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.
6.1.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office scrutinised how the state provided finances to support energy production from renewables. Financial support for installations producing electricity from biomass, wind, water, solar radiation and biogas will remain an extreme burden on the Czech economy for a long time to come. The SAO’s estimate is that the total costs of the supported sources of electricity will exceed a trillion Czech koruna by 2030. The cost was almost CZK 157 billion in the years 2011 to 2014 alone. A significant portion of that sum will be paid by consumers as a surcharge on the electricity they consume.
6.11.2014 - On November 4, 2014, President of the Supreme Audit Office (SAO) met with ambassadors of EU countries, representatives of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and delegates from Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic. The meeting took place at the SAO headquarters in Prague.
24.10.2014 - On October 24, 2014, Ms. Hana Pýchová, recently elected to be a new Member of the SAO Board, took over the post after having been sworn into the office by Chair of the Chamber of Deputies Mr. Jan Hamáček.
22.10.2014 - The Heads of the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of the 28 EU Member States and the European Court of Auditors (ECA) met in Luxembourg on 15–17 October 2014. Contact Committee is a regular gathering of heads of supreme audit institutions (SAIs) of EU countries and the European Court of Auditors (ECA).
20.10.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of the Ministry of Culture and its management within years 2011–2013. Auditors scrutinized properties worth CZK 657.7 million and financial resources in the amount of CZK 34 million. Auditors revealed errors in various areas – in accounting, inventory taking, property transfers to other institutions, renting and leasing of properties, and consulting and legal services.
3.10.2014 - On September 30, 2014, the Italian supreme audit institution Corte dei Conti organised a seminar on the prevention and fight against fraud and other irregularities affecting the financial interests of the European Union with special aim at activities of supreme audit institutions (SAIs).
29.9.2014 - On September 25, 2014, a delegation from the European Court of Auditors (ECA) led by Mr. Phil Wynn Owen, the ECA Member from the United Kingdom, visited the Supreme Audit Office (SAO). The visit was organized in connection with the performance audit that had been carried out by the ECA and focused on errors in public ordering in the area of Cohesion Policy. The audit was carried out in several EU Member States.
24.9.2014 - The Board of the Supreme Audit Office is complete: RNDr. Hana Pýchová was elected today to be the 15th Member. Ms. Pýchová achieved 95 votes out of 144 during a secret ballot in the Chamber of Deputies. She will be sworn in by the Chair of the Chamber of Deputies.
11.9.2014 - This year’s annual meeting of representatives from supreme audit institutions of the V4+2 countries took place in Austria on September 4–5. On the agenda of the meeting were issues related to cooperation of the V4+2 countries, planning of audits, and implementation of international accounting standards.
21.8.2014 - On August 19, 2014, representatives of the Supreme Audit Office (SAO) led by President of the SAO Mr. Miloslav Kala met with members of the Budget Committee of the German Parliament and experts from the German Bundesrechnungshof (BRH).
18.8.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) audited the Ministry of Defence and scrutinized its accounting processes performed in 2012, its final accounts and the closing account for the year 2012, and examined whether the Ministry proceeded in compliance with relevant legal regulations when compiling the accounts.
11.8.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized communication campaigns, which promoted the labels Klasa, Regional food, and Wines from Moravia, wines from Bohemia during the audited period 2008–2013. The food propagation campaigns cost CZK 1,500 million in total and were funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, the State Agricultural Intervention Fund, and the Wine Fund of the Czech Republic. Out of the total amount, the Ministry of Agriculture provided CZK 1,400 million. The SAO scrutinized costs of communication campaigns, which had amounted to CZK 1,300 million.
14.7.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) audited sales of unnecessary properties owned by the Ministry of Defence as well as investment ventures undertaken within the period 2010–2013. In total, 13 investment operations worth CZK 1,200 million were scrutinized as well as nine sales of unused properties worth CZK 566 million. Audited bodies were the Ministry of Defence and the allowance organisation “Armádní Servisní” (Army Services), which manages the Ministry’s housing facilities, rooming houses and other movables and immovable assets.
