Issue - meetings
INTERNAL AUDIT UPDATE
The Chief Internal Auditor introduced his report that identified and evaluated the performance of the Internal Audit Section and included items of note arising from the actual work undertaken during the period 1 January to 28 February 2017. The report focused upon:
· Any items of note arising from audit work conducted;
· Any issues arising that require actions to be taken by Members;
· Performance information relating to the Internal Audit Service;
· Developments being undertaken to improve the effectiveness of the Internal Audit Service.
Members’ attention was drawn specifically to one item of note that had been identified, namely Counter Fraud. The Chief Internal Auditor informed that Internal Audit Service was working on a revised corporate Counter Fraud and Corruption Strategy, Policy and Response Plan that incorporated current best professional practice in this field. The document is to be presented to the June 2017 meeting of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.
The Chief Internal Auditor drew Member’s attention to the Internal Audit Performance Indicators and development improvements, examples of which were provided. A table appended to the report, identified information related to audits where recommended actions were included in audit reports and where follow-up actions had been scheduled.
The Chief Internal Auditor advised that all of the recommendations were currently Amber rated indicating that progress is being made to address identified issues and actions are expected to be completed within the reported timescales.
Members noted that the majority of actions related to ICT systems and had been the subject of a separate verbal report by the Head of Digital who provided a progress update for all outstanding items in this area to the Committee on 30 January 2017 and identified an implementation date of May 2017 for actions.
Following debate on the subject of monitoring of progress on ICT matters, the Committee felt it appropriate that a Senior Officer from Digital Services be invited to attend the next meeting of the Audit and Risk Committee in June to present a written progress update to ensure that the identified targets had been met.
Resolved - That
1) the report be noted; and
2) a Senior Officer from Digital Services be invited to attend the next meeting of the Audit and Risk Committee in June to present a written progress update.