Elmer B. Staats Award


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The Elmer B. Staats International Journal Award is meant to encourage excellence in the writing of articles for the International Journal of Government Auditing. The award also commemorates the important contribution made to the Journal by Dr. Elmer B. Staats, former Comptroller General of the United States and former chairman of the Journal’s Board of Editors.


At each International Congress of Supreme Audit Organizations (INCOSAI), the Journal presents the Staats Award to the author of the best article published by the Journal over the previous three years. If the author is unable to attend, the head of the delegation from the winning author’s country accepts the award and is then expected to make an appropriate presentation upon returning home.

The Terms of Reference for the Staats Award were established by the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) Governing Board in 1982, and amended in 1994 and 2012. These terms of reference are to be reviewed and confirmed every six years to ensure they remain relevant and effective.The next re-approval is scheduled to take place in 2018.

Members of the Board of Editors and Associate Editors of the Journal judge the articles. Judges examine eligible articles, select those they consider most worthy and rank them according to the following five criteria: originality and contribution to knowledge; evidence of research; imaginative treatment; literary merit; and subject matter.

Board of Editors: SAIs of Austria, Canada, Tunisia, United States of America and Venezuela.

Associate Editors: General Secretariats of AFROSAI, ARABOSAI, ASOSAI, CAROSAI, EUROSAI, OLACEFS and PASAI.

The results of the final assessment, according to the five stated criteria, are tabulated by the Journal’s editor.

The identity of the winner is sealed until the award ceremony at INCOSAI.

PAST WINNERS

2013—China

2010—Netherlands

2007—Canada

2004—Tunisia

2001—Iceland

1998—Nepal

1995—Germany

1992—Tie Between Pakistan and United Kingdom

1989—Canada

1986—Philippines

1983—Israel