At any given time, our teams are working on a variety of project audits. Project audits include performance audits, investigations (including special audits), information technology audits, and governance audits and reviews.
Below you will find a list and brief description of project audits currently in progress. To provide information related to one of our on-going audits, you may contact us by:
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Currently in Progress
Shellmouth Dam Artificial Flooding Compensation Program
The Office of the Auditor General received allegations regarding the administration of the Shellmouth Dam Compensation Regulations. Agricultural property owners downstream of the reservoir have experienced repeated flooding from the operation of the dam. The producers believe the Province is not following regulations governing compensation for landowners.
The audit will determine if the Province has adequate processes to identify artificial flooding resulting from the operations of the Shellmouth Dam, and if the Province is promptly inspecting and estimating damages from artificial flooding downstream of the dam.
Vimy Arena Land Transfer
The Office of the Auditor General received a citizen concern regarding the transfer of the Vimy Arena from the City of Winnipeg to the Province of Manitoba for the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre. A number of concerns with the project were identified, including that the land transfer was not in accordance with City of Winnipeg policies and procedures.
Our audit will review compliance with City policies surrounding the sale and acquisition of the Vimy Arena.
Privileged users have the highest level of access rights to information systems (e.g. operating systems, databases, applications) allowing them unrestricted access to all data and allowing them to perform activities such as administering users, and modifying and configuring systems. As a result, inadequate privileged user controls provide opportunities for attackers to compromise information systems and access data to commit fraud.
The audit will assess if controls are in place for limiting privileged access rights to prevent unauthorized access to government information systems.
Audit of Aging Information Systems
Technology remains an integral part in fulfilling the government’s responsibilities to its citizens. As new technologies enhance customer experience in the private sector, citizens expect the government to keep pace – not just in deploying efficient processes aided by technology, but also in securing sensitive data such as personal information.
This audit aims to determine the mechanisms in place to identify and manage the risks of continued use of aging systems across the government. These risks include extended outages, decreased system reliability, high maintenance costs, lack of vendor support and exposure to security vulnerabilities, which can affect the government’s ability to effectively meet the evolving needs of system users and support services delivered to Manitobans.
Animal Disease Outbreak, Preparedness, Prevention and Response
Advance preparation is key to protecting livestock and the safety of Manitoba’s food supply. An animal disease outbreak in livestock would have a significant impact on the province, both from an economic standpoint and on public health. This audit will examine Manitoba’s preparedness for an animal disease outbreak.
When a resident of Manitoba visits a physician, the physician bills the provincial government for the services provided during the visit. This is known as a fee-for-service model. Physicians in Manitoba, except for salaried doctors, are primarily paid using this model.
Past audits performed by other provincial legislative audit offices have found that the fee-for-service model can result in millions of dollars in overpayments to physicians if the proper controls are not in place.
This audit will look at the system in place for the fee-for-service model in Manitoba and the process to recover overpayments.
Automatic Vehicle Locator Devices
Vehicle and Equipment Management Agency (VEMA) is a Special Operating Agency within Manitoba Finance. One of the services offered is to provide government departments with access to fleet vehicles on an occasional or longer-term basis. The expectation is that these vehicles will be operated in a manner consistent with relevant laws and regulations, including The Drivers and Vehicles Act, The Highway Traffic Act, and The Workplace Safety and Health Act.
In 2018, VEMA installed automatic vehicle locator (AVL) devices on all fleet vehicles to increase the safety of employees working alone, to reduce environmental impacts, to find operational and financial efficiencies, and to issue alerts directly to the department when employees put themselves or the public at risk (e.g. speeding).
This audit looks to determine whether automatic vehicle locator (AVL) information, from Vehicle and Equipment Management Agency’s fleet vehicles, is being used to maximize operational and financial efficiencies.
K to 12 Education during COVID-19
In March 2020, COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. A short time later, the Manitoba government declared a state of emergency and issued public health orders around physical distancing, limits on public gatherings, restrictions on business, and cancellation of many activities. Millions of dollars in supports have been announced.
Between August and October 2020, our Office held meetings with stakeholders from across the province to obtain an understanding of how different groups have been impacted by the pandemic, and the Province’s associated pandemic planning, preparedness and response. A theme emerging from these discussions was the significant impact of the March – June 2020 school closures, and the operational shifts required to educate students safely in classrooms when school resumed in the fall. This audit will assess the Manitoba government’s COVID-19 pandemic response as it relates to K to 12 Education.
Implementing Manitoba’s Path to Reconciliation
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was established in June 2008 with the purpose of documenting the history and lasting impacts of the Canadian Indian residential school system on Indigenous students and their families. In June 2015, the TRC released an Executive Summary of its findings, which included 94 “calls to action” to further reconciliation between Canadians and Indigenous peoples. Of the 94 calls to action, 26 were directed towards actions to be taken by the provincial governments.
In March 2016, in response to the TRC’s “calls to action”, the Province passed the Path to Reconciliation Act, which committed the government to develop and execute a strategy for reconciliation and to implement the applicable calls to action.
This audit will assess the progress the Province has made in implementing specific calls to action and other actions departments have implemented as part of the process of reconciliation.