The WGITA was created at the XIII INCOSAI in Berlin in 1989 to address SAI’s interests in the area of IT Audit. SAIs of 39 countries represents the Working Group as of March 2013.
The WGITA fulfils its mission and mandate by implementing the triennial work plan which consists of the various goals and projects. Projects are selected after reviewing the needs of SAIs and the deliverables range from best practice guides to website related information and other audit material. It is the dedication and effort of individual SAIs, who leads and support projects as project leaders and members that make the WGITA work.
WGITA coordinates with Regional Working Groups as they provide members with opportunity of professional and technical cooperation on regional bodies. WGITA also works closely with INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI), the training arm of INTOSAI, to coordinate its activities and prevent duplication of efforts.
The WGITA holds annual meetings where members present the status of ongoing projects and discuss and decide future projects. In addition, the WGITA holds in conjunction with its annual meeting a triennial IT Audit seminar using a theme that is current and relevant to most members.
The mission of the Working Group on Information Technology Audit (WGITA) is to support SAIs in developing their knowledge and skills in the use of information technology related audits by providing information and facilities for exchange of experiences, sharing best practices, and encouraging bilateral and regional cooperation among Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs).
The Working Group's objectives include:
- Supporting and promoting the development and transfer of knowledge;
- Publishing and IT Audit Directory on the basis of members' contributions;
- Promoting discussion, development and dissemination of standards and guidelines among the members, and encouraging bilateral and regional cooperation and exchange of experiences;
- Promoting local and regional training activities for auditors and audit directors;
- Assisting individual SAIs to locate expertise within the member countries for bilateral exchange.