The General Control of Public Departments (CGSP) is a part of the administrative control system, which includes the various bodies of general controls and the departmental inspections.
The CGSP was created by the law of finance for the year 1982 after dissolution of the General Inspection of the Administrative departments, in application of article 27 of decree n° 1982-6 dated 5 January 1982 relating to the general status of the members of the General Control of Public Departments.
The creation of the CGSP in 1982 constitutes a significant stage in the modernization and evolution of the function of control of the public departments, taking into account the broad competences attributed to the CGSP, its work methods and the human resources placed at its disposal.
The CGSP is a body of higher control, having a horizontal competence, which is entitled to control the departments of the State, local collectivities, public enterprises and establishments and all the institutions receiving directly or indirectly participations or contributions of the State or collectivities.
The CGSP is also a consultative body which puts forward opinions on the draft laws and regulations aiming to organize and modernize the management tools in the public departments.