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Analysis: Auditor-General’s Reports Strengthen Govt Processes

Analysis: Auditor-General’s Reports Strengthen Govt Processes
July 18
11:00 2017

All Auditor-General’s reports are important.

They shed light on whether civil servants are following set Government processes or not.

When commenting on the Auditor-General’s reports it is important to note that it is similar to the internal audits of private companies, it looks at issues where employees are not following set processes.

But at the same time, too much commentary on the newly released 2016 Auditor-General’s report is akin to putting the cart before the horse.

It is important to note whether during the audit, civil servants responded to the issues highlighted or not.

What has also been highlighted in some of the audit reports is the qualification of some of the civil servants who have been employed in the civil service for decades. Some glaring gaps in qualifications have been highlighted in such reports.

Also highlighted are issues dating back to 1992 such as the Judicial Trust Fund Cash’s reconciliation.

The investigation by the Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption of the Official Receiver and trust accounts also provides an insight into the level of transparency required now and the actions which are being taken.

Even unaccounted revenue which is raked in by Government is also highlighted in such reports, as has been the case in the 2016 report where miscellaneous revenue of more than $1million has been flagged.

However, the reports are not the end. If anything, the Auditor-General’s reports start the process to strengthen Governments’ internal processes.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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