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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:

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.


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.


Increasing the efficiency of public administration: goals not met because of insufficient coordination; errors amounted to CZK 226 million

Tablet and graphs 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.


Joint report - Funds earmarked for the implementation of the Swiss–Czech Cooperation Programme

Joint report Swiss–Czech Cooperation Programme - cover 19.6.2015


President of European Court of Auditors visited the Czech Republic and attended a conference at the SAO

President of CR Mr. Miloš Zeman and President of the European Court of Auditors Vítor Caldeira - 15.6.2015 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.


Land consolidation delayed by uneven drawing from EU funds

Cadastral map 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.


Meeting of representatives from supreme audit institutions of the V4+2 states

Meeting of representatives from supreme audit institutions of the V4+2 states 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.


Subsidies for development of universities: projects worth CZK 1,300 million threatened by under-implementation

Students 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.


Experts solving the INTOSAI WGEA research project called “Energy Savings” meet at the SAO

Meeting of the INTOSAI WGEA - Group photo 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.


Institutions refuse to perform excess auditing at audited subjects

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.


The Ministry of the Environment has not adapted all requirements of the accounting reform from 2010

Logo of the Ministry of the Environment 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.


Delegates from Danish Parliament and from the supreme audit institution of Denmark at the SAO’s headquarters

Delegates from Danish Parliament and from the supreme audit institution of Denmark at the SAO’s headquarters 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.


The Data Centre procured from the State Securities Printer for CZK 386 million was only half-used

Data Centre 4.5.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized costs of the data centre developed and operated by the State Securities Printer (STC) in the period 2010–2014. Auditors aimed at the Ministry of Interior, which coordinated the field of data centres, and focused on the role of the Ministry of Finance in the Data Centre project’s implementation. The development of the Data Centre cost CZK 386 million. When the SAO’s auditing operation was about to finish, the Data Centre’s capacity was only half-used.


New instruments of the VAT Act ineffective; the tax evasion annually exceeds CZK 100,000 million

Czech banknotes 27.4.2015 - The Supreme Audit office (SAO) audited new instruments of the VAT Act, which were supposed to fight against the tax evasion as well as increase the collection of the value added tax (VAT) in the years 2011–2013. Auditors also calculated the so-called “VAT gap” for the year 2013, which is the difference between the theoretic and the actual VAT collection.


RIA restricts prospective suppliers with too many requirements; most tenders related to reconstructions of railways only have three or four candidates

Logo of the Railway Infrastructure Administration (SZDC) 20.4.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the utilization of funds earmarked for reconstructions and the maintenance of national and regional railways within the period from 2010 to 2014. At the Railway Infrastructure Administration (RIA) or its regional directorates, no fundamental errors were found. However, auditors concluded that the RIA could utilise the funds even more effectively.


The SAO revealed that Fire Rescue Service has no strategy for purchases of the equipment and facilities

Lofo of the Fire Rescue Service 13.4.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) carried out an audit of funds utilised within the period from 2009 to 2013 in the frame of four investment programmes, which aimed at development and modernization of material and technical bases of Fire Rescue Service of the Czech Republic (FRS CR). Auditors revealed that the Ministry of Interior made errors in the programmes’ funding and did not elaborate a complex strategy, which would define overall material and financial requirements of the FRS CR as well as set the fulfilment terms.


Administration offices of Morava and Ohře river basins only showed profits thanks to subsidies

River 30.3.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the Ohře River Basin Administration and the Morava River Basin Administration and their managements within the period 2011–2013 and also aimed at the Ministry of Agriculture that had established these state enterprises. The state enterprises showed profits in their annual statements but the actual annual profits were very low. The annual profits were only positive owing to subsidies from the Ministry of Agriculture.


43rd meeting of the EUROSAI Governing Board

25.3.2015 - A delegation from the Supreme Audit Office of the Czech Republic (SAO) headed by President of the SAO Mr. Miloslav Kala attended 43rd EUROSAI Governing Board Meeting, which was hosted by the supreme audit institution of Finland in Helsinki on March 9–10, 2015.


In 2013, the Ministry of Finance managed funds under the state budget heading General Treasury Management in breach of budgetary regulations

Czech banknotes 16.3.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office scrutinized how the Ministry of Finance managed funds under the state budget heading General Treasury Management in 2013. Auditors scrutinized funds amounting to CZK 17,300 million in total.


