With the presentation of an external study on the evaluation of public policies, the vice president of the Board, Francisco Igea, yesterday advanced a proposal for an oversight model that will monitor the work of the Government permanently. In it, the Board of Accounts will participate as an independent body, which will mean a greater endowment “of personal and material resources” for it. The complete structure, designed based on the suggestion of the Independent Authority for Fiscal Responsibility (AIReF), author of the report presented, plans to rely on four agents: a driving unit, another integrator, evaluation units of management centers and independent units.
The Transparency, Presidency and Economy ministries, which currently carry out coordination and monitoring tasks, would be part of these new units. “We believe that the way to change things is to change institutions, and that is why we want to give citizens a tool that allows them to assess whether we are efficient and how we use the public resources that they entrust to us,” clarified the also spokesman for the regional government.
Although Igea did not specify what the budget increase for the Council of Accounts would be, it did cement the will of the Board to count on it in the “quality” of its work and its proper functioning, which would allow maintaining the “principle of austerity “Of which the Executive presumes and in this way not” to create a new body from scratch, something much more expensive. “
For his part, the Minister of Economy and Finance, Carlos Fernández Carriedo, celebrated that AIReF has valued the “good wickers” that the regional administration has to “continue moving forward.” And both reiterated their willingness to follow the roadmap set by the auditor to ‘institutionalize’ the evaluation. Although the organization has signed studies for other regional administrations, Carriedo highlighted the pioneering nature of the audit system: “We are the first autonomous community to implement an evaluation model with AIReF.”
In its study, AIReF has analyzed four fundamental axes in the public policy of Castilla y León: the regulatory framework, the organizational structure, the evaluation capacity and a final block that includes planning, monitoring and evaluations. After an international comparative analysis, it has concluded that there are sufficient laws in the Community to allow this assessment, but that “much of the legislation is not implemented and requires further progress.” What’s more, proposes a good budget schedule and the aforementioned changes in the institutional architecture to organize the tasks around these four large units.