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Measuring performance of public auditors in the Pacific

The Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institution (PASAI) continues its support in measuring the performance of public auditors in the North Pacific. The performance of the Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) of the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) was assessed on 28th April to 5th May 2017 by a peer review team comprising of Mr. Haser Hainrick, Public Auditor, Mr. Kelly Samuel, Chief of Investigation, and Mr. Keller Phillip, Senior Auditor from the Office of the Federated States of Micronesia National Public Auditor (ONPA) and Mr. Kelepi Makakaufaki Jr, Deputy Auditor General from the Tonga Office of the Auditor-General (TOAG).

The review was conducted using the SAI Performance Measurement Framework (SAI PMF), a global framework that enables SAIs to assess their performance against International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs) and other established international good practices for external public auditing.

This assessment was carried out as part of a regional project – “Supporting SAI performance measurement in PASAI” administered by PASAI in collaboration with the INTOSAI Development Initiatives. It is the second of six assessments conducted in Phase II of this project.

Assessment team in action: (l to r): Haser Hainrick, Kelly Samuel, Kelepi Makakaufaki Jr, Keller Philip

Assessment team in action: (l to r): Haser Hainrick, Kelly Samuel, Kelepi Makakaufaki Jr, Keller Philip

The Auditor-General, Mr. Junior Patrick expressed his appreciation of the assessment. “We are happy that RMI OAG is being reviewed under the measurement tool (SAI PMF) adopted by the global organization of public auditors – INTOSAI, to assess and monitor performance of audit organizations. As an audit organization, we always tell our audit clients that the most important outcome of any audit or review is the correction of past deficiencies and that implementation of our audit recommendation is a step in that direction.  In the same respect, we look forward to the outcome of the review by our peers to identify opportunities to strengthen performance on both the audit domain and other operational aspects of our Office,” says Mr. Patrick.

In addition to conducting the assessment, the assessment team had the opportunity to experience the RMI’s Constitutional Day celebration on 1st May 2017. They participated in the parade of all government offices and entities, schools, private businesses and community members. Furthermore they enjoyed the local food, crafts and brilliant fireworks entertainment. 

The review team expects to complete and finalize the assessment report before the reporting meeting which will be held in RMI in October this year, to round up the series of assessments conducted for SAIs in the North Pacific.

This assessment is supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), INTOSAI Development Initiatives (IDI) and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

Assessment team with Auditor-General, Junior Patrick (second from right) and RMI OAG staff, Atmita Jonathan (front left) and Ayako Yamaguchi-Eliou (right)

Assessment team with Auditor-General, Junior Patrick (second from right) and RMI OAG staff, Atmita Jonathan (front left) and Ayako Yamaguchi-Eliou (right)