Mission and strategy

No matter how much the world around us changes, our guiding principle remains the same: public money must be subject to public audit.

Our mission is to audit central government in order to improve its performance and functioning. 

We audit whether: 

  • the government spends public money correctly and as agreed;
  • the government spends public money economically, efficiently and effectively;
  • the public get value for money.

Sharing knowledge and information

We pass on the knowledge we gain from our audits to the government and parliament. As a rule, this information is also available to the public. It consists of audit findings, opinions and recommendations concerning organisational management and policy matters. 

Our strategy: Trust based on Understanding

By means of our independent and impartial audits, we reveal how central government actually functions and performs and what improvements can be made. In doing so, we wish to strengthen society’s confidence in the government. An effective government is a prerequisite for public trust. It must exercise due care in its use of public money, deal with social issues efficiently and to good effect and publicly account for the way in which it spends money.

Multiyear audit programmes

We have made a conscious decision to critically follow public funds. Our multiyear audit programmes therefore concentrate on policy fields and themes that are of great financial and social importance. We audit areas where we can add value on account of our special powers, such as the right to inspect confidential information, and our independence and impartiality, or because no other organisation can perform such audits.

Insight and clarification

We want our work to provide an insight into the government’s use of taxes and to explain what it does with them: what impact do policy measures have in practice – in the workplace and on the street? What is the outcome for society? Our annual accountability audits look not only at the figures but also at more substantive issues. First of all, regularity: has the money been spent in accordance with the regulations? Operational management: are a ministry’s activities properly organised? And what everyone wants to know: has the policy had the intended outcome?

Our strategy describes the changing world around us, what we will do and how we will do it.