Transparency & accountability

Legislation goes into effect to ensure proper use of public funds

The federal law of control and accountability went into effect in the end of May. The law provides additional powers to a branch of the federal government – the Auditoria Superior de la Federacion – to process complaints and work with investigators in pursuing more serious charges in cases involving budget irregularities in accounting, subsidies, transfer, donations, federal spending and the public debt.

The Auditoria Superior will also need to reach agreements with state and local governmental agencies to guarantee its effectiveness in investigating cases that involve money distributions to states. The law is being touted as an example of how Mexican president Felipe Calderon is fulfilling his promises to provide greater governmental transparency and prevent official corruption in the use of public funds.

From the June Justice in Mexico Project’s Monthly News Report:

“SFP celebra publicacion de Ley de Fiscalizacion.” Milenio. May 30, 2009.
Ramos, Jorge. “Funcion Publica destaca nuevas atribuciones de Auditoria Superior.” El Universal. May 30, 2009.

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