EDMONTON, APRIL 20, 2017—Alberta’s Auditor General Merwan Saher signaled to all MLAs and Albertans, the performance audit work his office intends to do over the next three years by publishing the list of intended audits on his office’s website.
Performance audits have previously been called systems audits in the office’s public reports. Calling them “performance audits” is consistent with other legislative audit offices across the country and elsewhere.
Performance auditing is an independent, objective and reliable examination of whether government systems, operations, programs, activities OR organizations are operating in accordance with the principles of economy, efficiency and effectiveness.
“This is the first time we have published a list of our intended performance audit work,” said Mr. Saher. “Since we work for Albertans, we think it’s helpful to let them know what we intend to do and invite their advice.”
The list of performance audits will be updated annually and adjusted according to any changes in office priorities or resources.
Performance audits currently require about 30 per cent of the office’s resources. Most of the work done by the office is auditing financial statements, which is mandated by the Auditor General Act. The auditor general is the auditor of every ministry, department, regulated fund and most provincial agencies; in all, about 150 entities.
The list of intended audits can be found below. Information on how Albertans can provide comments to the office, can be found on the performance audits page
of this website.