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Tribunal de Contas da União

Governing-IT: a control model in progress

The TCU has been receiving many requests from institutions within the Brazilian Public Administration asking to be included in the Court’s auditing program.
Por Secom TCU

This is a result of Governing-IT, which is an initiative of the Department of External Control – IT (Sefti) that consists in carrying out audits in the form of surveys in order to encourage organizations to make a control self assessment of their most relevant projects. 

Governing-IT makes use of fast methods, Control Self Assessment (CSA) techniques, and elements from the exponential thinking doctrine to boost outputs given to the main user of this type of audit: the audited manager. 

The model aims to multiply, for example, the type of result obtained from experimenting with the Fast Follow-up project (RAcom Ágil) in healthcare, an audit carried out by Sefti following up the implementation of the ConecteSUS Program (National Network of Health Data – RNDS, electronic medical reports, etc.). And which were the results? one might ask. The program has become a reality (citizens may access their Covid-19 vaccination receipts and exams directly on their cellphones) and was recognized by the president of the IT Committee of the Ministry, when he registered, in a documented assessment, that TCU’s timely intervention contributed to the obtained results.

The following excerpt was taken from a case still in course in the Court and is an example of the positive engagement between the TCU and institutions under its jurisdiction with regards to Governing-IT:

 “I would like to state that the Ministry of Education is interested in participating in the survey “Governing-IT” (TC 025.388/2021-5) which, by means of a control self assessment process, aims to encourage organizations to improve their internal control systems regarding relevant IT projects of the Federal Government”.

Eleven official letters with a similar content have reached Sefti, informing that their organizations were willing to volunteer for a self assessment process on the functioning of Digital Governance Committees, the IT Directive Planning (PDTIC) and the most relevant IT project. Among these organizations, there are three sectorial departments of the Management System of Information Technology Resources (Sisp – Ministries).

Digital Governance Committees 

Decree 10.332/2020 established more clear rules regarding members and attributions for the Digital Governance Committees (CGD) of organizations from the Federal Executive Branch, stating that its members must occupy DAS-5 positions or higher and delegating noble activities, such as approval and monitoring of technology strategies and plans, in support to the organization’s top management.      

 The proper functioning of these committees becomes a crucial issue for IT’s good governance as well as for better outputs in technology. Since all public services rendered to society must be preferably in digital format, committees have the potential to positively impact all federal public policies. 




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