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Law "About the Chamber of Control and Accounts of Volgograd region"

Adopted by Volgograd Regional Duma on November 4, 1999

 Article 1. Status of the Chamber of Control and Accounts of Volgograd region

1. The Chamber of Control and Accounts of Volgograd region (hereinafter - Chamber of Control and Accounts) is a permanent body of external state financial control, established by Volgograd Regional Duma (hereinafter - Regional Duma) and responsible to it.

2. The Chamber of Control and Accounts has the organizational and functional independence and operates independently.

3. The activities of the Chamber of Control and Accounts cannot be suspended, including in circumstances related to the early termination of powers of the Regional Duma.

4. The Chamber of Control and Accounts is a governmental body of Volgograd region, it has rights of a legal entity.

5. The Chamber of Control and Accounts has the official seal and letterheads with its name and coat of arms of Volgograd region.

6. The Chamber of Control and Accounts has the right of a legislative initiative in the Regional Duma.

 Article 2. Legal activity basis of the Chamber of Control and Accounts

1. The Chamber of Control and Accounts performs its activities on the basis of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Budget Code of the Russian Federation, Federal Law "About general principles of organization and activities of control and accounts bodies of the subjects of the Russian Federation and municipalities", other federal laws and regulations of the Russian Federation, the Charter (Governing Law) of Volgograd region, other laws and regulations of Volgograd region.

2. Laws and other normative legal acts of Volgograd region governing the organization and activities of the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall not contradict this Law.

Article 3. Principles of activities of the Chamber of Control and Accounts

Activities of the Chamber of Control and Accounts are based on the principles of lawfulness, fairness, efficiency, independence and transparency.

 Article 4. Structure of the Chamber of Control and Accounts

1. The Chamber of Control and Accounts consists of the Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Auditors and administration of the Chamber of Control and Accounts.

2. The Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts hold public posts in Volgograd region.

3. The term of the appointment of the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts is six years.

4. The administration of the Chamber of Control and Accounts includes inspectors and other on-staff employees. The inspectors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall be responsible for organizing and carrying out direct external state financial control within the competence of the Chamber.

5. The rights, duties and responsibilities of the employees of the administration of the Chamber of Control and Accounts are defined by the legislation of the Russian Federation, the present Law, legislation of Volgograd region, law about public civil service, labor legislation and other normative legal acts containing norms of labor law.

6. The Board of the Chamber of Control and Accounts is established in the Chamber of Control and Accounts; it examines the most important issues of activities of the Chamber of Control and Accounts, including planning and organization of its activities, methodology of control activities. The competence and operation procedures of the Board are determined by this Law and the Regulations of the Chamber of Control and Accounts.

The Board of the Chamber of Control and Accounts consists of the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts.

Deputies of the Regional Duma, members and representatives of the Government of Volgograd region may participate in meetings of the Board of the Chamber of Control and Accounts and have advisory votes.

7. The number of employees of the Chamber of Control and Accounts is established by a resolution of the Regional Duma according to a proposal of the Chairman of the Chamber of Control and Accounts.

8. The structure and staff schedule of the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall be approved by the Chairman of the Chamber of Control and Accounts within the established budget provisions for the Chamber of Control and Accounts.

9. The Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Auditors and employees of the administration of the Chamber of Control and Accounts have official employment certificates confirming their identity and powers.

The administration of the Chamber of Control and Accounts is responsible for producing of these employment certificates in accordance with the procedures established by the Chairman of the Chamber of Control and Accounts.

These employment certificates are signed and handed out by:

The Chairman of Volgograd Regional Duma – to the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Auditors of Chairman of the Chamber of Control and Accounts;

The Chairman of the Chamber of Control and Accounts – to employees of the administration of the Chamber of Control and Accounts.

 

Article 5. Procedures for appointment of the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts

1. The Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall be appointed by the Regional Duma.

2. Nominations for the post of the Chairman of the Chamber of Control and Accounts are proposed to the Regional Duma by:

1) The Chairman of the Regional Duma;

2) The deputies of the Regional Duma in the amount not less than one-third of the established number of deputies;

3) The Governor of Volgograd region.

3. Nominations for the post of the Chairman of the Chamber of Control and Accounts are proposed to the Regional Duma by persons listed in Part 2 of this Article not later than three months before the expiration of the powers of the Chairman of the Chamber of Control and Accounts.

