Public audit is in transition. On the one hand, professional organizations claim it is time ‘to break out’ and develop new roles for auditors that ‘add more value’. On the other hand, critics are concerned about public sector accountability deficits necessitating more control and urging auditors to hold on to their traditional role. This article discusses tensions and relevance between these positions and their implications for auditing in government. The article will help policy-makers in their strategic decision-making on the role and focus of internal audit in government.

Accountability deficits, accountability overload, control, internal audit, performance management
dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2018.1527574, hdl.handle.net/1765/111142
Public Money and Management: integrating theory and practice in public management
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Schillemans, T, van Twist, M, van der Steen, M.A, & de Jong, I. (Ilsa). (2018). New development: Breaking out or hanging on? Internal audit in government. Public Money and Management: integrating theory and practice in public management, 38(7), 531–534. doi:10.1080/09540962.2018.1527574