DEDICATION AND BLESSING OF NEWLY EXPANDED/RENOVATED OFFICE COMPLEX

November 14, 2022

Majuro, MH., On Friday, November 11, 2022, the Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) held a dedication and blessing ceremony for its newly constructed/renovated Office complex in Delap Village, Majuro. Among those attending the dedication ceremony were President H.E. David Kabua and First Lady Ginger Kabua and Honorable Kenneth A. Kedi, Speaker of the Nitijela (Parliament), several members of the Presidential Cabinet and the Nitijela. Both President Kabua and Speaker Kedi delivered remarks and congratulated the Auditor-General and staff for the completion of the newly renovated/expanded OAG complex.

Irooj Yoland Jurelang delivered the welcoming remarks on behalf of Lerooj Esther Zedkaia and the landowners of Lokejbar weto (land parcel) where the Office complex is located. Irooj Yoland also congratulated OAG for the completion of its newly constructed Office complex. In his remarks, Mr. Junior Patrick, Auditor-General, thanked the RMI Government for the funding assistance that have made the OAG complex expansion and renovation project possible. Mr. Patrick also congratulated all OAG staff on the completion of the Office complex and challenged his staff to do better in performing the various responsibilities of the Office he leads. Mr. Patrick remarked, “we can have the best facility but what matters most is what comes out of this building”. This proceeding was followed by live music entertainment, refreshments and open-house tour for audience interested.

On behalf of the Auditor-General, we would like to thank everyone for coming to this dedication ceremony. Special thanks and recognition to Rev. Tim Mea (represented by Rev. Lami Paul) of the Uliga United Church of Christ, Lerooj Esther Zedkaia and landowners of Lokejbar Weto, H.E. President Kabua, and Hon. Speaker Kenneth A. Kedi for their kind & wonderful remarks.

OAG HAS COMPLETED ITS NEW 5-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN (FY2023 – FY2027)

June 17th, 2022

Majuro, MH., June 17th, 2022 — The Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) is pleased to announce the completion of its new Five-Year Strategic Plan FY2023 – FY2027. The new Strategic Plan was developed through a consultation process with our key stakeholders as well as consideration of issues and recommendations that were identified in the past studies such as the SAI Performance Management Framework (SAI PMF) Report (2021) and the regional study on Accountability and Transparency (2015) in which OAG’s legal framework was assessed against the internationally-recommended setting for SAI or audit institution as stipulated in the Mexico Declaration on SAI Independence.

The Strategic Plan outlines our priorities and 4 desired outcomes, and how we plan to achieve them. We will regularly monitor and evaluate the success of this plan. It is our hope that we will receive support and resources we need to successfully implement this plan.

We would like to thank our stakeholders that we met for their feedback and OAG personnel for their contributions during the development of this Strategic Plan.

Media Contact

Leban Joash

I.T Manager & Communication Officer

Email: joashlebon@gmail.com | Phone: (692) 625 3390

Website: www.rmioag.com

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OAG Bids Farewell to a Longtime Auditor and Friend – Mrs. Karen T. Joklur

We are sad to bid our farewell to a longtime auditor and friend, Mrs. Karen T. Joklur, who retired after 34 plus years with the OAG. Karen was one of our longest serving and well trained auditors. During her tenure with the OAG, Karen contributed toward many of our audit and investigation products, trained young auditors, and gave her best to the job.

We thank Karen for her contributions and many years in public service and wish her well in her retirement. You will be missed around here. Please keep in touch.

OAG Farewell/Appreciation Dinner with Mrs. Karen T. Joklur

Media Contact

Leban Joash

IT Manager & Communication Officer / (692) 625-3390 / www.rmioag.com

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Auditor-General Office wins ALGA Award & National Recognition

Majuro, MH, May 20th, 2021 — The Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) proudly announces that its Audit of the Passport Program won a 2020 Distinguished Knighton Award from the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) for best performance audit in the Small Shop Category. Each year, local government audit organizations from the U.S. and Canada submit their best performance audit reports for judging. The purpose of the competition is to improve government services by encouraging and increasing levels of excellence among government auditors. Judges from peer organizations determined that this audit was among the best of 2020. The Award was presented virtually during ALGA’s Annual Conference on May 4, 2021.

The Audit of the Passport Program was judged on several key elements, such as the potential for significant impact, the persuasiveness of the conclusions, the focus on improving government efficiency and effectiveness, and its clarity and conciseness.

OAG congratulates its staffs on the achievement of this prestigious award and shares this award with former auditors who made contributions to our report.

Media Contact

Mr. Jean Digno, Communication/IT Director
Email: digno.jean@gmail.com
Phone: (692) 625-3390/3192

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OAG PARTICIPATED IN IMPREST FUND TRAINING FOR NEW RMI DIPLOMATS

Majuro, MH, April 7th, 2021 — The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) was invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) to participate as one of the panelist during an Imprest Funds and Induction training for new diplomats who will be posted at various RMI Oversees Missions and Embassies. Also participated during the Induction Program were Mr. Patrick Langrine, Secretary of Finance, and staff who delivered training on the Imprest Fund Guidelines and Operating procedures that all Overseas Missions are expected to follow.

