Accountability and transparency are key to advancing good governance, and supreme audit institutions (SAI) play a critical role in improving government performance.
GAO's annual International Auditor Fellowship Program is designed to strengthen the ability of SAIs to fulfill their missions and enhance accountability and governance worldwide.
As a member of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI), GAO initiated this program in 1979 in response to increased federal government expenditures abroad and the related need to strengthen accountability over these funds. Participants are nominated by their leadership with the expectation that they will transfer the knowledge and skills gained to their organizations.
During the 3-month intensive, multifaceted learning program, Fellows explore a variety of audit techniques and approaches with an emphasis on the skills required to conduct performance audits. Fellows develop strategies to implement change and transfer knowledge to their respective SAI. Over 640 middle- to-senior-level officials from the SAIs of 109 countries have graduated from the program. Many of them have since become Auditors General, Deputy Auditors General, or Government Ministers.