PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEES SYMPOSIUM

AGENDA

Day One - Monday
 
09:00 Registration and Refreshments
09:45 Chairman’s Welcome and Introductions
10:00 Improving the Scrutiny of Public Spending in a Constantly Changing World (TBC)
11:00 Morning Coffee
11:15 Do Governments Need New Measures to Safeguard Scrutiny of Public Spending? An Overview of The Effectiveness of PACs. (TBC)
12:30 Lunch
13:15 Effective Scrutiny Mechanisms for the PAC - (TBC)
  • What are effective scrutinising practices?
  • What are the obstacles to PAC scrutiny mechanisms?
  • New measures needed to safeguard scrutiny of public spending
  • How innovative can PACs realistically be when developing their role?
14:15 Panel Discussion – Transparency and Innovation: New Strategies in Monitoring Public Expenditure.
15:15 Afternoon Tea
15:30 Case Study: Driving Smarter Scrutiny UK New Government Scrutiny Guidance
16:30 Questions and Discussion
17:00 Networking Drinks
18:00 Drinks Close
Day Two - Tuesday
 
09:30 Refreshments
09:45 Chairman’s Welcome and Recap
10:00 Facilitated Discussion: Delegates' Perspective on how their Governments can innovate to ensure more Transparency And Accountability
11:00 Morning Coffee
11:15 How to Ensure there is Transparency and Accountability in Government Expenditure
12:15 Lunch
13:00 Case Study: How innovative can PACs realistically be when developing their role? The expansion of PACs in commonwealth countries.
14:00 What are the obstacles to implementing innovative and experimental practices/ strategies in PACs’ work?
15:00 Afternoon Tea
15:15 Innovative Monitoring Strategies to Measure the Effectiveness and Impact of PACs
16:15 Concluding Remarks and Certificate Presentation
16:30 Close


PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE IN THE WORK OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEES

Day One - Wednesday
 
09:30 Registration and Refreshments
09:45 Chairman’s Welcome and Delegates’ - Introductions and Expectations
10:00 The Relationship between PAC and National Audit Institution
  • Professional and statutory relationships
  • Working together in practice
  • Avoiding conflicts of interest
  • Transparency in communications
  • What does the PAC needs from its Audit Institution?
  • Support for the PAC
  • Independence and inter-dependence
  • The role of the SAI – examples and case studies from around the world
11:30 Morning Coffee
11:45 Managing a Commons Select Committee inquiry
  • Who sets the schedule?
  • Managing the diary workflow effectively and to optimum effect in committee inquiries
  • Co-ordinating with members and departments
  • Communications and notification of committee business to relevant authorities 
13:00 Lunch
13:30 Departure - Tour of Palace of Westminster (Parliament) - (TBC)
  • Westminster Hall
  • St Stephen’s Hall
  • Central Lobby             
15:00 Visit Select Committee Public Hearing - (TBC)
  • Visit to select committee, depending on Commons/Lords committee calendar    
Day Two / Three - Thursday / Friday
 
09:30 Refreshments
09:45 Chairman’s Welcome and Recap
10:00 Workshop in Skills for Members and Best Practice in Conducting an Inquiry 
  • Analysis of video of PAC in Action
  • Procedures for assuring the skills of members
  • Examination of inquiry procedures – applying audit accounting principles in context- impartiality and objectivity in investigative procedures and balancing evidence
  • Techniques and statutory procedures for avoiding conflicts of interest
  • Call for evidence
  • Communication strategies
  • Role of the media
  • Written evidence and selecting witnesses
  • Preparing agendas and briefing for members and the press
11:00 Morning Coffee
11:15

Workshop continued.

  • Managing oral evidence sessions and the hearing   process effectively
  • Methodologies for drawing conclusions – Procedural analysis for clerks, chair and members                                    
  • Securing cross-party agreement
  • Publishing evidence and statutory requirements for ministers to respond formally                                      
  • Guidance for depts in responding to committee reports
  • Securing impact for committee reports and timescales for follow-up actions and recommendations
  • Common issues faced by PACs from around the world and possible solutions
  • Maintaining independence from executive and civil service
12:45 Lunch
13:30 Understanding Witness Perspectives in Appearing before PAC hearings
  • How witnesses prepare for giving evidence at public hearings                          
  • Techniques used by witnesses in answering questions
  • Sifting the relevant information from large volume accounts                            
  • Techniques used by auditors and what to look out for in investigative techniques
14:45 Afternoon Tea
15:00 The Roles of Audit and Scrutiny in Ensuring Value for Public Money
  • Examining Performance (case study on the evolution from CPA to CAA in the UK)                                    
  • Identifying waste in public spending
  • Overseeing best practice and VFM in public procurement
  • Audit and tackling corruption in public spending
  • Setting public financial management principles and techniques in the context of the work of PACs                                                          
15:45

Chartered Management Institute Assignments and Criteria

  • Structuring a written piece of work for assessment - generic overview and principles
  • Structuring these two specific pieces of work to demonstrate all the assessment criteria
  • Blending PAC content into these structures
16:30 Final Discussion and Recap
  • Certificate Presentations
  • Group Photo
  • Evaluation Forms
17:00 Close