Public Financial Management and Administrative Reforms

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 should 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 Federal Chancellery, and the Parliamentary Budget Office will share their experience and discuss issues of administrative reform 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, administrative burden reduction, intergovernmental fiscal relations, eGovernment, procurement, fiscal governance, risk and compliance management, spending reviews, budget management and reform, and performance budgeting management. Lecturers will explain the underlying reasons for reform, its essential elements, and the success factors, including recent evaluations. Particular attention is paid to the implementation of performance budgeting.