The Ministry of Public Administration and Justice also supported the State Audit Office's Integrity Survey

Publicated on: August 7, 2013

Participation in the Integrity Survey of the State Audit Office has key relevance to the development and reinforcement of the integrity control system. For this reason, Dr Tibor Navracsics, Minister of Public Administration and Justice invited in a letter the heads of budgetary organs to participate in and provide support to the survey. The Ministry of Public Administration and Justice (KIM) also cooperated with the State Audit Office in the technical preparation of data collection. The Ministry tested the new Integrity questionnaire and the operation of the data processing system.

The State Audit Office assessed corruption risks in the public sector for the third time this year. The survey promotes a general way of thinking and operation which is based on irreproachability and efficiently contributes to the spreading of the culture of integrity. The State Audit Office's survey aims to direct attention to corruption risks and to lay the groundwork for risk-mitigating measures through the compilation of exposure indexes using the data obtained, and ultimately to increase public confidence.

The Integrity Questionnaire for the data collection launched on 23 May 2013 was redesigned and the new system was tested by the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice as well. The most important change compared to previous years is that in addition to the exposure indexes, the survey no longer focuses on the lack of controls but rather on the level of existing controls. Furthermore, a new group of questions concerning human resource management has been added to the questionnaire as an integral element. Another new feature compared to previous years is that index values are shown in percentages instead of the formerly used absolute values.

The spreading of an integrity-based organisational culture and the development of integrity management tools are key objectives of the Anti-Corruption Programme of the Public Administration, thus it is important also from the perspective of strengthening Good Governance to involve as many budgetary organs in the survey as possible.
The spreading of the culture of integrity does not only serve Governmental interests but it is also an international commitment. The Hungarian Government undertook to ensure the participation of public sector organisations in the Integrity Survey of the State Audit Office in the framework of the Open Government Partnership, too. For this reason, Dr Tibor Navracsics, Minister of Public Administration and Justice sent a letter to the heads of budgetary organs calling their attention to the importance of the voluntary Integrity Survey, and encouraged them to participate in the survey.

The invitation letter of the Minister of Public Administration and Justice also contributed to the fact that state organ participation in the survey increased by 40% in 2013 compared to 2012.

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