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New institutions, updates and evaluations - Shmulik Hizkiya, Israel

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This presentation was made by Shmulik Hizkiya, Israel, at the 9th Annual Meeting of the OECD network of Parliamentary Budget Officials and Independent Fiscal Institutions held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 6-7 April 2017.

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New institutions, updates and evaluations - Shmulik Hizkiya, Israel

  1. 1. Review of the Budget Control Department 9th Annual Meeting of OECD Parliamentary Budget Officials and Independent Fiscal Institutions Edinburgh, 6-7 April 2017 Mr. Shmulik Hizkiya, Head of Information Division & Chief Knowledge Officer Mr. Eliezer Schwartz, Senior Economist, Budget Control Department The Information Division
  2. 2. The Department of Budget Control - Background • Established in 2007, as part of The Research and Information Center • Its mandate is based on the Establishment Declaration by the Speaker of the Knesset, approved by The House Committee (November 2007) • Its formal mandate was given for cost estimates of private laws, set in the Knesset's “Rules of Procedures” The Information Division
  3. 3. The Department of Budget Control The Department provides a variety of services - working papers, as well as advising and giving presentations. The services are provided at the request of MPs and Committees. Total Number of Documents Type of Documents 58%60Budgetary analyses 23%24Economic reviews 8%8Cost estimates 11%11Other 100%103Total The Information Division
  4. 4. Review Process - 2016 This review conducted by Mr. Yarom Ariav, former Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Finance, focused on the following issues: a) The needs of the MPs & Committees for economic and budgetary research and information. b) Examination of the work approaches and procedures. The Information Division
  5. 5. Review Process - 2016 • Meetings with Chairman of the Finance Committee and Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee. • Meetings with professional and administrative Knesset employees to gain their perspectives. • Implementation team reviewed the report. The Information Division
  6. 6. Main Insights • High professional satisfaction from the Department. • The budget control department considered very influential institution. • The Department is a responsive unit (Passive prioritizing process) without detailed annual work plan. • Budget analysis is performed mainly during the budget approval process. The Information Division
  7. 7. General Aims • Adopt the OECD's Principles for Independent Fiscal Institutions (2014) as the preferred guidelines for reaching and assessing the following goals. • Positioning our Budget Control Department as an independent entity and a leader in the Knesset's process of monitoring the budgetary aspect of the Government’s work. The Information Division
  8. 8. Main Recommendations • Providing Budget Analysis based on an annual work-plan. • A more proactive approach in regard the Department professional activity. The Information Division
  9. 9. Additional Recommendations • Increasing the Department’s staff with an additional three researchers to ten researchers. • Better prioritizing and filtering of requests. • Appointing a Coordinator in the Finance Committee who will serve as the point of contact with the Budget Control Department. • Appoint a Chief Economist. The Information Division
  10. 10. Framework for Implementation Adopting recommendations requires improving effectiveness and efficiency: • Improve efficiency in Information & Knowledge Management • Increase effectiveness by Proactive Budgetary Control • Strengthen collaboration with counterparts The Information Division
  11. 11. Knowledge Managment • Increase diversity of professional economic background and experience of the researchers. • Increase teamwork between economists and multidisciplinary researchers from other Research and Information sections. • Develop and maintain expertise in different research fields. The Information Division
  12. 12. Knowledge Managment • Identify common issues across ministries. • Appoint researchers in accordance with clusters of ministries. • Develop methods for managing the accumulated knowledge in the Department. The Information Division
  13. 13. Proactive Budgetary Control • Ongoing monitoring of government decisions and broad government plans, and their respective budgetary implications. • Analyzing long-term implications of the Government policy. The Information Division
  14. 14. Proactive Budgetary Control • Initiate and conduct budgetary analysis on various subjects such as: allocation of budgetary reserves, budgetary surpluses, long- term budgetary commitments. Information Management 1. Access to the Finance Ministry’s information system. 2. Develop one of our own information system to monitor long-term process. The Information Division
  15. 15. To Sum Up During the implementation process, we performed a gap analysis to examine the recommendations against the many constraints in the field. We assume that a viable annual work plan would help in taking a proactive approach—and even an approach based on the management of information and knowledge—to minimizing these gaps. If such an approach is adopted, we believe it is possible to implement most of the report’s recommendations. The Information Division
  16. 16. Thank you The Information Division

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