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The Barbados Audit Office was established in 1855 under the Act for Better Auditing and Inspecting of Public Accounts. The Office of the Auditor General exists to serve the Legislative Assembly and the people of Barbados. In 1998 the Primary Legislation that governs the Office, the Financial Administration & Audit act, was amended to give the Auditor General the power to conduct Value for Money Audits. In April 2007 this act was replaced with the Financial Management & Audit Act. Under the Barbados Constitution the Auditor General is the auditor of all government ministries, departments, funds and government controlled entities. The mandate of the Auditor General is to examine and provide independent reporting to the Parliament on government's management of, and accountability practices for, the public resources entrusted to it.