4. Nominations for the posts of the Deputy Chairman and Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts are proposed to the Regional Duma by the Chairman of the Chamber of Control and Accounts not later than three months before the expiration of powers of the Deputy Chairman and Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts.

4.1. While making nominations for the posts of the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts to Volgograd Regional Duma nominees shall give their written consent for the processing of their personal data, prepared in any form.

5. Consideration procedures of nominees to the post of the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts are determined by the Regulations of the Regional Duma.

 Article 6. Requirements to nominees to the post of the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts

1. Citizens of the Russian Federation, who have higher education and work experience in state, municipal government, state, municipal control (audit), economics, finance, law at least five years, may be appointed to the post of the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts.

2. A Citizen of the Russian Federation cannot be appointed as the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts in following cases:

1) unexpunged or unspent conviction;

2) incapability or partially incapability recognized in accordance with a court decision entered into force;

3) refusal to underwent the procedure for admission to the information constituting a state or other secret protected by federal laws, if the duties of the post, which a citizen applies to related to the use of such information;

4) renunciation of the nationality of the Russian Federation or obtaining the nationality of a foreign state or a residence permit or other document confirming the right for the permanent residence of a citizen of the Russian Federation in the territory of a foreign state.

3. The Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall not be close relatives (parents, spouses, children, brothers, sisters, and brothers, sisters, spouses, parents and children of spouses) with the Chairman of the Regional Duma, the Governor of Volgograd region, with the heads of the judicial and law enforcement agencies located in the territory of Volgograd region.

4. The Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall not be engaged in other paid activities except teaching, scientific research or other creative activity. And these teaching, research and other creative activities shall not be financed solely by foreign states, international and foreign organizations, foreign citizens and stateless persons, unless otherwise stipulated by an international treaty of the Russian Federation or legislation of the Russian Federation.

5. The Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts as well as applicants to these posts are required to submit information about their income, assets and property obligations, as well as about the income, assets and property obligations of their spouses and minor children in accordance with the regulations of the Russian Federation and Volgograd region.

 Article 7. Warranty of the status of officials of the Chamber of Control and Accounts

1. The Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Auditors and inspectors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts are officials of the Chamber of Control and Accounts.

2. The influence of any form on officials of the Chamber of Control and Accounts in order to prevent them from exercising official authorities or to influence their decisions as well as acts of violence, insults, slander in respect to the officials of the Chamber of Control and Accounts, or dissemination of deliberately false information about their activities result in the liability established by the legislation of the Russian Federation and (or) the legislation of Volgograd region.

3. The officials of the Chamber of Control and Accounts are subject to the state protection in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation about the state protection of judges, officials of law enforcement and regulatory authorities and other regulatory legal acts of the Russian Federation.

4. The officials of the Chamber of Control and Accounts are guaranteed the professional independence.

5. The Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall be dismissed from their posts before the termination of their authorities under a decision of the Regional Duma in the following cases:

1) entry into force of a judgment of conviction against them;

2) recognition of their incapability or partial capability in accordance with a court decision;

3) renunciation of the nationality of the Russian Federation or obtaining the nationality of a foreign state or a residence permit or other document confirming the right for the permanent residence of a citizen of the Russian Federation in the territory of a foreign state;

4) written notice of resignation;

5) violations of the laws of the Russian Federation in implementation of their assigned official duties or abuse of office, if the majority of the established number of deputies of the Regional Duma votes for the early dismissal of such an official;

6) circumstances stipulated in parts 2 and 3 of Article 6 of this Law are detected.

 Article 8. Powers of the Chamber of Control and Accounts

1. The Chamber of Control and Accounts shall exercise the following powers:

1) supervision of the implementation of the regional budget and the budget of the territorial state extra-budgetary fund;

2) examination of the draft law on the regional budget and the draft law on the budget of the territorial state extra-budgetary funds;

3) external audit of the annual report on the implementation of regional budget and annual report on the implementation of the budget of the territorial state extra-budgetary fund;

4) organization and supervision of the legality, effectiveness (efficiency and economy) of the use of funds from the regional budget, the budget of the territorial state extra-budgetary funds and other sources provided by the legislation of the Russian Federation;

