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
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.
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 take actions in response to calls for 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.
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global public health emergency. The next day, Manitoba announced its first presumptive positive COVID-19 case. As of June 14, 2021, there had been over 50,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province.
In fall 2020, the WHO called for countries to be prepared with an efficient and coordinated strategy and plan for rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination. In Canada, federal, provincial, and territorial governments share responsibility for ensuring all Canadians have access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.
Provinces are responsible for ensuring their residents are immunized in a safe and timely way. On December 16, 2020, the Province administered its first COVID-19 immunization. As of June 14, 2021, over a million doses had been administered, with 71.5% of adults and 69.3% of those over the age of 12 in Manitoba vaccinated with at least one dose.
This audit will determine whether the vaccine rollout was effectively managed by the Government of Manitoba.
This audit will be undertaken in coordination with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada along with participating provinces and territories. This coordinated audit will give Manitobans, and Canadians, the comprehensive picture of how the rollout was executed—both by the federal and provincial government.
Fraud Risk Management
Fraud risk management is in an important function to prevent and detect the loss of public money. Improper risk management undermines Manitoba’s confidence in the civil service.
Our audit will select departments and other entities within the Government Reporting Entity and examine and evaluate the work performed by those organizations to identify and mitigate fraud risks.
Personal Care Homes – Complaints Process
In Manitoba, the Protection for Persons in Care Office (PPCO) investigates reports of suspected patient/resident abuse and neglect. Facilities are required to report suspected abuse or neglect in writing to the PPCO. The general public can also report suspected abuse and neglect to the PPCO.
Our examination will be a limited scope examination focusing on how the PPCO receives and investigates concerns received from the public or healthcare staff regarding the level of care provided in Manitoba Personal Care Homes. The examination was initiated based on stakeholder concerns received by our office.