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December 2020 - Report

Nova Scotia Acting Auditor General Terry Spicer released his December 1, 2020 Financial Report to the House of Assembly. The report provides information on the audit of the March 31, 2020 Consolidated Financial Statements of the Province of Nova Scotia, as well as the results from audits of government organizations. The report also provides highlights on the financial impacts of COVID-19 on the Province of Nova Scotia, as well as updates on the status of prior year items – cybersecurity, fraud risk management, internal meetings and employee social events expenses.  

    Chapter 1: Financial Audit Work Results

    Chapter 2: Financial Impacts of COVID-19 on the Province of Nova Scotia

    Chapter 3: Follow-up on Cybersecurity, Fraud Risk Management and Internal Meetings and Employee Social Events Expenses

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    July 28, 2020 - Report

    Acting Auditor General of Nova Scotia, Terry Spicer, released his July 28, 2020 report to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. The report examined the Province’s processes to identify and manage the contaminated sites it is responsible for and followed up on the recommendations from the June 2010 Management of Contaminated Sites audit at the Department of Environment.

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    Farewell from the Auditor General

    The following is a statement from Auditor General Michael Pickup, who is taking up a position as Auditor General of British Columbia on July 27.

    July 2020 - Report

    Nova Scotia Auditor General, Michael A. Pickup, released his July 14, 2020 report to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly.  The report examined the processes and analysis used to decide on the use of a P3 model to finance the QEII New Generation Project, as well as the processes used to prepare the master plan outlining what the new facility will include.

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    June 2020 - Report

    Nova Scotia Auditor General, Michael A. Pickup, released his June 23, 2020 report to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly.  The report examined select areas of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation including promotion of responsible drinking, local industry support, capital planning and procurement, and agency store contract management.

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    May 2020 - Report

    Nova Scotia Auditor General, Michael A. Pickup, released his May 2020 Report to the House of Assembly. This report deals with follow-up of 2015, 2016, and 2017 performance audit recommendations. The topics followed up are: 

    • AMANDA Case Management and Compliance System
    • Aquaculture Monitoring
    • Bluenose II Restoration Project
    • Business Continuity Management
    • Climate Change Management
    • Critical Infrastructure Resiliency
    • Environmental Assessments
    • Family Doctor Resourcing
    • Forest Management and Protection
    • Funding to Universities
    • Homes for Special Care: Identification and Management of Health and Safety Risks
    • Licensed Child Care
    • Management of Nova Scotia’s Hospital System Capacity
    • Managing Home Care Support Contracts
    • Mental Health Services
    • Monitoring and Funding Municipalities
    • Procurement and Management of Professional Services Contracts
    • Regional School Board Governance and Oversight
    • Responsible Gambling and the Prevention and Treatment of Problem Gambling
    • School Capital Planning
    • Species at Risk: Management of Conservation and Recovery 

    This report also includes supplementary information provided by organizations audited in 2018 as to their assessment of where they are with the recommendations. This is management information and we provide no assurance over this section of information. The audits in 2018 were:

    • Correctional Facilities
    • Grant Programs
    • IWK Health Centre Financial Management Controls and Governance
    • Maintenance Enforcement Program
    • Management and Oversight of Health Sector Information Technology
    • Workers’ Compensation Board Governance and Long-term Sustainability

     

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    Auditor General Resigns

    March 23, 2020

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