Key Compliance Attributes of Internal Audit
Why publish key compliance attributes of Internal Audit?
The objective of the Treasury Board Policy on Internal Audit is to ensure that the oversight of public resources throughout the federal public administration is informed by a professional and objective internal audit function that is independent of departmental management.
Heads of organizations are responsible ensuring that internal audit in the department is carried out in accordance with the Institute of Internal Auditors International Professional Practices Framework unless the framework is in conflict with the Treasury Board Policy or its related directive; if there is a conflict, the policy or directive will prevail.
Departments with internal audit functions are required to publish key attributes of compliance as per section A.188.8.131.52 of the Treasury Board Directive on Internal Audit. It is important that the public is aware that heads of government organizations are receiving assurance and that activities are managed in a way that demonstrates responsible stewardship.
These attributes have been selected because they demonstrate to an external audience that, at a minimum, the fundamental elements necessary for oversight are in place, are operating as intended and are achieving results. The key attributes of compliance with the policy and standards are:
- internal auditors that are trained to effectively perform the work;
- audit work that is performed in conformance with the international standards for the profession;
- audit work that is performed according to a systematically developed risk-based audit plan, which has been approved by the head of the organization, and that results in management actions being taken in response to report recommendations; and
- audit work that is perceived by stakeholders as adding value in the pursuit of organizational objectives.
Publishing departmental key compliance attributes provides pertinent information to Canadians and parliamentarians regarding the professionalism, performance and impact of the internal audit function in departments. These are not performance measures and no targets are attached. Under the Policy, the Comptroller General has the authority to amend these attributes, should there be changes in the internal audit environment and/or due to the evolving maturity of the internal audit function.
|Performance results will answer questions that stakeholders may have about the oversight of public resources||Performance Results|
|Do internal auditors in departments have the expertise and training required to do the job effectively?||1(a) 72% of staff with an internal audit or accounting designation (Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA))|
|1(b) 22% of staff with an internal audit or accounting designation (CIA, CPA) in progress|
|1(c) 39% of staff holding other designations (CGAP, CISA, PMP, etc.) Contracting funds are expanded to bring in expertise as required.|
|Is internal audit work performed in conformance with the international standards for the profession of internal audit and as required by Treasury Board policy?||2(a) October 2020 - Date of last comprehensive briefing to the Departmental Audit Committee on the internal processes, tools, and information considered necessary to evaluate conformance with the IIA Code of Ethics and the Standards and the results of the quality assurance and improvement program (QAIP)|
|2(b) June 8, 2017 - Date of last external assessment|
|Are the Risk Based Audit Plans (RBAPs) submitted to audit committees and approved by deputy heads implemented as planned with resulting reports published?
Is management acting on audit recommendations for improvements to departmental processes?
|3. In the approved 2020-22 RBAP and related information, refer to the table below for:
|Is internal audit credible and adding value in support of the mandate and strategic objectives of the organization?||4. Average overall usefulness rating from senior management (ADM-level or equivalent) of areas audited.
17% very satisfied
|Internal audit title||Audit status||Report approved date||Report published date||Original planned MAP completion date||Implementation status|
|1||Audit of Emergency Response Teams||In-Progress|
|2||Audit of Financial System Modernization||Planned|
|3||Audit of IM/IT Governance||Approved – Not published yet||July 27, 2020||March 31, 2021||In-Progress|
|4||Audit of Indigenous Intervention Centers||Planned|
|5||Audit of Inmate Trust Funds||Published||July 9, 2020||October 26, 2020||August 31, 2021||In-Progress|
|6||Audit of Interception of Inmate Communications||In-Progress|
|7||Audit of Management of Elder Services||In-Progress|
|8||Audit of Offender Management System Modernization||In-Progress|
|9||Audit of Sentence Management||Planned|
|10||Audit of the National Infrastructure Contribution Program||In-Progress|
|11||Audit of Victim Services||In-Progress|
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