The Information Office is a budgetary institution
pursuing independent financial management. Under the title
of "civilian national security services" of Chapter X of the central
budget the Information Office has an independent subsection. The
Director-General is responsible for the budgetary management, and
for meeting the book-keeping and accountancy requirements.
The Minister in charge shall submit proposals for the budgets of
national security services. He shall exercise, with respect to the
budgetary management of the national security services drafting,
budget reallocation, reporting and information-provision, financial,
and controlling rights and duties of the head of the organ in charge
of the budgetary section. With respect to the financial management
of the national security services, he shall supervise the expediency
He delegates these duties to the political under-secretary who provides
assistance in controlling these services.
Major budget allocations of the Information Office are public. In
terms of millions of Forints for 2003:
But the detailed budget of the Office is a state secret, because
that might include "telling figures" for the hostile secret services.
These are only the Parliament's National Security Committee, the
competent unit of the Ministry of Finance, and in the course of
the auditing process, the National Audit Office and the Government
Control Office that are authorised to get acquainted with these
In order to discharge its secret service duties the Information
Office has earmarked a fund for the purposes of special operational
expenses, to cover the costs of the use of tools and methods of
gathering directly linked to personal and material expenses.
Differently from general book-keeping rules, major allocations earmarked
for "real costs" - no matter what kind of expenses they are - include
the special operational costs (e.g. meetings with foreign agents
are charged not as "representative", "catering" or "traveling" expenses),
in a single total amount/aggregate sum.
The Office earmarked a fund for special operational expenses to
pay to the secretly
co-operating private persons . A 20% income tax shall be deducted
from the amount paid by the Office and shall be paid to the taxation
authority, thus the co-operating person will have neither to include
this into the combined tax base nor to declare it before the tax
authorities. The Information Office has no obligation to provide
data on these payments.
External bodies are only authorised to review the use of special
operational expenses strictly from a legal point of view (not with
the aims of expediency and efficiency) and cannot get acquainted
with data originating from secret intelligence gathering, referring
to sources or the concrete ways of intelligence gathering.
Special rules apply to the Office's public procurements related
to state and service secrets and national security interests: the
Parliament's National Security Committee is entitled to preliminarily
exclude the application of general - procurement - laws.