Public Sector – Auditors will push reforms

Public-sector auditors should not obstruct the modernising government agenda but work to encourage bodies afraid of the changes, the Public Audit Forum said this week, writes Ben Griffiths.

In its first major piece of work since it was established last year, the forum said auditors must reassure government departments and agencies that they can try to be innovative without incurring the wrath of audit investigations and politicians.

The forum is working with the Auditing Practices Board on an approach for performance measures which will be an integral part of the new public service environment.

National Audit Office deputy head Robert Le Marechal told Accountancy Age that auditors would respond ‘constructively and positively’ to the government initiatives.

‘The main challenge is not audit but getting public-sector managers to think differently,’ he said.

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