Auditor General finds good practices and opportunities for improvement

(Report to the Standing Senate Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration—Administration of the Senate of Canada)

Ottawa, 13 June 2012—The Administration of the Senate has management policies and control systems in place to provide support to Senators and the operations of the Senate, says Michael Ferguson, the Auditor General of Canada, in his Report to the Standing Senate Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration. The report was tabled today in the Senate.

“I am pleased to say that we found no major weaknesses in the Administration of the Senate,” said Mr. Ferguson.

The audit found that the Senate Administration has appropriate financial management policies and controls in place. The vast majority of transactions that were reviewed had been properly authorized, reviewed and recorded. The audit noted that the rules in place were generally followed, but recommended improving aspects of documentation.

The audit found that communication and cooperation between the Senate Protective Service and other security forces in the Parliamentary Precinct have improved in recent years, following the implementation of a master security plan. There is an opportunity for further evaluation of the integration of security forces.

The audit looked at services provided by the Senate Administration in selected areas, including financial management, human resource management, information technology services, and security, between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011.

“While I am pleased with the results of this audit, we have made recommendations for improvements that the Administration has agreed to implement,” said Mr. Ferguson.

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The “Report to the Standing Senate Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration—Administration of the Senate of Canada” is available on the Office of the Auditor General of Canada Web site.

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