The financial management of the OGRPA was free from material errors, partial weaknesses were remedied by the auditee in the course of the audit

Press Release on audit No 20/02 – 15 March 2021

The Supreme Audit Office (SAO) focused on how the Office for Government Representation in Property Affairs (OGRPA) managed state assets and funds between the years 2017 and 2019. In particular, the auditors examined, for example, how the OGRPA spent money on the management and maintenance of real estate, how it sold and leased state property, or managed claims of the Czech state. At the end of 2019, the OGRPA managed land and real estate worth CZK 10.1 billion. Between 2017 and 2019, the OGRPA received almost CZK 3 billion from sales of land and real estate and about CZK 700 million from the lease of state property. The SAO examined a sample of money and assets worth approximately CZK 1.2 billion. The audit did not reveal major weaknesses. Minor errors were remedied by the OGRPA in the course of the audit.

The OGRPA acted in accordance with the law when selling and leasing real estate. The funds associated with the management of unnecessary assets were spent cost-effectively and in accordance with the law and the auditors did not reveal any material errors in the case of free-of-charge transfers of real estate which the OGRPA carried out in a transparent and non-discriminatory manner.

The auditors revealed only partial and minor shortcomings related for example to the publication of contracts, accounting, inventory, or property valuation. For example, the OGRPA did not publish a CZK 1.2 million contract in the register of contracts within 30 days although it is obliged to do so according to the law; it recorded a CZK 2 million claim with a delay of three years; and in the case of invoices amounting to roughly CZK 350 thousand, it did not consistently require the supplier to prove the volume of assets that were actually removed and liquidated.

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