Trust in government is vital to the success of any community/society. Performance auditing can help increase citizens trust by promoting honest, competent government. This study considers the key concepts underlying the various standards, tools, strategies, and practices of effective government. The study was sponsored by The Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation as part of its commitment to strengthen government auditing globally.
Comprehensive research identified the following real-world challenges most frequently mentioned by government auditors:
Achieving the desired level of audit impact.
Recruiting and retaining adequate numbers of skilled staff.
Managing the perceived tension between accountability and performance improvement.
Selecting audit topics that matter and writing timely and clear audit reports.
Developing better audit approaches and methods.
The new profession of government performance auditing should be based on the idea that the point of the work is to serve the citizens. The problems we face are daunting: global warming, terrorism, providing adequate clean water, and controlling the spread of infectious disease. All of us elected officials, public administrators, newspaper editors, radio talk show hosts, business people, and civic leaders need to care about building stronger, more effective governments and government audit agencies.
This book lays out the challenges that government performance auditors face in the real world and puts forward recommendations to move the field forward.
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Mark Funkhouser is the current mayor of Kansas City, Mo. He began his career as an assistant professor at Salem College in Salem, W.Va., teaching social work and sociology. He went on to work as an auditor, first in Tennessee state government and then for the city of Kansas City, Mo., where he served from 1988 until 2006. Under his leadership, the City Auditor s Office in Kansas City won the Knighton Award for outstanding auditing in 1997, 2000, 2003, and 2004.
He earned a bachelor s degree in political science from Thiel College, a master s degree in social work from West Virginia University, an MBA from Tennessee State University, and an interdisciplinary PhD in public administration and sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
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Book Description The Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. First. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0894136348