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Assistant Secretary Babauta Announces Support For Palau’s Office Of The Public Auditor



April 19, 2010

Washington, D.C. - Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas, Tony Babauta today signed a Technical Assistance grant in the amount of $23,000 to the Republic of Palau’s Office of the Public Auditor (OPA).

Funds will be used to secure needed technology equipment, services and softwares for investigator and auditor staff to enable the continuation of quality and timely investigative and audit activities for both local and Federal funding. The purchasing of this equipment is expected to improve OPAs capacity to ensure that Palau assets are safeguarded, records are reliable, reports on operations are sufficient and fairly presented, fraud, waste and abuse are deterred, and activities are conducted efficiently and effectively.

“The people of Palau rely on OPA to serve as their guardian to ensure the effective and efficient administration and management of public funds and programs. Our objective is to promote improvement, so that the people of Palau benefit from accountable, well-managed public services that offer the best possible value for money,” said Assistant Secretary Babauta.

“Improving and strengthening the OPAs ability to carry out its mission is essential to providing reasonable assurance that the government remains accountable to its citizens,” added Babauta.