TARGET GROUP | Officials from federal ministries of finance and economy, and other government agencies, who are actively involved in the implementation of public financial management and administrative reforms.
DESCRIPTION | This one-week course covers recent administrative reforms in Austria, many of which are also on the policy agenda in other countries. The course offers a practitioner’s perspective, and participants are expected to have knowledge of fiscal policy and experience with the implementation of public financial management and administrative reforms in their countries. Top officials from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance, the Parliamentary Budget Office, the Federal Computing Agency, the Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sports, and the IMF will share their experience and discuss administrative reforms in Austria and at the European Union or international level.
The main aspects of public financial management reforms covered in the course include the reform of tax and customs administration, intergovernmental fiscal relations, eGovernment, fiscal governance, spending reviews, budget management and reform, and performance budgeting. Lecturers will explain the underlying reasons for reform, its essential elements, and lessons learnt, including recent evaluations.
The course provides an opportunity to discuss concrete reform measures and to share experiences with the implementation of reforms, key challenges, and the factors for success. Participants are expected to engage in discussions and may be asked to give short presentations on their countries’ experience with public financial management and administrative reforms.