Government at a Glance 2015

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Government at a Glance provides readers with a dashboard of key indicators assembled with the goal of contributing to the analysis and international comparison of public sector performance. Indicators on government revenues, expenditures, and employment are provided alongside key output and outcome data in the sectors of education, health and justice. Government at a Glance also includes indicators on key governance and public management issues, such as transparency in governance, regulatory governance, public procurement and the implementation of employment and remuneration reforms since 2009. While measuring government performance has long been recognized as playing an important role in increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the public administration, following the economic crisis and fiscal tightening in many member countries, good indicators are needed more than ever to help governments make informed decisions regarding tough choices and help restore confidence in government institutions.

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Performance-related budgeting and supreme audit institutions

Against the background of an increasingly complex governance environment, limited fiscal space, and growing demands for transparency and accountability, governments are continually challenged to demonstrate better performance and management of available resources. Supreme audit institutions (SAIs) have also moved from a more traditional focus on financial audits to looking at aspects of performance or value for money. Indeed the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) posits that performance auditing greatly enriches public accountability and enables the SAI to make practical contributions to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the public administration (INTOSAI, 2010). As such, SAIs have the potential to contribute to better design and use of performance-related budgeting and management systems and to enhance public accountability in OECD countries.

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