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Center for Audit Excellence and USAID Sign First-of-Its-Kind Agreement to Strengthen International Accountability

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 25, 2016) –  In a move to enhance accountability across the globe, representatives of the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Center for Audit Excellence and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  that establishes a framework for collaboration on training and technical assistance efforts. The goal of the agreement is to enhance the capabilities of audit organizations in developing countries and it was signed at a ceremony at USAID headquarters.  

“Today’s memorandum of understanding will help GAO and USAID advance a shared interest in strengthening accountability institutions around the world,” said Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the GAO.

“Independent, professional audit offices are a vital part of sound public financial management systems. This agreement will foster closer cooperation between our two organizations in order to help develop audit offices that are capable of fighting corruption, ensuring transparency, and promoting public trust,” Dodaro added.

The MOU will leverage the Center’s audit expertise as well as USAID’s in-depth knowledge of the environment in developing countries to help improve auditing capacity.

The goal is to help audit offices in developing countries hone their skills in order to produce high-quality work on a regular basis and assume an effective oversight role. Capable audit institutions can also assist national efforts to track the progress of government activities undertaken to support sustainable development goals.

The MOU notes that the Center and USAID are well-positioned to work together because they bring complementary expertise and skills to the task of building audit community capacity.  A next step in collaboration will be the establishment of a mechanism, such as a committee comprised of representatives from both organizations, to coordinate activities, share information, identify capacity development opportunities, and explore financial, logistical and technical contributions to such efforts. The MOU was signed by James-Christian Blockwood, GAO Managing Director for Strategic Planning and External Liaison, and USAID Deputy Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt.

GAO’s Center for Audit Excellence was established last year to provide training, technical assistance, and related services to domestic and international accountability organizations. To ensure high-quality services while providing independence from GAO units doing routine audit and oversight work, the Center is staffed primarily by former senior-level GAO auditors and managers. Fees collected are used to support the Center’s operations.

Dodaro expressed his appreciation to staff at both agencies for their efforts to develop and finalize the agreement, noting the contributions of Blockwood, Lenhardt, and USAID Chief Financial Officer Reggie Mitchell.

For more information, please contact Chuck Young, Managing Director for Public Affairs, at youngc1@gao.gov or (202) 512-4800.

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Center for Audit Excellence and USAID Sign First-of-Its-Kind Agreement to Strengthen International Accountability
http://www.gao.gov/press/cae_and_usaid_sign_agreement.htm

Apr 25, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 25, 2016) –  In a move to enhance accountability across the globe, representatives of the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Center for Audit Excellence and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  that establishes a framework for collaboration on training and technical assistance efforts. The goal of the a...
Statement Regarding Protest of General Dynamics Land Systems
http://www.gao.gov/press/statement_re_b-412525.htm

Mar 15, 2016
The following is a statement from Kenneth E. Patton, Managing Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law at GAO, regarding today’s decision resolving a protest filed by General Dynamics Land Systems, B-412525, B-412525.2, March 15, 2016. On March 15, 2016, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied a protest filed by General Dynamics Land Systems, of Sterling Heights, Michigan, challenging the aw...
U.S. Government's Annual Financial Report Unable to Pass GAO Audit
http://www.gao.gov/press/usgov_financial_report_unable_pass_gao_audit.htm

Feb 25, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 25, 2016) — The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) did not  render an opinion on the federal government’s consolidated financial statements for FY 2015 because of persistent problems with the Department of Defense’s (DOD) finances, the federal government’s inability to account for and reconcile certain transactions, an ineffective process for preparing the consolidated...
How Long Will This Project Really Take? GAO Issues Final Version of Its Schedule Assessment Guide
http://www.gao.gov/press/schedule_assessment_guide_2015.htm

Dec 22, 2015
Second Volume in Series to Help Manage Government Projects WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 22, 2015) – The U.S. Government Accountability Office today issued a final version of a manual to help federal, state, and local government agencies develop more reliable schedule assessments for government projects of all sizes. The Schedule Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Project Schedules (GAO-16-89G), available on-line,...
GAO Makes MACPAC Appointments, Designates Chair
http://www.gao.gov/press/macpac_appointments_2016.html

Dec 16, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (December 16, 2015) – Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of seven new members to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC).  He also named the Commission’s Chair. “The seven men and women designated to serve on the Commission bring a wealth of knowledge an...
GAO Again Named a "Best Place to Work" in Government
http://www.gao.gov/press/best_places_2015.htm

Dec 8, 2015
Washington, D.C. (December 8, 2015) – The Partnership for Public Service today announced that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has again been named one of the top places to work in the federal government. GAO ranked third in the Partnership’s 2015 list of the “Best Places to Work” among mid-size agencies. Also this year, the congressional watchdog agency was again first in its support of divers...
GAO Makes Appointments to New HHS Advisory Committee on Physician Payment Models
http://www.gao.gov/press/appointments_hhs_advisory_committee_physician_payment_methods.htm

Oct 9, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (October 9, 2015) - Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the first appointments to the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 established this committee to provide comments and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Huma...
GAO Opens New Center to Help Local, State, and International Auditing Groups Hold Governments Accountable
http://www.gao.gov/press/pr_gao_opens_center_to_help_groups_hold_government_accountable.htm

Oct 1, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (October 1, 2015) - The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) today launched its Center for Audit Excellence, which will provide customized training, technical assistance, and other products and services to domestic and international audit organizations. The goal is to foster effective accountability organizations that can help improve government performance and transparency, in addition to ensur...
GAO Issues New Tool Designed to Help Federal Agencies Combat Fraud
http://www.gao.gov/press/pr_tool_helps_agencies_fight_fraud_jul_28_2015.htm

Jul 28, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (July 28, 2015) - To help federal program managers combat fraud and ensure integrity in government agencies and programs, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released A Framework for Managing Fraud Risks in Federal Programs. Effective fraud risk management can help ensure that federal programs and services fulfill their intended purposes, funds are spent effectively, and assets a...
GAO Makes MedPAC Appointments, Designates Chair
http://www.gao.gov/press/medpac_appointments2015may.htm

May 21, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (May 21, 2015) – Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of a new member to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), as well as the reappointment of five current members and the designation of the Commission’s Chair. “When it comes to the future of Medicare, MedPAC serves a ve...
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