Managing the Audit Process – What to Do and How to Do It

Project number: 1920406

Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, The Hague (NL)

Date & pricing

27/11/2019 - 28/11/2019
Register before: 11/11/2019

€ 1.100,00 per attendee

€ 990,00 for EIPA members*

Managing the Audit Process – What to Do and How to Do It

From:  990,00

In this course we are working with auditors from the Netherlands Court of Audit (Algemene Rekenkamer) to share with you current best practice approaches from across Europe.

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About this course

Are you about to face the annual audit visit?
Do you dread the experience?
Do you feel that you never get any benefit from the role of auditors?
Are you under pressure to spend public funds effectively? You are not alone!

This new EIPA course will help you understand the evolving role of auditors in the current challenging environment and how they can help you deliver better infrastructure and better services for citizens.

In this course we are working with auditors from the Netherlands Court of Audit (Algemene Rekenkamer) to share with you current best practice approaches from across Europe.

Course methodology
To help you to do so we will give you:

  • Input with presentations on key issues in auditing;
  • Examples/case studies to show you what happens in audit practice across the EU at national and sub-national level;
  • Exercises to reinforce your understanding of the practical application of auditing;
  • Adequate time to discuss with our experts and other participants issues arising in your situation.

Who will benefit most?
This workshop is for officials from European institutions/agencies, ministries, national executive agencies, regional governments, municipalities and other public sector bodies such as:

  • Finance staff responsible for discharge of accounts;
  • Service managers responsible for planning and managing services;
  • Internal auditors responsible for auditing financial systems and transactions and operational procedures;
  • External auditors who can help public sector bodies improve how they control finances and plan and manage services more effectively.

It could also benefit professional advisers to public bodies, those working in the NGO sector and academics in the field of auditing.
If you are a finance professional, service manager or auditor in the public sector, come and share experiences with your peers and learn from our experts to deal with the difficult challenges you are facing.

“The days of auditors arriving after the car crash are over – Auditing is not just about ensuring that public sector bodies comply with legality and regularity in dealing with public funds but also that they spend them in a way which secures value for money and high quality services for citizens”
Michael Burnett

What you will learn in this course

In this course we are working with auditors from the Netherlands Court of Audit (Algemene Rekenkamer) to share with you current best practice approaches from across Europe.

It will help you to understand what auditors do and why and how they do it and thus help you to work with auditors in a way which brings you benefits beyond the statutory discharge of accounts.

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Better understand the role of auditors in the public sector;
  • Better understand how auditors undertake financial and performance audits, including compliance and value for money aspects, systems audits and transactions audits at all stages of the financial and performance management audit cycle and the key idea of risk-based auditing;
  • Help you to prepare for audit visits to maximise their value to your organisation.
Michael Burnett

Michael Burnett (UK)

Public Procurement / PPP / Public Sector Management

Luuk Krijnen

Luuk Krijnen

Contract Management Audit - External Expert

Practical information

Course venue
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations (Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken)
Turfmarkt 147
2511 DP Den Haag
the Netherlands

Programme Organiser
Ms Belinda Vetter
Tel: + 31 43 3296382
b.vetter@eipa.eu

Fee
The fee includes documentation and refreshments. Lunches, a reception or dinner are included if mentioned in the programme. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.

Discounts
EIPA offers a 10% discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?
Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Meals
Lunch on day 2 and coffee will be served at the seminar venue. Special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic) can be indicated once you receive the confirmation of the seminar.

Confirmation
Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.

Payment
Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged €150 for cancellations received within 15 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants.

EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 2 weeks before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed. EIPA accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred (travel, accommodation, etc.). 

The programme

14.00 Welcome and introduction to the workshop

Michael Burnett, Expert, European Public Management and EPSA 2017 Theme Leader, EIPA, Maastricht (NL)

14.15 Plenary session: Experience of audit and key issues for participants
14.45 Public sector auditing: What it is and why it matters

  • Why public sector auditing matters (more than ever)
  • The current context of public sector audit
  • Recent developments

Michael Burnett

15.30 Coffee break
16.00 Public sector auditing fundamentals (objectives, challenges, key ideas)

  • Financial audit (including systems and transactions audit)
  • Performance audit (including scope, selection of projects to audit, planning, execution, reporting)

