Work in Progress
At any time, the OAG has a number of audits or reviews in progress. Click the report name to view a brief description and the audit criteria (what we looked at).
Projects in the Reporting Phase
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- Audit of Special Indemnities
The purpose of this audit is to determine the effectiveness of the system (or framework) governing the granting of indemnities to individuals under the authority of the Financial Administration Act (FAA), but outside of a formally established and approved government policy. Indemnities granted to individuals under the authority of the FAA, in special circumstances that are beyond the scope of the existing Public Service Agency (PSA) policy, are referred to as “special indemnities."
This audit will specifically examine whether special indemnities are granted, administered and reported in a consistent and transparent manner, and whether the terms and conditions of the indemnity agreements are complied with. The audit will answer the following questions:
- Is there a legal and administrative framework to ensure that decisions to grant and amend special indemnities are authorized, consistent and transparent?
- Does government have appropriate mechanisms in place to ensure that financial obligations assumed in granting special indemnities are effectively managed, appropriately authorized and in compliance with the applicable indemnity agreement?
- Are reporting practices sufficient to ensure government is accountable for obligations assumed and expenditures incurred in relation to special indemnities?
The Office expects to complete the audit in Fall 2013.
- Oversight of Physician Services
The purpose of this audit is to determine whether the Ministry of Health, health authorities, and the Medical Services Commission are ensuring that British Columbians receive value for money for physician services. It seeks to answer the following questions:
- Can the Ministry of Health, health authorities, and Medical Services Commission demonstrate that physician services are high quality?
- Can the Ministry of Health, health authorities, and Medical Services Commission demonstrate that compensation for physician services is cost-effective?
- Information Technology General Controls HealthCheck
- The overall objective of this project is to determine the level of maturity that all government reporting entities have attained with respect to managing IT general controls in their IT environment for protecting the information they collected, stored and transmitted, as well as ensuring critical government services can continue.
Projects in the Conducting Phase
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- Web Applications Security
This audit determines whether the provincial government’s websites are adequately protected from Internet security threats such as abuse, unauthorized intrusion or modification. There are about 367 public-facing web applications as identified by ministries on their applications inventory list prepared for the Office of the Chief Information Officer as of November 4, 2011, with 74% hosted by Shared Services BC and others hosted externally by various providers.
- PRIME-BC Audit
The purpose of this audit is to assess the integrity and existence of controls in place to protect information in the PRIME-BC system. PRIME-BC, or the Police Records Information Management Environment, is the common information system used by every municipal police department and RCMP detachment in British Columbia. It facilitates information sharing to support police operations across the province, and case information from this system is submitted to the BC Government as Reports to Crown Counsel.
The audit will seek answers to two primary questions:
- Is PRIME-BC adequately secured from internal and external threats?
- Is unauthorized access to PRIME-BC likely to be discovered?
- Update: BC Hydro: The Effects of Rate-Regulated Accounting
This report will provide an update to our 2011 report where we examined the implications of BC Hydro's use of rate-regulated accounting, which allows BC Hydro to establish deferral accounts into which it can "defer" expenses to future years.
- Update: Aspects of Financial Management: Working Capital Management
This report will provide an update of government's progress and challenges in improving the management of working capital since our work on this topic in 2010. Though the original report focused on the education sector, this update will consider other government sectors as well.
- Professional Service Contracts Audit
- The purpose of this audit is to determine whether the Ministry of Advanced Education, the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services, and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure are receiving the best value from their contracts for professional and advisory services.
The audit will assess the efforts of these ministries to strike the optimal balance between high quality and low cost by answering the following questions:
- Are professional and advisory services procured in a manner that is competitive, fair and cost effective?
- Is procurement of professional and advisory services resulting in the right services at the right price at the right time?
- Earthquake Preparedness
The purpose of this audit is to determine whether Emergency Management Britsh Columbia (EMBC) can demonstrate that it is prepared to manage the effects of a catastrophic earthquake.
- Benefits and Services for Disability Assistance Clients
The purpose of this audit is to determine whether the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (SDSI) provides accessible service and ensures that its disability assistance clients receive the right benefits that provide for their needs and contribute to improving their outcomes.
- Managing Correctional Facilities and Programs
The purpose of this audit is to assess whether the Audit Custody Division is planning for and providing the facilities and programs it needs to meet its mandate. The audit will determine this by concluding on the following three objectives:
- Does the Adult Custody Division identify and provide the facilities it needs to deliver safe and secure custody?
- Does the Adult Custody Division identify and provide the programs it needs to reduce criminal behaviour?
- Does the Adult Custody Division provide inmates with access to facilities and programs that are consistent with its current policies and legislation?
- Management of Cumulative Effects
The purpose of this audit is to determine whether the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations' natural resource development decisions consider and address cumulative changes to the environment to help ensure that British Columbia's lands and natural resources provide long-term social, economic and environmental benefits. To achieve this purpose we will evaluate whether FLNRO:
- has established direction and responsibility for managing cumulative effects;
- considers and addresses cumulative effects in its decision-making in the northwest region of British Columbia; and
- is continually improving cumulative effects management.
Projects in the Follow-up Phase
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