30.6.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit that aimed at administrative buildings situated in Prague, which are owned and used by six selected ministries. Auditors scrutinized renting of office premises by the ministries and prices, which the ministries charged for leasing of their own office facilities. The audited period was from 2011 to 2013.
23.6.2014 - On June 16–19, 2014, the ninth triennial convention of the European Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (EUROSAI) was held in Haag, the Netherlands. In relation to the central theme of the IX Congress, which was innovation, the supreme audit institution of the Netherlands approached the convention in an innovative way and organized many sessions and workshops.
23.6.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the Czech Industrial Health Insurance Company (CIHIC) and its management with public funds collected under the law within the period 2009–2012. Auditors also scrutinized the acquisitions of other health insurance companies. The CIHIC was established in 1992 under the name “Metallurgical Employees’ Health Insurance Company”, which successively merged three other employees’ health insurance companies: AGEL, the Czech National, and METAL-ALIANCE health insurance companies. In 2012, the total amount of collected insurance payments exceeded CZK 16,600 million and health care costs made more than CZK 16,000 million. By the end of 2012, the number of persons insured with the CIHIC was 1 171 395.
16.6.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of the Ministry of Health and its management within the period 2010–2013. Auditors scrutinized the Ministry’s management of assets, expenses in the amount of CZK 521 million, and costs of ICT technologies, travel expenses, gift and representation costs, and expenses on advisory, legal, and consultancy services.
10.6.2014 - On June 10, 2014, a newly elected Member of the SAO Board Mr. Josef Kubíček was sworn in by Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Mr. Jan Hamáček and assumed the post.
10.6.2014 - On June 4–6, 2014, the Supreme Audit Office was organising a seminar entitled “SAI´s Communication Challenges”, which aimed at communication, public relations, and media. Among attendees to the event were communication experts from supreme audit institutions of Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, and Greece and from the European Court of Auditors.
9.6.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the maintenance and seasonal repairs of main roads and motorways within the period 2010–2013. Maintenance and repairs costs amounted to CZK 31,500 million and were funded by the State Fund of Transport Infrastructure and the Ministry of Transport.
2.6.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of Operational Programme Fisheries 2007–2013. Auditors scrutinized 33 projects worth CZK 128.5 million in total and revealed violations of budgetary principles exceeding CZK 2 million. Auditors also aimed at the Ministry of Agriculture and the State Agricultural Intervention Fund that were responsible for the Programme’s management, provided grants, and monitored the processes.
26.5.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of fines imposed by administration authorities and transferred for recovery to customs authorities (so-called "shared administration") within years 2011 and 2012. The transformation of claims’ recovery to the customs was applied as the imposing authorities were not allowed by law to collect the amounts.
19.5.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) audited accounting records of the Ministry of Regional Development and scrutinized whether the Ministry followed legal regulations when compiled its closing account and financial statements for the year 2012. Auditors revealed errors in the total amount of CZK 25,500 million. Among the reasons of the revealed errors were omitting of records about the transfer prepayment in the amount of CZK 14,700 million.
12.5.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized subsidies from the Operational Programme Environment, which were approved by the Ministry of Environment and the State Environmental Fund of the Czech Republic in period 2008–2013 for purification of waste waters. Auditors aimed at selection, supervising, evaluation, and monitoring processes related to projects, which had been granted subsidies. The auditing operation scrutinized 15 individual projects.
5.5.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of State budget funds spent on the project National infrastructure for electronic public procurement (NIPEZ) and purchases of selected commodities via e-market. The auditors focused on five individual e-markets, which should be used by ministries and eleven other national administration authorities as well as their subordinate organisations to purchase selected commodities.
