Li said in many countries, details of national budgets were available in
bookstores. They showed how much money was allocated to every department and for
He said the office would again name central government departments with
fiscal transgressions in a report to a national legislature session next year.
This appeared to quash speculation that the office will stop mentioning names
for fear of offending too many people.
The office had focused on irregularities in central government department
budgets because of their exemplary role, said Li.
"If they fail to act according to law, how can they demand local authorities
abide by the law," said Li.
The practice of announcing the irregularities, known as an "audit storm", has
proved effective in promoting image-conscious government departments to mend
However, Li said government departments would be given more than a month to
conduct self-examinations before this year's audit.
"If they find and correct problems themselves, we will not write them down in
our audit reports," said Li.
The ultimate purpose of the audit was to "solve problems", he said, adding
the auditors hoped to identify fewer problems because the audit was so costly.
Better internal management and legal propriety would save auditors a lot of
Li said the "audit storm" of the recent years had born results. The overall
budget management of central government departments had been improving each
"It's possible that after a few more years, central government departments
will be disentangled from major irregularities in general," he