Cabinet Secretary on Unqualified Opinion: Cabinet Secretariat Manages its Finance Well
Receiving Unqualified Opinion (WTP), the highest audit rating, from the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) nine times in a row, Cabinet Secretariat has managed its finance well, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said.
“Under the supervision of ladies and gentlemen, for nine years, Cabinet Secretariat has always received Unqualified Opinion, meaning that its financial management has been going well,” said the Cabinet Secretary in a working meeting and hearing with Commission II of the House of Representatives in Jakarta, Monday (20/09).
On the occasion, the Cabinet Secretary also explained the realization of the Secretariat’s budget which reached 92.29 percent. “The total budget of the 2020 Revised State Budget [of the Cabinet Secretariat] is Rp250 billion. The realization is Rp231 billion while the remaining budget is Rp19 billion. This means that the percentage is 92.29 percent,” he said.
Regarding the realization of the 2021 budget, the Cabinet Secretary revealed that the Cabinet Secretariat had made four times of savings, from the initial ceiling of Rp339.76 billion to Rp297.69 billion.
The total realization until 10 September 2021 reached Rp183.61 billion or 61.69 percent. The budget is utilized to implement two programs, namely the Cabinet Management Support Program for President and Vice President in the Administration of Government and the Cabinet Secretariat Management Support and Other Technical Implementation Program.
He expressed belief that the realization of the 2021 budget will be more or less the same as that of last year, approximately 92-93 percent.
During the meeting, the Cabinet Secretary also proposed an additional budget of Rp39.96 billion for 2022. The additional budget will, among others, be allocated for the activities of the Special Millennial Staff of the President as a follow-up plan to the directives of the President, the integration of the Cabinet Meeting Information System or e-cabinet, procurement of equipment for holding Cabinet meetings, and preparation of presidential manuscripts and translation.
He expressed hope that the additional budget proposal will be approved.
Meanwhile, the Commission II of the House, as stated by Chairperson of the Commission II Ahmad Doli Kurnia Tandjung, approved the Cabinet Secretariat’s budget ceiling of Rp326.32 billion to be set as the Budget Allocation Ceiling (Definitive Ceiling) of the Cabinet Secretariat for 2022, with the budget allocation for the Cabinet Management Support Program of Rp288.86 billion and the President and Vice President’s Service Delivery Program of Rp37.45 billion.
In addition, Commission II also approved the proposed additional budget of Rp39.96 billion and asked the House’s Budget Board to fulfill the proposed additional budget as well as add it to the Budget Allocation Ceiling (Definitive Ceiling) of the Cabinet Secretariat for 2022 through the deliberation in the Budget Board. (RF/UN) (FI/MMB)