Michael Burnett

17.30 End of day one
09.00 Review of day one and introduction to day two

Michael Burnett

09.15 Financial audit: What auditors do and how they do it:

  • Planning (including what to audit, when, planning evidence gathering and allocation of time)
  • Execution (including scope, methodology, evidence gathering/assessment, follow-up)
  • Reporting (including how, to whom and when)

Arthur Schothuis, Audit Expert, Algemene Rekenkamer (Court of Audit), The Hague (NL)

10.30 Coffee break
11.00 Financial audit: What auditors do and how they do it: (continued)

  • Planning (including what to audit, when, planning evidence gathering and allocation of time)
  • Execution (including scope, methodology, evidence gathering/assessment, follow-up)
  • Reporting (including how, to whom and when)

Arthur Schothuis

11.45 Financial audit: Case studies from public sector audit

Arthur Schothuis

12.30 Lunch
13.45 Performance audit: What auditors do and how they do it:

  • Selection of projects to audit (including risk-based criteria, selecting priorities)
  • Planning (including key issues, planning evidence gathering, defining questions/evidence sources, timing)
  • Execution (including scope, methodology, evidence gathering/assessment, follow-up)
  • Reporting (including how, to whom and when)

Luuk Krijnen, Audit Manager, Algemene Rekenkamer (Court of Audit), The Hague (NL)

15.30 Coffee break
16.00 Performance audit: Case studies from public sector audit

Luuk Krijnen

16.45 Workshop: Preparing for the auditors in you organisation

Michael Burnett, Luuk Krijnen, Arthur Schothuis.

17.30 Evaluation and end of workshop
WEDNESDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2019
14.00 Welcome and introduction to the workshop
Michael Burnett, Expert, European Public Management and EPSA 2017 Theme Leader, EIPA, Maastricht (NL)
14.15 Plenary session: Experience of audit and key issues for participants
14.45 Public sector auditing: What it is and why it matters

  • Why public sector auditing matters (more than ever)
  • The current context of public sector audit
  • Recent developments

Michael Burnett

15.30 Coffee break
16.00 Public sector auditing fundamentals (objectives, challenges, key ideas)

  • Financial audit (including systems and transactions audit)
  • Performance audit (including scope, selection of projects to audit, planning, execution, reporting)

Michael Burnett

17.30 End of day one
THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2019
09.00 Review of day one and introduction to day two
Michael Burnett
09.15 Financial audit: What auditors do and how they do it:

  • Planning (including what to audit, when, planning evidence gathering and allocation of time)
  • Execution (including scope, methodology, evidence gathering/assessment, follow-up)
  • Reporting (including how, to whom and when)

Arthur Schothuis, Audit Expert, Algemene Rekenkamer (Court of Audit), The Hague (NL)

10.30 Coffee break
11.00 Financial audit: What auditors do and how they do it: (continued)

  • Planning (including what to audit, when, planning evidence gathering and allocation of time)
  • Execution (including scope, methodology, evidence gathering/assessment, follow-up)
  • Reporting (including how, to whom and when)

Arthur Schothuis

11.45 Financial audit: Case studies from public sector audit
Arthur Schothuis
12.30 Lunch
13.45 Performance audit: What auditors do and how they do it:

  • Selection of projects to audit (including risk-based criteria, selecting priorities)
  • Planning (including key issues, planning evidence gathering, defining questions/evidence sources, timing)
  • Execution (including scope, methodology, evidence gathering/assessment, follow-up)
  • Reporting (including how, to whom and when)

Luuk Krijnen, Audit Manager, Algemene Rekenkamer (Court of Audit), The Hague (NL)

15.30 Coffee break
16.00 Performance audit: Case studies from public sector audit
Luuk Krijnen
16.45 Workshop: Preparing for the auditors in you organisation
Michael Burnett, Luuk Krijnen, Arthur Schothuis.
17.30 Evaluation and end of workshop

Course venue
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations (Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken)
Turfmarkt 147
2511 DP Den Haag
the Netherlands

Programme Organiser
Ms Belinda Vetter
Tel: + 31 43 3296382
b.vetter@eipa.eu

Fee
The fee includes documentation and refreshments. Lunches, a reception or dinner are included if mentioned in the programme. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.

Discounts
EIPA offers a 10% discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?
Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Meals
Lunch on day 2 and coffee will be served at the seminar venue. Special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic) can be indicated once you receive the confirmation of the seminar.

Confirmation
Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.

Payment
Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged €150 for cancellations received within 15 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants.

EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 2 weeks before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed. EIPA accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred (travel, accommodation, etc.).