Integrity, from the Latin integer, meaning untouched, is a concept whose definition embraces qualities crucial for any public servant, and particularly those who serve in a Supreme Audit Institution (SAI). These qualities include incorruptibility, professionalism, honesty, candor, impartiality, reliability, objectivity and respect. However it is not the exclusive responsibility of the public official to be “untouchable”. Each contravention of integrity, each “giving in to temptation”, is the shared responsibility of all organizations as they are the ones in charge of implementing corrective and, more importantly, preventative, measures. IntoSAINT is a tool whose purpose is both to ensure that the staff of SAIs are not exposed to temptation and also to foster a work environment that is open, critical and transparent, in which senior management is an example, trust is promoted and an image is projected in line with its mandate.

IntoSAINT was designed by the Court of Audit of the Netherlands, in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior and the Office of Integrity of the City of Amsterdam, for all public-sector organizations – and now SAIs – to evaluate their weaknesses and their capacity to resist breaches of integrity. The tool is an innovative development that also offers recommendations on how these organizations can improve their management of institutional integrity.

IntoSAINT consists of a two-day self-evaluation workshop given by a  by a trained moderator to a select group chosen in conjunction with the senior management of the organization being evaluated and including personnel from a range of disciplines, departments and levels in the hierarchy. As such the importance of the concept of integrity and the collective ownership of the measures to foster it, are disseminated throughout the organization.

The tool allows staff, guided by trained facilitators from other SAIs (for the sake of objectivity) to identify areas where integrity within their SAIs may be at risk, and assess the maturity level of the system of checks. With problem areas identified, measures are then established to rectify them as well as to promote awareness of them within the SAI.

The flexibility of IntoSAINT is such that it can be used comprehensively (the whole SAI, which is recommended during the first self-evaluation exercise), or at Special Audit or General Management level, or indeed at departmental level.

For more information on the mechanics of IntoSAINT, please see IntoSAINT – Concepto y Metodología

The Special Technical Committee for Public Ethics, Administrative Probity and Transparency (CEPAT) represents OLACEFS’ institutional endeavor to fight corruption in the region and bring about good governance. It is responsible for the practice of administrative probity within each of the SAIs, and as such IntoSAINT, the tool for the self-evaluation of integrity within the SAIs, is an appropriate mechanism for encouraging SAIs to lead by example in the field of public ethics, good governance and accountability in the public sector.

A presentation on the benefits of this tool was given during OLACEFS 22nd Annual General Assembly, held in Gramado, Brazil from November 5 – 10, 2012. Given that the regional implementation of IntoSAINT forms part of the actions envisaged in CEPAT’s Annual Operating Plan for 2013, and in view of the fact that this initiative is consistent with, and in indeed reinforces achieving the goals set out in OLACEFS Strategic Plan for 2011-2015, a training course was proposed for IntoSAINT moderators in OLACEFS.

To proceed with the gradual implementation of IntoSAINT at regional level it was necessary to provide OLACEFS’ SAIs with staff trained in the methodology of the tool. They will promote IntoSAINT in the SAIs, preside over the self-evaluations carried out by the SAIs and facilitate the use of the tool to implement or strengthen – as appropriate – the policy on institutional integrity.

In order to promote the learning process and optimal training of moderators, as well as the success of the subsequent implementation of this initiative – as established in the methodology – it was requested that those SAIs interested in participating in the course will nominate at least two representatives. The following recommendations were issued:

  • At least one of the designated public servants should serve as liaison, head or member of the training department or area of the respective SAI in order to encourage the replication of the training course for moderators in the entity of origin.
  • At least one of the applicants should have experience in the area of integrity within their SAI (given that there exists such an area), or should be the designated leader for the establishment or strengthening of that unit (or the institutional integrity policy)
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The Superior Audit Office of Mexico, in its capacity as Chair of the Special Technical Committee on Public Ethics, Administrative Probity and Transparency (CEPAT), in coordination with the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic of Peru, Chair of OLACEFS’ Regional Training Committee (CCR), held the First Regional Training Course for Moderators of the Self-Assessment Tool for Integrity in SAI’s (IntoSAINT). , The course was attended by 19 OLACEFS’ member SAIs and one CAROSAI member SAI, as well as representatives of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), as observers.

The course consisted of two phases:

  • Virtual Phase: , from July 29 to September 6, 2013, divided into six thematic modules designed to provide information on the methodology, scope and benefits of the tool as well as its relevance to OLACEFS.
  • Classroom Phase:, a practical two-day workshop held at the Superior Audit Office on September 12 and 13, 2013 in Mexico City. The aim was for participants to master the methodology for the application of the tool, through practical exercises and group dynamics. The workshop was attended by representatives of the Court of Auditors of the Netherlands, world leader in the use of IntoSAINT.

The course turned out 30 officially certified regional IntoSAINT moderators, and one from CAROSAI.

The regional team of certified moderators will be responsible for:

  1. fostering awareness of the relevance of integrity in SAIs
  2. promoting the systematic use of self-assessment of integrity in SAIs
  3. moderating self-assessments in other OLACEFs member institutions, ensuring correct application of the tool.
  4. fostering the development, implementation and strengthening of the integrity policy of their SAI.
  5. contributing to the spread in OLACEFS of the value and benefit of IntoSAINT in the context of CEPAT activities.
  6. promoting and organizing replica moderator training courses within their institutions; acting as instructors for training personnel in their SAIs as additional moderators; including officials from other OLACEFS’ member SAIs in courses.

For information on certified moderators, please see the following: Moderators officially certified during First Regional Course for the Training of IntoSAINT moderators

Following the success of the First Regional Training Course for IntoSAINT Moderators, the Chair of CEPAT is developing a plan for implementing IntoSAINT in OLACEFS, in order to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the training project and encourage SAIs to lead by example in the field of public ethics, good governance and accountability in the public sector. This phase is intended to begin in early 2014 with the participation of OLACEFS member SAIs anticipated.
Below is a geographical breakdown of SAIs with officially certified IntoSAINT moderators.
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For more information please contact us:

Lic. Benjamín Fuentes Castro
Technical Secretary of the Superior Auditor of the Federation of Mexico
Head of CEPAT Secretariat
Phone: + 52 (55) 5534 1747
Fax: + 52 (55) 5534 4799
Email:
bfuentes@asf.gob.mxcepat@asf.gob.mx
earamirez@asf.gob.mx
rmiguel@asf.gob.mx
nmartinez@asf.gob.mx
ftparral@asf.gob.mx

Date Title/Description Download
14.07.2014 IntoSAINT – Concept and Methodology pdf
16.07.2014 Moderators officially certified during First Regional Course for the Training of IntoSAINT moderators pdf
11.07.2014 Regional Implementation Plan, 2014-2015 pdf
20.08.2014 Call to Participate in the First Stage of the Implementation Project pdf