Rp19.6bn Goes Missing, But Bali Gets Audit ‘Pass’
Bali’s provincial government cannot properly account for a total of Rp196 billion (US$21.2 million) in its 2009 budget spending but has earned a partial pass from the State Audit Board (BKP) in its annual audit of financial reporting.
The rating gives Bali a “valid with some exceptions” report. It is a big improvement on the audit board’s report on the 2008 fiscal year, which BKP issued with a disclaimer and a “no comment” rating.
BKP member Rizal Djalil told said at the handover of the 2009 audit report late last week the exceptions in the report were in education expenditures for which documentation was insufficient to satisfy auditors.
Other budget line items had not been managed in accordance with procedures required for the Provincial Budget for Revenues and Expenditures (APBD).
Djalil also said the way provincial assets were counted and inventoried were of concern and had earned the “exception” rating. “For assets lacking a certificate, we issued certificates. Those involving a third party will soon be sorted out,” he said.
Auditors said that in future payments for social aid and assistance must be made through formal programmes to avoid imbalances and jealousy between residents of competing areas.
Local media, reporting the audit outcome, said Bali was estimated to have lost Rp17.6 billion ($1.9 million) due to “leakages” in budget outlays in 2009 and Rp178.4 billion ($19.3 million) in unqualified administrative payments.Filed under: Headlines