28.4.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation (EGAP) and funds provided by the Ministry of Finance in 2011 and 2012 in support for the insurance of export activities of Czech exporters. The audit focused on methods, which Ministry used when assessed the EGAP’s requests for financial support for its operations.
24.4.2014 - On April 23, 2014, President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman welcomed Miloslav Kala, President of the Supreme Audit Office (SAO), at Prague Castle.
14.4.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized funds utilized for implementation of the Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovation (OPEI), which aims at increasing the competitiveness of the Czech economy. Out of the Programme’s six priority axes, the SAO focused on priority axes 4 (“Innovation”) and 5 (“Environment for enterprise and innovation”).
7.4.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of state budget funds spent on social care of national or supra-regional extent. Auditors scrutinized funds in the amount of CZK 518 million, which had been administered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affair. The sum included CZK 130 million, which were scrutinized at beneficiaries. At the Ministry, auditors focused on the funding system of social services. At beneficiaries, auditors aimed at compliance with legal regulations and rules for drawing and utilisation of the grants, which had been set by the Ministry.
31.3.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office scrutinized funds provided by the Ministry of Health for reconstructions of local health care centres under the programme “Material and technical development of regional health care” in the period 2009–2012. The Programme intended to support health care facilities, which were founded by municipal and regional councils, to provide better care and improve their equipment. Auditors scrutinized the Ministry of Health that had administered the Programme as well as some beneficiaries.
27.3.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office of the Czech Republic (SAO) and the supreme audit institution (SAI) of Poland finished co-ordinated audit operations, which aimed at funds utilized for implementation of projects within the Operational Programme Cross-border Co-operation the Czech Republic – Poland 2007–2013.
25.3.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) audited funds utilized for implementation of the Operational Programme Cross-border Cooperation the Czech Republic – Poland within the period from 2007 to 2012. Among the audited bodies were the Ministry of Regional Development, the Centre for Regional Development, and 19 selected projects, which were implemented by 10 beneficiaries including regions, municipalities, state allowance organizations, and citizens associations.
17.3.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office performed an audit of the state enterprise Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic (ANS) and its management in years 2011 and 2012. No serious shortcomings were found. Auditors also scrutinized the Ministry of Transport’s fulfilment of its duties as the state enterprise’s founder.
3.3.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized government sport centres that create suitable conditions for preparation of the best national team members in junior as well as senior categories. Auditors focused on state budget funds, which were utilized by three government sport centres from 2011 to mid-2013: University Sports Centre of the Ministry of Education, Sports Centre of the Ministry of the Interior, and DUKLA Army Sports Centre of the Ministry of Defence.
24.2.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of six allowance organisations and their management within years 2011 and 2012. The allowance organisations, which were founded by the Ministry of Education, provide education to children with as well as without physical disabilities. The audit aimed at properties worth CZK 765.4 million in total and management with funds in the amount of CZK 87.6 million.
17.2.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of modernisation of the railway network outside the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), i. e. outside the main corridor lines. The audited period was from 2009 to present. Auditors focused on electrification of railways.
10.2.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) examined the procedures used by the Ministry of Finance to manage and recover the Czech Republic’s receivables of civilian nature. The amount of receivables exceeded CZK 122,000 million by the end of 1998.
6.2.2014 - The Board of the Supreme Audit Office is complete again: In today’s secret vote, Members of the Chamber of Deputies elected Mrs. Hana Hykšová to be 15th Member of the SAO’s Collegium. Out of 161 casted votes, 122 voted for her. Hana Hykšová will be sworn in by the President of the Chamber of Deputies.
3.2.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office performed an audit, which aimed at unpaid taxes and their collection within the period 2011–2012.
27.1.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of the Ministry of the Environment and its management within the period 2010–2012. Auditors scrutinized utilisation of the State budget funds and assets in the amount of CZK 133.6 million.
