|The State Treasury will continue to build a professional inspection system to meet innovation requirements. Photo: Thuy Linh|
On average, 1,359 internal audits are performed per year
According to the State Treasury’s statistics, since 2014, the State Treasury system has carried out nearly 10,876 internal checks. On average, the State Treasury system performs 1,359 inspections per year. In addition, the units also conduct unscheduled inspections under the direction of unit leaders or when there are signs of violations; self-inspection has been paid attention to by the units and implemented regularly and continuously.
Not only ensuring the completion of the quantity but also the quality of the tests is always a focus for the units. By attaching the responsibility of inspectors to the detection of errors and violations at the unit, the quality of inspections has been significantly improved.
Most of the errors and violations at the inspected unit have been detected, thereby taking corrective and timely measures.
In internal supervision, from the end of 2020, the State Treasury has deployed an online utility to look up public service data for inspection and examination.
Through this utility, officers at the State Treasury units and the State Treasury of provinces and cities are entitled to look up data on online public services. In case problems are detected, they should warn the units in the State Treasury system, or plan for periodic and unexpected inspections. The State Treasury has established criteria for monitoring activities for “Receiving dossiers” on online public services, ensuring no later than eight working hours as prescribed; monitoring multiple returned payment records through online public services; overdue dossiers shall be handled according to the Government’s regulations on administrative procedures in the field of State Treasury.
The State Treasury decentralizes the provincial State Treasury to actively monitor the observance of regulations on the receipt and processing of transaction records via online public services on the Lookup Utility. Simultaneously, the State Treasury performed the output of electronic payment tracing data with the bank, data on the use of digital certificates from the State Treasury’s server to coordinate with the provincial State Treasury to remotely monitor the compliance of electricity tracing, management security, and use of digital certificates.
The purpose is to correct the working style and warn of possible risks at the State Treasury at all levels. This is a new way of doing things in internal inspection and supervision of the State Treasury, marking the first step towards the goal of digitalizing inspection and examination, towards inspection and examination through the electronic environment, digital environment and information system of the State Treasury, in line with the roadmap for implementing electronic State Treasury, towards digital State Treasury.
Particularly for specialized inspection, over the past six years of implementation (2016 – 2022), the whole system has deployed nearly 1,665 specialized inspections, issued 295 sanctioning decisions with an amount of over VND1 billion, proposed administrative handling of over VND 68 billion. Up to now, specialized inspections have been gradually expanded to include large units, with a more comprehensive scope of inspection contents. Through specialized inspection, the role and position of the State Treasury have been enhanced.
Simultaneously, it has contributed to helping budget-using units be aware of budget expenditures being reasonable, in accordance with standards and regimes, not for the wrong purposes, not wasting state budget resources, and contributing to improving the efficiency of state budget management.
Upgrading application programs for inspection and examination
The development strategy of the State Treasury to 2030 is to raise the position and role of economic concentration activities in performing the functions and tasks of the State Treasury; modernizing inspection and examination, build a professional inspection and examination system, meet the requirements of innovation, in line with the State Treasury Development Strategy to 2030.
According to Mr. Dinh Manh Tuan, Director of the Inspection and Examination Department, the State Treasury determines the key point of the State Treasury’s specialized inspection on the basis of risk assessment and the level of development of the internal audit function at ministries, branches and localities; promoting specialized inspection and inspection activities through the digital environment and information system.
The State Treasury will also strengthen the internal inspection and control system; develop the risk control function; build regulations and conduct internal audits of the State Treasury. At the same time, advise and support the development of internal audit function on finance – budget at ministries, branches, budget-using units and localities.
The State Treasury development strategy to 2030 has also identified the goal of renovating the method of controlling state budget expenditures in the direction of shifting from “pre-check” to “post-check”, along with risk control, enhancing to inspect and examination of cases with signs of violations.
According to Mr. Dinh Manh Tuan, in order to successfully accomplish the above goal, the State Treasury will review and amend internal inspection regulations and procedures, ensuring a legal corridor for inspection activities in the context of real State Treasury activities based on information technology.
Along with that, in the specialized inspection, the State Treasury will study and develop assessing criteria according to the level of risk for budget-using units. At the same time, studying to gradually expand the content of specialized inspection related to state budget collection operations such as implementing fee collection on temporary collection accounts at commercial banks, final settlement of the state budget balance at the end of the day at the commercial banking system, etc.
Especially, the State Treasury will study to upgrade the application program for inspection and examination to ensure the operation and fully exploit the available data sources on online public service programs, the Budget Information Management System and Treasury, bilateral payments, interbank payments, centralized budget collection coordination, optimizing the use, exploiting existing databases on professional programs of the State Treasury.