Independent moderators from Office of the Auditor General New Zealand facilitated an assessment of the Samoa Audit Office using the IntoSAINT tool from 24th to 28th of June 2019.

The external moderators Jane Rogers is a Sector Manager for Schools, Belinda Rynhart is a Senior Solicitor and Sarah Markley is a Sector Manager for the Local Government Team.

Self Assessment of Integrity (IntoSAINT) is a self assessment tool for any public sector organisation including SAIs can utilise for analysing integrity risks and assessing the maturity of their integrity management systems. This initiative originated from Netherlands by the Court of Audit and later adopted by International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) in support for integrity, accountability and transparency for Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs). The main purpose of this tool is to allow public institutions to improve their institutional integrity management.

Ten staff members assisted the moderators for the assessment of the Office to identify and evaluate their vulnerability against integrity breaches. Norris Mitchell and Fetu Lagaaia, as certified moderators explained the tool and its components before the actual assessment was carried out. This is line with one of our Strategic Key Goals to effectively manage and develop our human resources. At the end of the assessment, a report underlying any integrity breaches along with recommendations for improvement will be given to management for the improvement of the Office. The integrity tool will also be rolled out to the public sector beginning with Ministry of Finance for greater transparency, accountability and integrity.

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