13.1.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office scrutinized preparation, development, operation, and administration processes related to the implementation of the national registers information system and aimed specifically at two registers – the register of inhabitants and the register of rights and responsibilities of public authorities – which are supervised by the Ministry of the Interior.
6.1.2014 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the state enterprise Fuel Combine Ústí and its management within the audited period 2010–2012. The Fuel Combine Ústí aims at complex revitalizations of former mines and at effacing the impacts of mining activities. The Enterprise also liquidates old ecological burdens in previous oil and natural gas extraction sites in South Moravia. For example, mining localities Ležáky and Kohinoor, Kladno mines, and Eastern Bohemian coal mines come under the Fuel Combine Ústí, which was administering 534 main mining locations by the end of 2012.
30.12.2013 - The Supreme Audit Office scrutinized the Ministry of Industry and Trade and focused on its 2012 auxiliary analytical overview and its compliance with the applicable legal regulations.
23.12.2013 - The SAO performed an audit at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (ASCR) and public research institutes established by the ASCR. Auditors focused on investments in development, maintenance, and purchases of special instruments made within the period from 2008 to 2013. Auditors scrutinized 108 individual construction works and seven purchases of special instruments.
2.12.2013 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of the General Financial Directorate and penalties and fines imposed for violations of budgetary regulations during the audited period from 2011 to the end of the first quarter of 2013.
25.11.2013 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the system of direct payments and its functioning, the administration and control over applications, and providing of subsidies. The audited bodies were the Ministry of Agriculture and the State Agricultural Intervention Fund. Auditors selected 58 beneficiaries and focused on their adherence to legal regulations and conditions defined for awarding the subsidies.
18.11.2013 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of state budget funds spent on purchases of military equipment and machinery for land and special military forces of the Czech Armed Forces. Auditors scrutinized 15 purchases with the total expenditures in the amount of CZK 5,800 million.
14.11.2013 - On November 12, 2013, president of the Supreme Audit Office (SAO) met with ambassadors of EU countries. The traditional meeting took place at the SAO’s headquarters in Prague. Among the attendees were also a representative of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the head of the European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic.
11.11.2013 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) audited the Office for the Protection of Competition and the management of assets and State budget funds that the Office is responsible for. During the auditing operation, assets and funds in the amount over CZK 1,700 million were scrutinized.
7.11.2013 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) together with the Bundesrechnungshof (BRH, the supreme audit institution of Germany) worked out a joint report on a parallel audit of public building procurements. Auditors aimed at public building procurements in both the countries and underlined the fight against corruption.
4.11.2013 - The aim of the Central Purchasing Project was to make the system of public purchases more effective and simpler as well as to reduce the costs. The auditors focused on the implementation of the system of central purchasing and on the assessment of the shown benefits.
31.10.2013 - From October 21 to October 26, 2013, a delegation of the Supreme Audit Office (SAO) led by President of the SAO Mr. Miloslav Kala attended XXI Congress of International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI), which took place in Beijing, China.
22.10.2013 - On October 14–17, 2013, the 11th Annual EUROSAI WGEA Meeting was organised at the headquarters of the Supreme Audit Office (SAO) in Prague, Czech Republic. A training seminar on fraud and corruption took place the day prior to the annual EUROSAI WGEA Meeting.
18.10.2013 - On October 10–11, 2013, the annual meeting of representatives of supreme audit institutions of EU countries and European Court of Auditors took place in Vilnius, Lithuania. On the meeting agenda were outcomes of working groups, which had been established by the Contact Committee, as well as new goals for the future period.
30.9.2013 - The Supreme Audit Office performed an audit of the Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic (RMD) and its management during the period from 2010 to March 2013. Auditors scrutinized expenditures of the general directorate, motorway divisions in Prague and Brno, and regional investment road administrations in Jihlava, Karlovy Vary, Pardubice, and Plzen. Auditors focused on costs of computer technologies, office materials, cleaning services, and legal advisory services and consultations.
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