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Anti-corruption and integrity in the public sector

Risk management to safeguard integrity

 

Risk management consists of the policies, processes, and actions for managing risks of fraud, corruption, waste and abuse – in other words, integrity risks.

Risk management supports public entities in delivering policies and programmes that benefit citizens, without waste or fraud.

A key feature of a risk management frameworks are fraud and corruption risk assessments: they allow entities to understand the vulnerabilities within their systems or activities. Entities can use the results to direct resources towards at-risk areas, address corruption risks, and safeguard integrity.

This contributes to balancing an enforcement-focused “pay and chase” model with more preventive, risk-based approaches.

 

OECD AUDITORS ALLIANCE


The Auditors Alliance is a unique forum for public sector internal and external auditors to share insights and expertise on their audit practices.



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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION IN EUROPEAN STRUCTURAL AND INVESTMENT FUNDS
A Spotlight on Common Schemes and Preventive Actions

 

 

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ANALYTICS FOR INTEGRITY
Data-Driven Approaches for Enhancing Corruption and Fraud Risk Assessments

 

 


Risk management, coupled with a robust internal control system and effective audit, is fundamental for safeguarding taxpayers’ money, ensuring accountable governance and integrity, and preserving public trust:

INTERNAL CONTROL

Internal control refers to the processes used to ensure that operations are efficient, effective and in line with established laws and policy objectives.

 

 

EXTERNAL AUDIT

External audit functions, or Supreme Audit Institutions, hold governments accountable for how they spend public money, and provide insights and foresights about value-for-money and systemic risks.

 

PUBLIC INTEGRITY

Public integrity refers to the consistent alignment of, and adherence to, shared ethical values, principles and norms for upholding and prioritising the public interest over private interests in the public sector.

 

For more information, contact the Public Sector Integrity Divison: GOVintegrity@oecd.org