Brazil’s Corruption Czar Uses Fine-Tooth Comb

    Among the various lotteries in Brazil (and there are many) is one that does not pay out prizes; it selects muncipalities that are to be closely inspected by the country’s equivalent of the US General Accounting Office (GAO).

    Brazil’s “Controladoria Geral da União” (CGU) [General Comptroller of the Union – in a literal translation] is run by minister of Control and Transparency, Waldir Pires.


    “Our activities have definitely had a positive effect on the relationship between the public and the government. We are promoting a revolution in the citizen’s perception of how public money should be used.


    “One thing is for sure: spending taxpayer money has to be an open, transparent process. No secrets,” declared Pires in a TV Nacional (Radiobras) interview this week.


    In November the CGU inaugurated an internet “Transparency Portal” – http://www.portaltransparencia.gov.br/Portal.asp, – which makes budgetary information available to the public. It’s the Portal da Transparência, which is directly subordinated to Brazil’s presidency.


    “The spending of public monies is not just something government officials and their agencies do. Citizens need to participate and should be aware of what is being done with their money,” said Pires.


    The minister explained that municipalities selected in the lottery for inspection get the fine-tooth comb treatment: not just a look at documents, but a close look at where the money is supposed to have been used.


    “We have to go beyond a look at the books and receipts. We need to see if work that was paid for with taxpayer money really got done,” he concluded.


    Translation: Allen Bennett
    Agência Brasil

    Tags:

    • Show Comments (1)

    • Guest

      I really wish you make your print bigger. It is very hard for older people like me to read.

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    comment *

    • name *

    • email *

    • website *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Ads

    You May Also Like

    Farmer in the Amazon

    Stop Treating Brazil as a Colony in Need of Civilization Lessons!

    Legend has it that, while surrounding Madrid with his troops during the Spanish Civil ...

    US Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez

    US’s Latest Effort to Break Brazil’s Trade Barriers

    US Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez arrived today, October 8, in Uruguay as part ...

    Foreigners Don’t Pay Capital Gain Taxes on Brazil’s Bonds Anymore

    Latin American stocks advanced, with Brazilian shares getting a boost from some encouraging earnings ...

    Brazil Says It Was Never Interested in Bolivia and Was Urged to Invest There

    Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim emphasized Sunday that Venezuela’s membership and the current pulp ...

    Favela in Rio, part of the Alemão complex

    Brazil to Spend US$ 1.7 Billion to Help Over 1 Million in Rio’s Slums

    The Brazilian government will spend US$ 1.7 billion to bring running water and other ...

    Globo's Cordel Encantado

    Arab Word Under the Spell of Brazil’s Soap Operas

    Soap opera “Cordel Encantado” (Enchanted Chapbook) was not only successful in Brazil. Broadcast by ...

    Brazil Accuses EU of Moving Backwards on WTO Agreement

    In a press conference Tuesday, January 24, Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Relations, Celso Amorim, ...