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What is an accounting officer?

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According to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, an accounting officer signs off on the annual accounts of a government body. An accounting officer is usually appointed by the top authority of the accounting officer’s government and then by the secondary legislation.

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What is an accounting officer?
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The Public Procurement Disposal of Public Assets Authority details an accounting officers duties as: ensuring that funds are spent efficiently, being responsible for the overall procurement of funds, ensuring that all demands of a signed contract are met and investigating any contractual complaints. Accounting officers are used in countries with parliamentary democracies, such as Ireland and Uganda.

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