Role of the Public Accounts Committee
By the nature of its role as the public spending watchdog, the Public Accounts Committee is one of the most powerful Oireachtas Committees. It has a key role to play in ensuring that there is accountability and transparency in the way Government agencies allocate, spend and manage their finances and in guaranteeing that the taxpayer receives value for money for every euro spent.
The Committee on Public Accounts is a standing Committee of the Dáil and is responsible for examining and reporting on reports of Comptroller and Auditor General on Departmental expenditure and certain other accounts. It also considers the Comptroller and Auditor General’s reports on his or her examinations of economy, efficiency, effectiveness evaluation systems, procedures and practices.
The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Committee share the same objectives – to manage public expenditure efficiently and to deliver value for money for the taxpayer.
One of our key goals is to ensure that spending targets are set and delivered, and that the fiscal deficit is reduced.
Briefing submitted to the Secretary General, Mr Robert Watt, prior to his appearance at the Public Accounts Committee on 3rd April 2014: