The governance and oversight structures in the Belgian federal government

When looking at the public sector, people not familiar with the structures and the relationship between administrations and the political level often ask how its governance structure compares to other environments, such as the private sector. Governance in the private sector is based on the management and control of a traditional principal - agent relationship. … Continue reading The governance and oversight structures in the Belgian federal government

A lean government needs strategic internal audit

In the short period of 1999 to 2003, the Belgian federal government was making some real progress, at least conceptually, in improving its functioning. The Copernicus reform, which eventually failed, had some essential ideas on how to turn the Belgian federal public sector into a (reasonably) lean organisation. Come the 2008-2009 financial crisis, and we … Continue reading A lean government needs strategic internal audit

Chronicle of an announced passing – the presidency of the Belgian federal audit committee

A couple of days ago, the president of the Belgian federal audit committee announced that he was resigning because his committee did not receive the required support from the government to allow it to achieve its objectives. He was quickly supported by at least one high profile president of a federal government service, a ministry, … Continue reading Chronicle of an announced passing – the presidency of the Belgian federal audit committee

The challenges of establishing a centralized internal audit service in the Belgian federal administrations

Please note this is an opinion piece. There are some strongly held convictions which I voice here. My involvement in trying to establish internal audit in the Belgian federal governmentRecently, rumors have been building up again about a centralized internal audit service for the Belgian federal government. I think it would be a very bad … Continue reading The challenges of establishing a centralized internal audit service in the Belgian federal administrations