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Internal Control and Auditing

The central government consist of several existing institution at the central level
which are legislature (MPR, DPR, DPRD), the executive (president, vice president, and
secretary), as well as the judicial power institution (MA, KY, MK), and BPK. According to
Act No. 32 year 2004, the affairs that handled by central government are the foreign policy,
defense, security, judicial, national monetary and fiscal, as well as religion. In addition to
performing this obligation, the central government is also obliged to carry out the
management of state finances in orderly manners, obey the laws and regulations, efficient,
economical, effective, and transparent, taking into account the sense of justice and propriety.
To prove that the central government perform its obligation according to the standard, the
government have to provide financial report as the form of their accountability. Then, the
auditing process in which defined as process of problem identification, analysis, and
evaluation have to be conducted by State Inspection Agency (BPK) as an independent entity
in order to access the validity, accuracy, credibility, and reliability of the accounting
information on the management and financial responsibility of the state.

Furthermore, in conducting the audit on governments financial report year 2015,


subsidy expenditure account shows that the Specific Fuel Type (JBT) solar is burdening
consumers for about $3.19 trillion as the government sets the retail price of subsidized diesel
higher than it should be. Then, according to the note D.2.14, the central government stated
that the non-taxes receivable is Rp.159.61 trillion in which consists of Rp.1.82 trillion is the
non-tax receivable as money replacement of corruption cases from Republic of Indonesia
Attorney. However, 51 documents related documents are loss so that the transaction cannot
be approved. Besides, the other Rp.33.94 of the fixed fee, royalty and sales mining at the
Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources are not supported by adequate source documents
as well as Rp.101.34 billion does not match with the confirmation result to the mandatory
pay. Moreover, based on note D.2.21, central government stated that the supply balance is
Rp.96.16 trillion in which consist of the value of the supply at the Ministry of Defense worth
Rp2.49 trillion that is not fully supported by the administration, recording, consolidation and
reconciliation of State Property which delivered to the public that cannot be described the
status of their delivery.

As a result, those accounts must be observed more deeply because this account have
higher risk since in Indonesia the corruption case is not a rare anymore. Almost every day in
every mass media reported about corruption cases that committed by state officials and
government officials either done individually or in groups and the most shocked news that the
turned out of corruption and collusion in Indonesia is not only done by the executive, but also
the legislative and judicial authorities. The corruption may occurs due to the pressure,
opportunity in which created because of lack of internal control in which defined as an
integral process and activities that carried out continuously by the entire people within the
government in order to provide reasonable assurance on the achievement of organizational
goals and to provide reliable financial report (Mahmud, 2011). One of the biggest factor that
plays a significant role to fraud occurrence due to lack of control within the government
entity. The accounts affect the internal control weaknesses because the high number of the
budget provided budget is not balanced with the better internal control. As a result, there will
be a lot of budget misuse as the object of corruption by the legislature and executive who are
not responsible to their position.

Moreover, the auditors have to create their audit strategy to overcome this problem.
First, they need to do analytical procedures which consist of the investigation and comparison
between the documents. For instance, comparing the item in expenditure account according
to budget and realization expenditure item that includes calculation and the use of ratios,
vertical analysis, percentage reports, mathematical and statistical model (regression), as well
as comparison among the historical data or budget. Then, do the inspection in which defined
as the detail examination process towards the transaction and physical evidences such as bank
account, receipts from the transactions to evaluate whether the transactions are according to
the budgeted and realization value as well as to decide which invoice or contract that need
further bottom-up examination. Confirming is the next step that auditor have to do in order to
attain further direct information from any other independent entity outside the company,
obtain information from the treasury that involve in purchasing or allocating budget
activities. Next step is to do inquiring which is the process when the auditor request
information orally or written to the employees or management and usually arise after
analytical producers implementation. Next is do physical counting towards tangible
resources, such as the amount of cash and existing inventory and account of all documents,
do tracing to choose the documents created at the time the transaction occurs and determines
that the information provided by the document has been properly recorded in the accounting
records. Besides, another important things to do in audit is the implementation of the re-
calculation and reconciliation undertaken by the public sector (re-performing).
References:

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Tahun 2015." 2015. 2 February 2017.
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2015." 2015. 30 January 2017.
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