5) supervision of the compliance with the established management and disposition procedures of the property in the public ownership of Volgograd region, including those protected by results of intellectual activity and means of individualization, belonging to Volgograd region;

6) evaluation of the effectiveness of tax and other privileges and benefits, budget loans granted from the regional budget and assessment of the legality of provided state guarantees or ensuring of obligations fulfillment by other means of transactions of legal entities and individual persons at the expense of the regional budget and property in the public ownership of Volgograd region;

7) financial and economic expertise of draft laws of Volgograd region and regulations of state authorities of Volgograd region (including reasonability of financial and economic feasibility studies) in respect of the expenditure commitments of Volgograd region, as well as state programs of Volgograd region;

8) analysis of the budget process in Volgograd region and preparation of proposals for its improvement;

9) control over the legality, effectiveness (efficiency and economy) of the use of inter-budget transfers provided from the regional budget to the budgets of municipalities located in the territory of Volgograd region, as well as audit of local budgets in the cases established by the Budget Code of the Russian Federation;

10) preparation of the information about the implementation of the regional budget, the budget of the territorial state extra-budgetary funds, results of the control and expert-analytical activities and providing such information to the Regional Duma and the Governor of Volgograd region;

11) control over the progress and results of programs and plans aimed at development of Volgograd region;

12) monitoring of the implementation of the regional budget and the budget of the territorial state extra-budgetary funds;

13) analysis of the social-economic situation in Volgograd region;

14) verification of prices and tariffs calculations fixed by the state authorities of Volgograd region, which influence the size of subsidies and other payments to the population;

15) participation in anti-corruption activities to the extent of its powers;

16) other powers in the sphere of external state financial control established by the legislation of the Russian Federation and legislation of Volgograd region.

2. The external state financial control is exercised by the Chamber of Control and Accounts:

1) in respect to the state authorities and public authorities of Volgograd region, body of the territorial state extra-budgetary fund, local governments and municipal authorities, government agencies and unitary enterprises of Volgograd region, as well as other organizations, if they use the property which is in public ownership of Volgograd region ;

2) in respect to other organizations through the monitoring of compliance with the terms and conditions on which they have received grants, loans, guarantees from the regional budget in order to control the activities of the main managers (disposers) and the recipients of the funds from the regional budget, provided the said funds, in cases if the possibilities to audit the said organizations are stipulated in the contracts for granting of loans and guarantees from the regional budget.

 Article 9. Forms of the external state financial control performed by the Chamber of Control and Accounts

1. The external state financial control is performed by the Chamber of Control and Accounts in the form of control or expert-analytical activities.

2. During the control activities the Chamber of Control and Accounts prepares a corresponding statement(s) which is brought to the attention of the audited bodies and organizations. Basing on this statement (s) the Chamber of Control and Accounts makes a report.

3. During the expert-analytical activities the Chamber of Control and Accounts prepares a report or opinion.

 

Article 10. Standards of the external state and municipal financial control

1. The Chamber of Control and Accounts shall be governed by the Constitution of the Russian Federation, legislation of the Russian Federation, legislation of Volgograd region and standards of the external state financial control while performing the external state financial control.

2. The Chamber of Control and Accounts approves the standards of the external state financial control:

1) in respect to the public and state authorities of Volgograd region, territorial state extra-budgetary fund, local governments and municipal authorities, government agencies and unitary enterprises of Volgograd region in accordance with the general requirements approved by the Chamber of Accounts of the Russian Federation;

2) in respect to other organizations - in accordance with the general requirements established by the federal law.

3. While preparing the standards of the external state financial control international standards in the sphere of state control, auditing and financial reporting shall be taken into consideration.

4. The Chamber of Control and Accounts has the right to develop common requirements to the standards of the external municipal financial control for the control and accounts bodies of municipalities located in the territory of Volgograd region.

5. The standards of the external state financial control shall not contradict the legislation of the Russian Federation and legislation of Volgograd region.

Article 11. Planning of activities of the Chamber of Control and Accounts

1. Planning of activities of the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall be based on the results of control and expert-analytical activities, relying on the need for assurance of a comprehensive system of control over the implementation of the regional budget, in accordance with the instructions of the Regional Duma, proposals and requests of the Governor of Volgograd region and heads of municipalities.