Delegation from the National Audit Office of China visited the NKU

Representatives of the CNAO at the meeting 6.3.2015 - At the turn of February and March 2015, the delegation from the National Audit Office of China lead by Mr ZHANG Tong, Director at the Vice-Ministerial level, visited the Czech NKU. The discussion with NKU representatives focused mainly on fight against corruption, audits on fixed assets investment, and accountability audits of government and public officials.


Errors found in 2013 final accounts of the Labour Office

Logo of the Employment Office of the Czech Republic 2.3.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) carried out an audit of the Labour Office of the Czech Republic and its financial statements and final annual accounts for the year 2013. Auditors revealed errors in the total amount of CZK 37,600 million. The worst error representing two thirds of the amount was caused by the fact that the Labour Office chose wrong accounts for reporting about corrections of returns from previous accounting periods. The correction was necessary because a claim and the related revenue amounting to CZK 230,000 had been incorrectly accounted for in the amount of CZK 23,000 million.


The Ministry of the Environment lacks a compact informational system and still uses 125 separate informational systems and databases

Information system 16.2.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the Ministry of the Environment, the Czech Environmental Information Agency, and the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute and focused on their management with funds utilized in ICT projects in the period 2010–2013.


Projects aiming popularization of science supported more than practical application of scientific research outcomes

Atoms 9.2.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) performed an audit of the Ministry of Education and its management of the state budget and EU funds, which were utilized in projects under priority axis 3 of the Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovations within years 2011–2014. Auditors aimed at six construction project of trans-regional and regional centres for popularization of science and scrutinized the utilized funds, which exceeded CZK 1,100 million in total.


Subsidies to sports: the Ministry of Education provided CZK 800 million under non-transparent conditions

Volleyball 2.2.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) aimed at the Ministry of Education and scrutinized three non-investment programmes that aimed at the support of sports from 2011 to 2013. The Ministry should have used the funds to support sporting activities of children, young people and the disabled, to fund operation costs of sports centres, and to fund sporting projects that were organized by non-profitmaking non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The SAO revealed that the Ministry had made fundamental errors with the subsidies. Auditors scrutinized 122 selected applications, which had been submitted by 19 various applicants and their allotments amounted to CZK 1,900 million in total.


The revitalization of Jordán Pond: the SAO scrutinized the utilization of CZK 320 million without finding any serious errors

Jordán Pond in the town of Tábor (source Wikipedia, author Timichal) 26.1.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) audited the project that aimed at the revitalization of Jordán Pond in the town of Tábor, which was implemented in years 2008–2014. By the half of 2014, the Project cost nearly CZK 420 million. The project gained CZK 302.4 million from the EU funds, about CZK 18 million from the State Environmental Fund of the Czech Republic, and the rest was paid by the municipality of Tábor. Auditors did not find any cardinal errors: The State Environmental Fund of the Czech Republic followed the applicable legislation and legal regulations when administered the Project and reimbursed the costs. Tábor Municipality utilised the subsidy for eligible expenditures and proceeded in compliance with the Act on Public Contracts when all awarded public contracts.


In the end of 2013, the balance of the account designated for the retirement system deficit remediation stood at CZK 22,600 million

Banknotes and calculator 19.1.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized the retirement insurance payments within the period from 2009 to 2013. At the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Defence, and the Ministry of Interior, auditors scrutinized whether retirement insurance deductions had been collected in the appropriate amounts, verified the data related to retirement payments, and also scrutinized the funds on the special reserve account that is determined for the retirement system reformation.


ROP NUTS II Southwest: Regional health-care facilities not following rules for EU funds drawing

Logo of ROP NUTS II Southwest 12.1.2015 - The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) scrutinized funds from Regional Operational Programme NUTS II Southwest (“ROP Southwest”) that had been provided for development and reconstructions projects implemented at regional medical health-care facilities. Auditors scrutinized the council of the NUTS II Southwest region and seven individual projects, which had been co-financed under the ROP Southwest. Errors were found in the area of funding, assessment and evaluation. The audited projects were implemented in České Budějovice Hospital, Tábor Hospital, PRIVAMED – Plzeň City Hospital, and Plzeň Regional Emergency Medical Services.


Supporting green energy will cost the Czech Republic a trillion Czech koruna; two thirds of that sum will go to photovoltaics operators

Solar power 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.


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