Tatyana Golikova: The federal budget is able to maintain priority destinations of government spendings

Tatyana Golikova, the Chairwoman of the Accounts Chamber, took part in the meeting of the Council for Strategic Development and Priority Projects under President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

She declared that the federal budget has internal reserves to maintain priority destinations of government spendings. According to Tatyana Golikova, government priorities should be determined based on the relevant social and economic problems of Russia: “We discussed this issue in details with Dmitry Anatolyevich (Medvedev, the Chairman of the Government of Russia - note) and my colleague Anton Germanovich (Siluanov, the Minister of Finance of Russia - note) and agreed that we have all opportunities to re-orient a number of expenditure items in 2017 to build-in the priorities really relevant for our country and its population.”

The Head of the control agency cited several examples of inefficient budget spending. She mentioned that 103 billion rubles is spent annually to create information systems for federal executive authorities, while annual additional expenditure on their maintenance amount to another 90 billion rubles. “If we look into what we have already created, we will see that 339 government information systems have already been created. If we consider the way they function - whether they contain online information or not - unfortunately we will see rather sad results. Not only have we spent money on the creation of information systems, but we are still spending money on their maintenance”, the Chairwoman of the Accounts Chamber said.

Another example, according to Tatyana Golikova, is related to the process of reorganization of state unitary enterprises, which is to have been completed by January 1, 2018. “Federal executive authorities choose the easiest way, when these enterprises are converted into federal budgetary institutions, public institutions, autonomous institutions, thus, we are forced to spend on them our financial resources which are scarce enough as it is. Besides, in a number of cases it is not clear what functions such state unitary enterprises perform,” she noted. The Chairwoman of the Accounts Chamber added that the federal budget administers 8,884 various types of budgetary institutions with their branches. Besides, the functions of a significant number of such institutions do not correspond to the state functions. “However, we set government targets for them, we assign appropriate budgetary spendings for them. Such an institution costs from 250 to 320 million rubles,” Tatyana Golikova said.

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