2. Orders of the Regional Duma, suggestions and requests of the Governor of Volgograd region and the heads of municipalities to be included in the work plan of the Chamber of Control and Accounts for a next year shall be directed to the Chamber of Control and Accounts not later than the first of December of the year preceding the planned one; they are considered by the Board of the Chamber of Control and Accounts. The work plan of the Chamber of Control and Accounts for a next year shall be approved by the Board of the Chamber of Control and Accounts not later than on the thirtieth of December.

3. Orders of the Regional Duma, suggestions and requests of the Governor of Volgograd region and the heads of municipalities received to be included in the work plan of the Chamber of Control and Accounts during the year shall be considered at the next meeting of the Board of the Chamber of Control and Accounts.

 Article 12. Regulations of the Chamber of Control and Accounts

The content of the activities, functions and interactions of the structural units, the distribution of responsibilities between the Deputy Chairman and Auditors, procedures, development and performance of control and expert-analytical activities and other matters of the internal activities of the Chamber of Control and Accounts are determined by the Regulations of the Chamber of Control and Accounts, which are approved by the Board of the Chamber of Control and Accounts.

 Article 13. Powers of the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts in respect to organization of activities of the Chamber of Control and Accounts

1. The Chairman of the Chamber of Control and Accounts:

1) provides overall management of the Chamber of Control and Accounts;

2) approves the work plans of the Chamber of Control and Accounts;

3) approves the annual report of activities of the Chamber of Control and Accounts;

4) approves standards for the external state financial control;

5) approves the results of the control and expert-analytical activities of the Chamber of Control and Accounts;

6) signs recommendations and orders of the Chamber of Control and Accounts;

7) submits the annual report on the activities of the Chamber of Control and Accounts, the results of control and expert-analytical activities to the Regional Duma and the Governor of Volgograd region;

8) represents the Chamber of Control and Accounts in its relations with state authorities of the Russian Federation, authorities of Volgograd region and municipal authorities of Volgograd region, supervisory bodies of foreign countries, international and other organizations;

9) approves regulations about structural subdivisions and position descriptions for employees of the Chamber of Control and Accounts;

10) exercises the powers of the employer’s representative in accordance with the laws of the public civil service, powers to hire and dismiss employees who are not public civil officers.

2. The Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Control and Accounts perform duties in accordance with the Regulations of the Chamber of Control and Accounts, in the absence of the Chairman of the Chamber of Control and Accounts the Deputy Chairman performs his duties.

3. The Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts govern activities of the Chamber of Control and Accounts, they govern control and expert-analytical activities.

The Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts within their competence established by the Regulations of the Chamber of Control and Accounts are responsible for organization of activities in the departments which they head and are responsible for their results.

 Article 14. Competence of the Board of the Chamber of Control and Accounts

1. The Board of the Chamber of Control and Accounts considers the following issues at its meetings:

Annual report about the activities of the Chamber of Control and Accounts;

Draft work plans of the Chamber of Control and Accounts;

Standards of external state financial control, guidelines for the control activities;

Changes in the structure and staff schedule of the Chamber of Control and Accounts;

Results of control and expert-analytical activities;

Direction of the recommendations and orders of the Chamber of Control and Accounts;

Other issues stipulated by the Regulations of the Chamber of Control and Accounts.

2. The exclusive competence of the Board of the Chamber of Control and Accounts includes:

1) consideration of the draft work plan of the Chamber of Control and Accounts for the next year, consideration of proposals to amend the work plan of the Chamber of Control and Accounts during the current year;

2) cancellation of recommendations and orders of the Chamber of Control and Accounts;

3) approval of the Regulations of the Chamber of Control and Accounts.

 Article 15. Binding nature of requirements of officials of the Chamber of Control and Accounts

1. Claims and requests of officials of the Chamber of Control and Accounts connected with the exercise of their official duties stipulated by the legislation of the Russian Federation and laws of Volgograd region are binding for public and state authorities of Volgograd region, body of the territorial state extra-budgetary fund, local governments and municipal authorities, organizations, in respect of which the external state financial control is performed (hereinafter referred to as the audited bodies and organizations).

2. Failure to comply with legal requirements and requests of the officials of the Chamber of Control and Accounts as well as prevention from their official duties result in liabilities established by the legislation of the Russian Federation and legislation of Volgograd region.

