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GAO Launches Center for Audit Excellence

About the Center for Audit Excellence – Given the demands and challenges of today’s world, government accountability is more important than ever.

Effective accountability organizations are an essential tool in helping improve government performance and the sound use of public resources.  With a cadre of highly experienced staff with expertise in a wide array of audit-related topics, Center for Audit Excellence services will expand on GAO’s longstanding collaboration with the global audit community.  The Center is positioned to offer a wide range of fee-based products and services that can be customized to meet organizations’ needs. Among many areas, Center services can help accountability organizations

  • improve their capacity to conduct performance and financial audits,
  • develop and implement sound quality assurance frameworks, strategic plans, and human capital strategies,
  • enhance leadership and supervisory skills in effectively overseeing audits, and
  • implement relevant INTOSAI and U.S. government audit and internal control standards.

In providing training and technical assistance services, we have the capacity to leverage GAO’s institutional knowledge, including audit standards, methodologies and leading practices. The Center’s Director and staff reports to the Managing Director of GAO’s Strategic Planning and External Liaison Office (SPEL), which leads GAO’s collaboration efforts with domestic and international accountability organizations, including the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI). The Center will be staffed primarily by former senior-level GAO experienced auditors and managers to ensure high-quality services and provide independence from GAO units that provide routine audit and oversight services.”

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