In the framework of international cooperation, the State Audit Office of Hungary (SAO) and the State Audit Institution of the United Arab Emirates (UAE SAI) have developed a questionnaire to evaluate controls for the corruption risks of information technology procurement by public sector organizations. The questionnaire was sent by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to countries signed UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) asking them to fill it. A study based on the results of the survey will serve as a background document of the 8th meeting of Community of State Parties (CoSP) to be held in December 2019.
CoSP (Community of countries which signed the UNCAC) will held its 8th meeting in the United Arab Emirates in December 2019. One of the main organizers of the conference, the UAE SAI – based on its good experiences in a previous collaboration – asked the SAO to contribute to the preparation of a study on corruption risk management of information technology (IT) procurement. László Domokos, president of the SAO, signed a memorandum of understanding with the president of the SAI UAE on 3 September 2018.
According to the memorandum of understanding, the SAI UAE specialists have collected and systematized the risks typically occurring during the IT procurement, and the SAO has developed a questionnaire to explore what extent have CoSP countries established controls fit for managing these risks.
When compiling the questionnaire, mandatory and discretional anti-corruption measures of the UNCAC were the starting points, but the SAO also used the EU public procurement directives, and the guidelines and analyses of some EU institutions and the OECD in line with public procurements, within this IT procurements, and other public expert materials. Practical examples were also helpful in compiling the questionnaire, as the SAI UAE prepared a summary of audit experiences of individual SAIs on IT public procurement, providing significant support for identifying key areas.
The questionnaire was sent by the UNODC to the contact points of the CoSP countries. Based on an evaluation of the completed questionnaires, a study will be prepared as a background document to the 8th meeting of the CoSP.
Dr. Gyula Pulay