The OAG shared with the participants the common problems found in the audit of RMI Missions abroad in the past. In his remarks, the Auditor General reminded the new diplomats that as public servants and stewards of public resources we have an obligation to make sure public resources are used for their intended purpose and in accordance with all applicable government policies and procedures.

Secretary of MOFAT
Mrs. Anjanette Kattil (seated, 2nd front-right), MOFAT Secretary, delivered her opening remarks during the opening of the training.

 

Secretary of Finance
Participants from the MOFAT, MOF, and OAG during the Induction training.

 

Presentation
Mr. Damiee Riklon, Audit Manager (right), and Mr. Maludrik Maludrik, Audit Supervisor (left), shared previous findings on the embassies with the participants.

 

Answering Questions
Mr. Damiee Riklon, Audit Manager (right), and Mr. Maludrik Maludrik, Audit Supervisor (center), answering questions at the end of their presentation. With Mr. Junior Patrick, Auditor General (left), sitting alongside them.

Media Contact

Jean Digno

IT Manager & Communication Officer/ (692) 625-3390/ www.rmioag.com

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Office of the Auditor-General Announces Its New Financial & Compliance Audit Manager, MR. Iowane Tiko.

Majuro, MH, July 14th, 2020- The Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) announces today the hiring of its new Audit Manager for Financial & Compliance Auditing Department, Mr. Iowane P. Tiko.

Mr. Tiko brings over 5 years of professional experience in the financial auditing field. Previously, Mr. Tiko worked at the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a multinational professional services network of firms which offers business advisory services such as auditing, accounting, taxation, strategy management, and human resource consulting services, in Suva, Republic of Fiji.

As the Financial Audit Manager, Mr. Tiko is responsible for managing and directing all financial/compliance audit engagements of OAG, including planning the audit engagements, developing audit program and scope for staff to follow; and finalize all audit reports for final review and issuance.

OAG strives to strengthen its capability to improve accountability and governance across the public institutions through its audits. “The recent recruitment of Mr. Tiko demonstrates the OAG’s commitment to strengthen its capability to fulfill its audit responsibility. OAG is delighted to have Mr. Tiko on board who brings in great experience in the area of financial auditing” says Mr. Junior Patrick, the Auditor-General.

 “The prospect of working for the Office of the Auditor-General- RMI will be personally very exciting, humbling and definitely reignite my passion for auditing,” Tiko says. “I am eager to make a positive contribution towards the OAG and also for the country and economy as a whole.”

Media Contact

Anastasia Dujmovic

IT Manager & Communication Officer/ (692) 625-3390/ www.rmioag.com

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Training on Financial and Investigative Audits

By Anastasia Dujmovic

Majuro, MH – For many audit agencies, the ultimate goal is to examine, assist and teach government departments how to effectively manage public money and prevent fraud by practicing good governance, risk management and internal controls.

The Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) was established to conduct audits of the entire Republic of the Marshall Islands’ agencies and activities. In order to successfully achieve the office’s aims of undertaking high quality audits and serving as a leader in delivering public audit services, OAG staff and employees attend trainings for professional growth.

OAG invited Mr. Martin Ruben from Ruben Consulting to conduct training from October 21st to 25th, 2019, on financial and investigative audits. The two main goals of the training were to enhance auditing skills for financial auditors and to provide basic training on investigation to new investigators.

Auditor-General Junior Patrick, Assistant Auditor-General Atmita Jonathan, OAG’s management team, financial auditors, performance auditors and fraud investigators, and two auditors from Deloitte & Touche successfully completed the training and received certification of completion.

All attendees benefitted as they enhanced their competency and obtained certificate of professional education (CPE) hours required to continue working in the audit organization. Attending and hosting trainings are some of the ways Office of the Auditor-General contribute staff and employees’ personal, professional and overall organizational growth. OAG is grateful for the Graduate School for providing this capacity building opportunity for benefits of its staffs.

Office of the Auditor-General proudly announces its first certified fraud examiners (CFE).

Majuro, MH – (January 28th, 2020) — Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) announced today its Chief Investigator Jaston Anjain and Deputy Chief Investigator, Vivian Niedenthal Koroivulaono, are now Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE).

To become a CFE, one must pass an exam on the four major disciplines that comprise the fraud examination body of knowledge: Fraud Prevention & Deterrence, Financial Transactions & Fraud Scheme, Investigation and Law.

Although Mr. Anjain and Mrs. Koroivulaono have only been with OAG in a span of 4-5 years, they have met high professional, ethical, and educational standards and OAG recognizes them with great admiration for their leadership, contribution and dedication to the agency and the people of the Marshall Islands.

ABOUT ACFE: ASSOCIATION OF CERTIFIED FRAUD EXAMINERS

The ACFE is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education.

The Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential denotes proven expertise in fraud prevention, detection and deterrence. CFEs around the world help protect the global economy by uncovering fraud and implementing processes to prevent fraud from occurring in the first place. To learn more about ACFE, visit www.acfe.com.

ABOUT OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR-GENERAL

The Office of the Auditor-General was established under the Constitution of the Republic of the Marshall Islands as an independent agency to conduct audits of all RMI agencies and activities. OAG has a special duty to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse in the collection and expenditure of all public funds.


MEDIA CONTACT

Anastasia Dujmovic

IT Manager/Communication Officer Office of the Auditor-General Telephone- (692) 625-3390 www.rmioag.com

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