 Article 16. Rights, duties and responsibilities of officials of the Chamber of Control and Accounts

1. Officials of the Chamber of Control and Accounts while performing their official duties shall be entitled to:

1) freely enter the territory and premises occupied by the audited bodies and organizations, have access to their documents and materials, as well as to inspect their territories and premises;

2) in the case of forgery, fraud, embezzlement, abuse, and if it is necessary to prevent these illegal acts to seal cash registers, cashier’s offices and office premises, warehouses and archives of audited bodies and organizations, seize documents and materials subject to the limitations established by the legislation of the Russian Federation. Sealing of cash registers, cashier’s offices and office premises, warehouses and archives, seizure of documents and materials shall be subject to the presence of authorized officials of audited bodies and organizations and execution of relevant reports;

3) within its competence direct inquiries to officials of the territorial bodies of federal executive authorities and their departments, state authorities of Volgograd region and public authorities of Volgograd region, body of the territorial state extra-budgetary fund, local government and municipal authorities and organizations;

4) within its jurisdiction require the managers and other officials of the audited bodies and organizations to submit written explanations of violations identified during audits and inspections, as well as the necessary copies of documents certified in the prescribed manner;

5) draw up reports on the facts of failure to submit or untimely submission of documents and materials requested during the audits by officials of the audited bodies and organizations,

6) within its competence study all necessary documents relating to financial and business operations of audited bodies and organizations, including documents containing state, official, commercial and other secrets protected by the law in the prescribed manner;

7) study the information relating to financial and business operations of audited bodies and organizations, which is stored in electronic form in databases of audited bodies and organizations, including documents containing state, official, commercial and other secrets protected by the law in the prescribed manner;

8) study the technical documentation for the electronic databases;

9) draw up statements about administrative offenses, if such right is provided by the legislation of the Russian Federation.

2. Officials of the Chamber of Control and Accounts while sealing cash registers, cashier’s offices and office premises, warehouses and archives, seizing documents and materials in cases stipulated by paragraph 2 of Part 1 of this Article shall promptly (within 24 hours) notify the Chairman of the Chamber of Control and Accounts according to the attached form.

3. Officials of the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall not be entitled to interfere in the operational and economic activities of audited bodies and organizations, as well as to disclose information obtained during audits, and to publicize their findings until the completion of audits and drafting relevant statements and reports.

4. Officials of the Chamber of Control and Accounts are required to keep state, official, commercial and other secrets protected by the law, which they have known during the control and expert-analytical activities in audited bodies and organizations, to perform the control and expert-analytical activities, reflect the results in the relevant statements, reports and opinions fairly and without the prejudice.

5. Officials of the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall be liable in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation for the accuracy and objectivity of the results of the control and expert-analytical activities, as well as for the disclosure of state and other secrets protected by the law.

6. In accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation officials of the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall be subject to disciplinary actions up to dismissal for unauthorized public disclosure of the final or intermediate results of the control and expert-analytical activities performed by the Chamber of Control and Accounts or with its participation.

7. The Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall be entitled to participate in the meetings of the Regional Duma, its committees, commissions and working groups, meetings of the Government of Volgograd region, and other executive agencies of Volgograd region, as well as in meetings of coordinating and advisory bodies under the Governor of Volgograd region.

 Article 17. Provision of information to the Chamber of Control and Accounts

1. Audited bodies and organizations are required to provide the information under the requests of the Chamber of Control and Accounts, which is necessary for its activities.

2. In accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation the state authorities of Volgograd region and public authorities of Volgograd region, regulatory bodies of the state extra-budgetary funds, local governments and municipal authorities, organizations regarding which the Chamber of Control and Accounts within its competence is entitled to perform the external state financial control, their officials, as well as federal executive authorities and their structural units, located on the territory of Volgograd region are required to provide the information, documents and materials necessary to perform the control and expert-analytical activities by the Chamber of Control and Accounts within the period specified in the requests, but not longer than in 14 days.

3. During the control activities performed by the Chamber of Control and Accounts audited bodies and organizations shall ensure the access of the officials of the Chamber of Control and Accounts to management and other reports and documents, documents related to setting and implementation of the regional budget, budget of the Territorial Compulsory Health Insurance Fund of Volgograd region, local budget, using the property of Volgograd region, municipal property, information systems used by audited organizations and technical documentation for them, as well as other documents necessary for the performance by the Chamber of Control and Accounts of its powers.

