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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.



News:

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.


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.


Delegation from OECD at the SAO

Delegation from OECD at the SAO 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.


EU allotments earmarked for energy savings used purposefully, but the CR may not achieve all binding targets in the end

Energy savings 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.


Ministry of Defence awarded contracts for guarding ammunition depots to one particular supplier without tendering

Ammunition depot (source: Ministry of Defence) 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.


President of the SAO with representatives from the Senate visited Slovakia and Austria

Meeting with President of the Slovak SAI Mr. Karol Mitrík 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.


Sewerage systems should have been in accordance with EU directives in 2010; one-fifth of inhabitants still do not have compatible systems

Outfall sewerage into the river 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.


Administration of excise duties on tobacco and alcohol drinks improved, but serious risks remained. New check bands did not meet expectations

Cigarette and alcohol 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.


Administration of funds from abroad improved, but significant risks persist in this area

Euro banknotes 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.


Těchonín Biodefense Centre remains unfinished after 10 years of construction, cost CZK 2,900 million so far

Těchonín Biodefense Centre (photo: Ministry of Defence) 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.


Prime Minister Sobotka does not underestimate the SAO’s reports about problematic financial management of the State

Prime Minister of the Czech Government Bohuslav Sobotka with President of the SAO Miloslav Kala and Vice-president of the SAO Zdeňka Horníková 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.


Representatives from Belarusian Ministry of Economy, Minsk City Executive Committee, Belarusian educational institutions, and NGOs at the SAO

Representatives from Belarusian Ministry of Economy, Minsk City Executive Committee, Belarusian educational institutions, and NGOs at the SAO 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.


Errors found in the accounting of the Ministry of Finance for the year 2013

Accounting documents 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.


2014 annual accounts of the CSSA in accordance with regulations

Logo of the Czech Social Security 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.


Supreme audit institutions of the Czech and Slovak Republics made a co-operation agreement regarding audits of excise duties’ administration

President of the Supreme Audit Office of the Slovak Republic Karol Mitrík with President of SAO CR Miloslav Kala 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.


The project of extending the Metro Line A could not be scrutinized as the SAO is not allowed to audit all public funds

Logo of the Prague Metro 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.


State Land Office deals with restitutions of church assets: many requests not processed in time as there is only a 6-month period to fulfil all duties

Logo of the State Land Office 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.


National Gallery sent a picture to an exhibition and could not find it 2 years after the event, but filled criminal complaints 13 years later

Logo of the National gallery 20.7.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the National Gallery in Prague, the National Library, and the National Library of Technology and aimed at the financial managements of these allowance organizations from 2012 to 2014. Auditors scrutinized funds in the amount of CZK 500 million and aimed at outsourced services, tenders, and management with the State property.


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