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Exchange of experiences: Internal Audit – Change and challenge: Report

23 June 2011

The Internal Audit of the German Public Employment Service Bundesagentur für Arbeit wanted to know: How good is our audit work? How do other countries do it? How can we improve our work? The Internal Audit of the BA is part of BA’s monitoring system. Its task is to analyse procedures independently and objectively, and to submit suggestions to increase economic viability. In short, to improve business processes. In October, 2010 the Internal Audit of the BA, headed by Oliver Dieterle, Chief Audit Executive, in cooperation with WAPES, launched an exchange of experience with the internal auditors of the PES from Belgium, Croatia, Austria, Sweden and the Russian Federation. The members of this Peer Group went through a self-assessment of the quality of their internal audit activities, revised the results within the framework of bilateral visits and compared their business processes. The Peer Group summarized the results into a report which was presented at the middle of May in a two-day final conference in the BA head office in Nürnberg. This toolkit provides assistance with the advancement and optimization of the business processes of internal audit. More than 65 participants from all over Europe discussed the different business processes in three workshops and exchanged their experiences. As one of the highlights of the event Bernd Schartmann, Member of the Board of DIIR (Deutsches Institut für Interne Revision e.V.) and Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Audit and Security Deutsche Post DHL, presented future perspectives of internal audit activities. For sure this group will stay in contact. The next meeting is already scheduled for this year’s November in Germany. If you’re interested to learn more about this event, the report, the toolkit and some other material are available on the link below.