Office of the City Auditor's Strategic Plan for 2022-2025.
City Auditor’s Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2021.
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The City Auditor is appointed by City Council to provide internal audit services. The delegated powers, duties, and functions of this position are established under the City Auditor Bylaw. In providing services to the corporation, the Office of the City Auditor performs the key roles of guardian and agent of change.
Following are the audit reports issued by the Office of the City Auditor during 2022.
Following are the audit reports issued by the Office of the City Auditor during 2021.
Cloud Computing Audit (January)
Open Spaces Asset Transfer Audit (March)
Real Estate Branch Audit (March)
Snow and Ice Control Audit (January)
Following are the audit reports issued by the Office of the City Auditor during 2020.
City Financial Condition Review (November)
Forestry Services Audit (September)
Investigation Report (March)
Social Development Branch Audit (November)
Following are the audit reports issued by the Office of the City Auditor during 2019.
Access to Digital Assets (December)
Conflict of Interest Program Audit (December)
Assessment and Taxation Audit (October)
Audit of Accounts Payable (January)
Edmonton Economic Development Corporation Audit (September)
ETS Revenue Management Audit (August)
ETS Workforce Development Investigation (January)
Residential Infill Audit (June)
Touch the Water Project Audit (January)
Following are the audit reports issued by the Office of the City Auditor during 2018.
Bridge Maintenance Audit (January)
Consultant Services Review (October)
Current Planning Reserve Audit (April)
Investment Policy Review (April)
2017 Municipal Election (January)
Waste Services Audit (January)
Following are the audit reports issued by the Office of the City Auditor during 2017.
City Pesticide Use Audit (November)
Corporate Culture Audit (November)
Pedestrian Crosswalk Audit (June)
POSSE System Review (January)
Vendor Master File Audit (June)
Following are the audit reports issued by the Office of the City Auditor during 2016.
Change Order Process Audit (June)
Coin Processing Audit (February)
Employee Business Expenses Audit (November)
Fraud Risk Management (November)
Performance Measures Validation (September)
Sole and Single Source Audit (September)
Utilities Infrastructure Branch Audit (September)
Enhancing Edmontonians’ trust through independent, value-add internal audit and advisory services.
Integrity: We are ethical, truthful, and transparent.
Accountability: We honour our commitments and take responsibility for our actions.
Unbiased: We are independent and objective.
Collaborative: We respectfully listen and work towards common goals.
Committed to continuous improvement: We embrace learning and innovation.
A typical audit or review conducted by the Office of the City Auditor includes the following activities:
The Office of the City Auditor selects audits that are most likely to improve services, enhance innovation, increase revenues, or reduce costs. In the selection process, a department's aims, programs, funding and basic needs are considered, along with other influential factors.
Prior to commencing a review, the Office of the City Auditor notifies relevant parties and describes the general scope of the audit. Audit staff meet with clients to discuss the audit's objectives, and any concerns or suggestions the client may have for expanding or adjusting the audit's focus. Through interaction with the client, the Office of the City Auditor:
Once this is accomplished, the audit objectives and its terms of reference are communicated to the client.
During this phase, audit staff review and evaluate processes in greater depth, recording all observations. Various methodologies are used, including interviewing key staff, testing system controls, analyzing data and facilitating control self-assessment workshops.
Once all relevant data is collected and analyzed, the Office of the City Auditor prepares a draft report containing its observations, conclusions, and any recommendations for improvement. The client then reviews this draft for accuracy and completeness, and may offer corrections on the facts and terminology in the document, including mention of any steps undertaken since completion of the prior audit phase.
After incorporating applicable changes, the Office of the City Auditor sends a formal draft report to the relevant department(s) for a formal response to be included in the final report.
Final reports are then circulated to the relevant department(s), the City Manager and Members of City Council. A summary of the report is included in the quarterly report, which is submitted to the Executive Committee and placed on the website.
About a year to 18 months after issuing an audit report, the Office of the City Auditor may revisit the project to determine whether management has successfully implemented actions included in their original responses.
Note: The Office of the City Auditor recognizes the importance of effective communication throughout all phases of an audit.
City Council passed Bylaw 16097 Audit Committee Bylaw on October 4, 2012. Bylaw 16097 prescribes the powers, functions, duties, structure and procedures for Audit Committee.
The Office has a 2021 operating budget of $2,706,000 with 15 staff members reporting to the City Auditor.
The Fraud and Whistleblower Protection Directive, A1464 was approved on January 19, 2017. The purpose of this directive is to set procedures for the prevention, detection, reporting and investigation of suspected fraud, as well as the processes for reporting and resolving complaints of retaliation. The Fraud Reporting and Investigation Procedure outlines the procedure for the prevention and reporting of suspected fraud within the City of Edmonton. The Whistleblower Protection Procedure outlines the process for the reporting and resolution of retaliation complaints.
Communications to and from the Office of the City Auditor are handled in accordance with Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation.