Brazil: “Federal Beancounter Signs Quango and Gongo Oversight Pact”


“Investigation of Jack Abramoff’s Use of Tax-Exempt Organizations”

The Brazilian Ministério da Justiça is an interesting news beat these days.

Thought scarcely covered at all in the press, a congressional commission of inquiry (CPI) is currently underway here known as the CPI of the NGOs.

The short version: The Brazilian Congress says it wants to know if the laws need to be revised in order to more effectively inhibit cases of waste, fraud and abuse perpetrated by means of gabbling Jack Abramoffery.

Which is interesting, because I believe our gringo Congress, and the IRS, are also starting to look hard at “innovative, faith-based” non-profits as a possible breeding ground for “faith-based” transparency and public accountability.

Translation: “We do not have to show you our books. Just take it on faith that we are on the up and up. We are, after all,  God’s elect! Would we lie to you?”

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Brasília, 10/12/07 (MJ) – O Ministério da Justiça e a Controladoria-Geral da União (CGU) firmaram convênio nesta segunda-feira (10) para o intercâmbio de informações sobre Entidades de Utilidade Pública; Organizações da Sociedade Civil de Interesse Público (Oscips) e Organizações Estrangeiras. O acordo foi assinado durante as comemorações pelo Dia Internacional contra a Corrupção (9 de dezembro), em evento realizado na Procuradoria-Geral da República.

December 12 — the Ministry of Justice and the CGU [cabinet-level federal controller general] signed an agreement this Monday (December 10) on the exchange of information about “[Organizations of Public Utility”]; OSCIPS (“civil society organizations in the public interest”); and Foreign Organizations. The accord was signed during a ceremony honoring the International Anti-Corruption Day (December 9), held at the federal attorney’s office.

“Quanto mais corrupção, menos cidadania e menos [sic] crime organizado”, lembrou o ministro da Justiça, Tarso Genro, enfatizando que o Brasil vive um momento histórico. “Nunca a corrupção foi tão combatida e divulgada como agora”.

“The more corruption there is, the less citizenship and the less [sic] organized crime,” Justice minister Genro said, stressing that Brazil is living through a historic moment. “Never before has corruption been so thoroughly combated and divulged to the public as now.”

The minister appears to have had a slip of the tongue there, substituting a “less” for a “more.” How many political bloggers jumped on the slip with both feet and the Cliff Note’s to the complete works of Freud?

“Never in the history of this country …” is a frequently heard campaign slogan from the governing party that people often to joke about.

On a controversial case involving a foreign NGO, with allegations of tax evasion and other shennanigans (such as violation of intellectual property rights), see

For a contrary view — one clearly labeled opinion rather than news reporting, to boot –see

On the media treatment of the Roosmalen case, see

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Interesting case study, I find, in the “folklore of the infinitely benevolent non-profit.”

The Rockefeller Foundation, after all, really did sponsor research that wound up advocating the extermination of inferior human beings, back in the 1930s. People tend to forget that.

This kind of thing really pisses me off. The embassy admonishes me strictly that I, the expatriated gringo, should observe all local laws.

So I do. Por chatas que sejam.

And then it turns out that if you are a Bush Ranger or something, the strict admonition may not be so strict after all.

Tarso destacou o trabalho de órgãos como a CGU, Receita Federal, Tribunal de Contas da União (TCU), Ministério Público Federal (MPF) e Poder Judiciário. E também lembrou das ações e operações das polícias Federal (PF) e Rodoviária Federal (PRF). “Elas vão aprofundar cada vez mais sua atuação. Sempre dentro da lei, da ordem e da jurídica”.

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Outro instrumento que pode ajudar na luta contra a corrupção é o Programa Nacional de Segurança Pública com Cidadania (Pronasci), lembrou o ministro. Desenvolvido pelo Ministério da Justiça, o Programa tem entre seus eixos a formação e qualificação das polícias, com foco no combate aos maus procedimentos internos.

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CPMF – Na opinião do ministro, a Contribuição Provisória por Movimentação Financeira (CPMF) pode ajudar o país nessa área. “É um imposto nitidamente anticorrupção. A partir dele, podem ser flagrados não somente o acúmulo de recursos que as pessoas fazem sem declarar, mas também as movimentações financeiras atípicas”, defendeu. Tarso lembrou que os recursos da CPMF serão fundamentais para o desenvolvimento do Pronasci – até 2012, serão investidos R$ 6,7 bilhões no Programa.

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