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Advisory report on the audit of federal government reporting on the National Flood Protection Programme

Audit Id 1599835364876
Title Advisory report on the audit of federal government reporting on the National Flood Protection Programme
Title in original language

Bericht über die Prüfung der Berichterstattung der Bundesregierung zum Nationalen Hochwasserschutzprogramm

German

Year 2019
Subject

Agriculture and Food

Environment and Natural Resources

Type

Performance

Type of performance

Performed by single SAI

Comments The National Flood Protection Programme is designed to speed up preventative flood defence projects of key priority that affect more than one region. The federal government co-finances the states’ activities to improve agricultural structures and coastal defence. Currently, federal grant funding for this joint task with the states makes up €100 million annually. The parliamentary Budget Committee adopted a resolution calling for the federal government to report to the Committee on the status of National Programme implementation. We reviewed the federal government’s reporting practice. The annual reports of the federal government did not specify the individual National Programme projects for which the states had disbursed the federal grants. To provide parliament with reliable information about National Programme run and target achievement, we consider it crucial for the government to report in detail to the Budget Committee on the purposes for which project grants have been disbursed and any challenges arising. At the time of our audit, the government had failed to verify if the states complied with the Master Plan and had actually used grants solely for capital work operations. We hold that to fulfil its reporting duty properly, the government needs additional facts and figures from the states. The government should engage with the states to agree on a set of instruments that is fit for the purpose of substantiating that federal grants have been used solely for capital works.
Country

Germany

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Contact
Thomas Schmidt-Wegner
thomas.schmidt-wegner@brh.bund.de
https://www.bundesrechnungshof.de/de
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