Under the decision of an official of the Chamber of Control and Accounts copies of documents and materials examined during the audit shall be certified by an authorized official of an audited organization and attached to the audit report, stored in the Chamber of Control and Accounts.

4. The legislative acts of the Governor of Volgograd region and the Government of Volgograd region, as well as the decisions of the executive authorities of Volgograd region concerning the establishment, reorganization or liquidation of state budgetary organizations and unitary enterprises of Volgograd region, changing the number of shares and participatory interests of Volgograd region in the authorized capital of companies, conclusion of contracts on management of budget funds and other objects of Volgograd region property shall be submitted to the Chamber of Control and Accounts during 10 working days after their adoption.

5. The Ministry of Finance of Volgograd region shall submit the budget statements of Volgograd region, approved consolidated budget profile, cash budget and amendments thereto to the Chamber of Control and Accounts.

6. Chief administrators of Volgograd region budget funds shall submit the budget summary reporting to the Chamber of Control and Accounts.

7. Executive authorities of Volgograd region shall annually submit to the Chamber of Control and Accounts audit reports and opinions of auditing organizations based on the audits results in state unitary enterprises, institutions, and joint-stock companies with the share of Volgograd region at least 50 percent, within 30 days from the date of their signing.

8. Failure to submit or untimely submission of the information, documents and materials required for the control and expert-analytical activities, as well as providing incomplete information, documents and materials or providing of false information, documents and materials to the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall involve the responsibility established by the legislation of the Russian Federation and laws of Volgograd region.

 Article 18. Recommendations and orders of the Chamber of Control and Accounts

1. The Chamber of Control and Accounts in accordance with the results of the control activities shall be entitled to make recommendations for the state authorities of Volgograd region and public authorities of Volgograd region, local governments and municipal authorities, organizations and their officials, these recommendations are intended to consideration and taking measures to eliminate identified violations and faults, to prevent financial losses of Volgograd region and municipal entities, or to compensate losses, to hold liable those officials who found responsible for violation, as well as to take measures to prevent, eliminate and anticipate violations.

2. Recommendations of the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall be signed by the Chairman of the Chamber of Control and Accounts or his Deputy.

3. The state authorities of Volgograd region and public authorities of Volgograd region, local governments and municipal authorities, as well as other organizations within one month after the date of the recommendation receipt are required to notify in writing the Chamber of Control and Accounts about the measures and decisions made after consideration of the recommendations.

4. If identified violations require immediate measures to assure performance of control activities by officials of the Chamber of Control and Accounts, the latter shall send orders to the state and public authorities of Volgograd region, local governments and municipal authorities, audited bodies and organizations and their officials.

5. Orders of the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall indicate the specific violations and the specific reasons for such orders.

6. Orders of the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall be signed by the Chairman of the Chamber of Control and Accounts or his Deputy.

7. Orders of the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall be executed within the terms specified therein.

8. Failure to execute or improper execution in the specified period of the orders of the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall involve the liability under the legislation of the Russian Federation about administrative violations.

9. If during the control activities the illegal use of the regional budget, local budget and the budget of the Territorial Compulsory Health Insurance Fund of Volgograd region are identified, where signs of a crime or corruption offenses appear, the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall immediately forward the materials to law enforcement authorities.

 Article 19. Right guarantees of audited bodies and organizations

1. Statements made by the Chamber of Control and Accounts during the control activities shall be brought to the attention of the audited bodies and organizations. Explanatory notes and remarks of the heads of audited bodies and organizations provided within five working days after the receipt of the statement shall be attached to the it and became an integral part thereof.

2. Audited bodies and organizations and their officials shall have the right to appeal against actions (inaction) of the Chamber of Control and Accounts to the Regional Duma.

 

Article 20. Interaction of the Chamber of Control and Accounts with state and municipal authorities

1. The Chamber of Control and Accounts shall be entitled to communicate with the executive authorities of Volgograd region, territorial departments of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, territorial authorities of the Federal Treasury, tax authorities, prosecutors, other law enforcement, supervisory and regulatory bodies of the Russian Federation and subjects of the Russian Federation, conclude cooperation agreements with them, share results of the control and expert-analytical activities, normative and methodological materials.

