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The Office of the National Public Auditor Receives the Highest Possible Rating for the 2004/2005 Peer Review.

(January 18, 2006) - The Association of Pacific Islands Public Auditors (APIPA) recently gave its highest possible rating to the FSM Office of the National Public Auditor on the recently completed external quality control "Peer Review" of the office. The Peer Review team comprised of Mr. Satrunino Tewid, Republic of Palau’s Public Auditor (Team Leader); Mr. Faumuina Francis Sefo, American Samoa Government’s Acting Territorial Auditor; and Mr. Charles W. Hester, APIPA Peer Review Technical Consultant.

In letters addressed to the FSM President, Joseph J. Urusemal, and the Speaker of the FSM Congress, Peter Christian, the Peer Review Team stated the following: “Your Public Auditor’s Office was determined to be fully in compliance with government auditing standards for the period reviewed. Fully compliance is the highest of three possible rating issued in an external quality review.”

Government Auditing Standards, promulgated by the Comptroller General of the United States, mandate government audit agencies to undergo an independent external quality control review every three years. The ONPA’s audit reports issued during the period October 1, 2002 through August 31, 2005 and the system of internal quality control in place during this period were reviewed by the Peer Review Team.

The National Public Auditor, Mr. Haser H. Hainrick, attributed the outstanding results of the Peer Review to the entire staff of the ONPA and further stated, “This is the result of our collective work as a team. We have worked very hard especially in the last couple of years to ensure that we produce useful audit reports and that we are accomplishing our mission of enhancing accountability in the public sector”. Mr. Hainrick underscored the fact that the current Peer Review results are a complete turnaround from the last Peer Review in 2002 where numerous deficiencies were noted at the office.

Please click on the links below to read the complete Peer Review Report along with copies of the letters sent to the FSM President and the Speaker of the Congress of the FSM.

Peer Review Report (382 kb)
Management Letter (216 kb)
Public Auditor's Response to Management Letter (1.1 mb)
Letters to the FSM President and the Speaker of the Congress(306 kb)


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