
7.12.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the programme entitled “Plzen – 2015 European Capital of Culture”, under which 17 separate projects were approved by the Southwest Regional Council. EU funds in the amount of EUR 19.5 million were allocated for the projects.
24.11.2015 - On November 20, 2015, a delegation from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) led by Head of Division at the OECD Economics Department Mr. Andreas Wörgötter arrived at the SAO for a meeting, which was also attended by Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the OECD Mr. Pavel Rozsypal.
23.11.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized financial resources used for implementation of projects that aimed at energy savings and verified whether the national and EU targets in this area were achieved and whether the allotments had been used purposefully.
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.
5.10.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized tax authorities and the administration of excise duties on tobacco and alcohol from 2011 to 2014. According to an estimate made by the Customs Administration of the Czech Republic, annual tax evasion of the tobacco and alcohol excise duties ranged from CZK 1,000 million to CZK 2,000 million during the audited period.
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.
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