The Department's activities are carried out based on efficiency and objectivity and are aimed at fulfilling the strategic objectives of the Accounts Chamber — to provide a comprehensive perspective of the country's development and to improve the efficiency of public resource management, as well as to strengthen the culture of publicity related to environmental management and agriculture.
The Department carries out external public audit (control)of subsoil use, water and forestry, biodiversity, environmental and technological security, agro-industries, and state material reserve.
The Department's priority areas of activity include evaluation of the national project "Ecology" and state programs "Environmental protection", “Development of the fisheries industry", "Management and use of natural resources", “Forestry development", “Integrated development of rural territories", as well as the state program “Development of agriculture and regulation of markets for agricultural products, raw materials and food”.
The Department also conducts external audits of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Minprirody), the Ministry of Agriculture, the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources (Rosprirodnadzor), the Federal Agency for Mineral Resources (Rosnedra), the Federal Agency for Water Resources (Rosvodresursy), the Federal Agency for Forestry (Rosleskhoz) , the Federal Agency for Fishery (Rosrybolovstvo), the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Rosgidromet), the Federal Agency for State Reserves (Rosrezerv), the Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Supervision (Rostechnadzor) and the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision (Rosselkhoznadzor).
The Department includes the following audit units on:
- Agro-industrial complex;
- Environmental safety;
- Natural resources management use and biodiversity;
- Water, forestry and technological safety;
- Consolidated analytics.