Transparency International Ireland National Integrity Index
The Audit Board in the Office is committed to a zero tolerance approach in relation to bribery, corruption and fraud.
The Office is committed to integrity in the conduct of its work, with specific requirements in place regarding:
- integrity objectivity and independence;
- financial, business, employment and personal relationships;
- long association with audit engagements; and
- fees, remuneration and evaluation policies, litigation, gifts and hospitality.
These rules incorporate the requirements of both the Civil Service Code of Standards and Behaviour and ethics legislation. There are also specific policies and procedures regarding protected disclosures.
The Office’s systems, policies and procedures are designed to ensure compliance with these requirements, by embedding these requirements within our culture and our day-to-day practices and by monitoring outcomes. Oversight mechanisms include the ethics and monitoring process, the risk management process, internal audit and the Office’s overall corporate governance framework.
The Office is also a member of Transparency International Ireland’s Integrity at Work programme, which helps to foster workplaces where people are supported to raise concerns of wrongdoing and act with integrity. This programme provides people with guidance on how to speak up as well as having a dedicated helpline for people who wish to speak up.
Transparency International Ireland recently undertook a desk-based review of a sample of public sector bodies, including the Office. This assessed a number of public sector bodies against a standard framework. The report (here) was published in October 2022. This review gives us valuable feedback on those areas where the Office has well-developed policies and procedures, as well as those areas where improvements, tailored to the operations of the Office, can be made (see table here).
In particular, we will publish the anti-corruption and anti-bribery measures detailed above in a designated area in our website and specify that all staff, including senior management, must adhere to them. We will also publish details of our policy on the capitalisation of assets and asset disposal procedures. In our annual report on protected disclosures, we will explicitly confirm that none of the protected disclosures have come from staff – previously, where the number included staff disclosures, we highlighted this, and we will continue to do so, where this is the case.
Following the recent introduction of the Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Act, comprehensive staff training on this area will be rolled out once the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform publishes its planned guidance.