Liberals Promise to Strengthen Effectiveness of AGLG
Prince George, B.C. – The provincial government says the Auditor General for Local Government Act is going to be amended to strengthen governance and accountability.
Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Coralee Oakes says administrative amendments are expected to be introduced in an upcoming legislative session to more clearly define the roles of the minister, the audit council, the Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG) and other parties.
The amendments are to include improved communication between the minister and audit council, opportunities for the council to review the office’s budget and operations and authority for the audit council to access information on the status of the performance audits undertaken by the Office of the AGLG.
The government also says recommendations from the report on the governance and operations of the Auditor General for Local Government will also be implemented.
The report identified a range of issues including an opportunity for greater clarity on roles, responsibilities and working relationships between the audit council and AGLG, practices that increased cost and delayed audit completions and reliance on external contracted resources.
Minister Oakes says “when implemented, the amendments proposed for the governing legislation, together with the recommendations coming from the independent report, will address shortfalls, provide opportunities for collaboration on pre and post audit initiatives, strengthen existing roles and responsibilities and increase accountability to taxpayers.”