Internal Audit Checking on Action Plans to Address AG’s Findings

DECEMBER 2, 2014

Internal Audit is checking on the action plans of directorates “to confirm that these address the root cause” of the Auditor-General’s findings.

A report to the Municipal Public Accounts Committee, whose meeting today was cancelled, states that from the AG’s 2012/13 Management Report, Internal Audit has “created a matrix and dash-board” comprising all the findings.

“Each month, the dashboard is sent to all directorates for review and update where they are required to provide their action plans in writing to address the AG’s findings.

“Internal Audit reviews the action plans to confirm that these address the root cause of the findings and are then tested to determine whether or not the controls are operating effectively.”

The report states that a dedicated “follow-up” Internal Audit team has been introduced “to assist management in implementing relevant action plans to clear the AG dashboard findings”.

Further, it states that workshops are being held with directorates on an ongoing basis “to implement workable solutions and practical action plans to address the AG’s findings”.

The report to MPAC points out that the 2012/13 AG report contained a total of 134 findings of which 11 had been identified by Budget and Treasury and Internal Audit as being “transversal across the metro”.

The report states that Budget and Treasury together with Internal Audit has assisted directorates “in preparing guidelines on the reporting on the financial statement close process and fruitless and wasteful expenditure”.

This, it adds, flows from the workshops on these issues held with the various directorates. - MetroMinutes.