2. The Chamber of Control and Accounts shall be entitled to interact with control and accounts authorities of other subjects of the Russian Federation, control and accounts authorities of municipalities of Volgograd region, with the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, to conclude cooperation and collaboration agreements with them, to join unions (associations) of control and accounts authorities of the Russian Federation, unions (association) of control and accounts authorities of Volgograd region.

3. In order to coordinate its activities the Chamber of Control and Accounts and other state bodies of Volgograd region shall be entitled to establish both temporary and permanent joint coordinating, advisory, consultative and other bodies.

4. The Chamber of Control and Accounts shall have the right to establish and maintain communications with chambers of control and accounts and parliamentary supervision bodies of subjects of foreign federal states, as well as their administrative-territorial units and international associations, and conclude cooperation and collaboration agreements with them, to enter these international association of financial control bodies.

5. Under the written request of control and accounts authorities of other subjects of the Russian Federation the Chamber of Control and Accounts may participate in their control and expert-analytical activities.

6. The Chamber of Control and Accounts may engage auditing organizations and specialist on a contract basis in its control and expert-analytical activities.

7. The Chamber of Control and Accounts shall be entitled to:

1) Organize the interaction with the control and accounts authorities of municipalities, including performance of joint control and expert-analytical activities in the territories of these municipalities;

2) Render organizational, legal, informational, methodological and other assistance to control and accounts authorities of municipalities;

3) Promote training, retraining and skills development of employees of control and accounts authorities of municipalities;

4) Together with control and accounts authorities of municipalities plan and organize joint control and expert-analytical activities;

5) Under requests of control and accounts authorities of municipalities or representative bodies of municipalities analyze activities of control and accounts authorities of municipalities and make recommendations to improve the efficiency of their work.

 Article 21. Providing access to the information about the activities of the Chamber of Control and Accounts

1. To provide the access to the information about its activities the Chamber of Control and Accounts makes available on its official website in the information and telecommunications network "Internet" (hereinafter - network "Internet") and publishes in its official publications or other mass media the information about performed control and expert-analytical activities, violations identified during such audits, recommendations and orders, as well as taken measures and decisions made.

2. The Chamber of Control and Accounts shall annually report about its activities to the Regional Duma, and after consideration by the Regional Duma this annual report is published in the mass media or posted in the network "Internet".

3. Publication in the mass media and posting in "Internet" of the information about the activities of the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall be in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation, laws of Volgograd region and Regulations of the Chamber of Control and Accounts.

 Article 22. Financial support of the Chamber of Control and Accounts

1. Activities of the Chamber of Control and Accounts are financed from the regional budget. Financing of activities of the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall be in the volume which allows exercising its powers.

2. Expenditures on activities of the Chamber of Control and Accounts are provided separately in the regional budget in accordance with the classification of budget expenditures of the Russian Federation.

3. Supervision of the budget funds and state property use by the Chamber of Control and Accounts shall be based on the resolutions of the Regional Duma.

 Article 23. Financial and social assistance to the employees of the Chamber of Control and Accounts

1. The remunerations of the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Auditors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts are determined in accordance with the Law of Volgograd region "About the monetary remuneration of the Head of Administration of Volgograd region, and persons holding public posts in Volgograd region" No. 1115-ОД dated November 10, 2005.

2. The remunerations of the employees of the administration of the Chamber of Control and Accounts holding public civil posts in Volgograd region are determined in accordance with the Law of Volgograd region "About salaries of public civil officers of Volgograd region" No. 1114-ОД dated November 10, 2005.

The salaries of public civil officers of Volgograd region in the administration of the Chamber of Control and Accounts are fixed at the level of salaries of public civil officers, holding the relevant public posts of the civil service of Volgograd region in the administration of the Regional Duma.

3. Inspectors of the Chamber of Control and Accounts are paid in addition to the basic salary in the amount of 20% of the salary.

4. Remuneration of the employees holding posts in the administration of the Chamber of Control and Accounts which are not classified as posts of the public civil service of Volgograd region, is made in the amounts established for the relevant employees of the Regional Duma.

5. The employees of the Chamber of Control and Accounts are guaranteed state protection, including compulsory life and health insurance from the regional budget.

 
 
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