Lindenstrauss weighing measures against Treasury

State Comptroller threatens legal action over Treasury's refusal to hand over documents relating to the state budget.

December 29, 2011 03:08
1 minute read.
State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss

311_Micha Lindenstrauss. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss threatened to take legal action over Treasury officials’ refusal to hand over documents relating to the state budget.

Lindenstrauss, whose office is currently auditing the Treasury’s budget-setting procedures, said Treasury officials are continuing to create difficulties by refusing to hand over the documents, which are required to complete the audit.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

The state comptroller described the Treasury’s refusal to comply with his office as “extremely serious.”

“Nobody can dictate to us what we can and cannot audit,” Lindenstrauss said.

Speaking at the Institute of Internal Auditors’ meeting in Tel Aviv, Lindenstrauss noted he is currently weighing whether to exercise his office’s legal authority to formally instruct the Treasury to report to him with the material required for the audit.

The state comptroller referred to the Basic Law: The state comptroller, which stipulates that all government bodies subject to audit will immediately upon request provide the state comptroller with any information deemed necessary for that audit.

Lindenstrauss said that under the law, his office can appoint a commission of enquiry in certain circumstances, whose powers include ordering the Treasury to report to him.

The Treasury told The Jerusalem Post it did not have any comment about Lindenstrauss’s remarks.

Former finance minister MK Ronnie Bar-On (Kadima) said in response to Lindenstrauss’s remarks that the Treasury was guilty of “unparalleled chutzpah” because it had accused the Defense Ministry of not being transparent about its budget.

“How can they whine about that and on the other hand not be transparent before the state comptroller?” Bar-On said. “There is not and must not be anything in Israeli public life, and especially not in the depths of government, that is not visible to the state comptroller.”

Related Content

August 31, 2014
Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night