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OECD Integrity Review of Brazil

Managing Risks for a Cleaner Public Service

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Brazil’s agenda to enhance integrity and prevent corruption is particularly critical in order to address a number of challenges facing the country’s public administration. The challenges include managing risks associated with innovation in public service delivery, achieving value for money and minimising waste in government operations and meeting the expectations of citizens  regarding the conduct of public organisations.

This report is the first integrity review of a G20 country undertaken by the OECD. It assesses the implementation and coherence of instruments, processes and structures to create a culture of integrity and to manage risks affecting the operations and performance of public organisations.

The report analyses four main areas of focus : (i) promoting transparency and citizen engagement; (ii) implementing risk-based systems of internal control; (iii) embedding high standards of conduct; and (iv) enhancing integrity in public procurement.

It is complemented by three case studies to highlight issues of integrity management at the level of individual public functions, organisations and programmes: the federal tax administration, the Family Grant (a conditional cash transfer) Programme; and the National STD/AIDS Programme.

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Implementing a risk-based approach to internal control

Internal control is a dynamic process that contributes to enhancing integrity by addressing risks and providing a reasonable assurance that public sector organisations achieve their objectives. This chapter examines the drive by the federal government of Brazil to strengthen internal control within Brazil’s public administration. This drive has been supported by the automation of back-office management information systems and mandatory centralisation of internal audit within federal ministries. The proposals for action focus on i) advancing the implementation of risk management within federal public organisations; ii) monitoring the impact and effectiveness of internal audit; and iii) strengthening co-ordination between central government authorities to integrate risk management into future management reforms.

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