Lack of internal audits among a number of INDECOM failings - auditor general
The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has been cited for failing to undertake any internal audit of its operations since it was established in 2010 to investigate police shootings.
Auditor General, Pamela Monroe Ellis, lists the absence of internal audits among a number of failings of the Terrence Williams-led agency.
The Financial Administration and Audit Act and the Financial Management Regulations require government departments to establish a system of internal audits for examining the accounting systems, internal controls, risk management and governance of that department.
However, according to the latest Auditor General’s report, INDECOM has not employed any internal auditor since its inception in 2010.
INDECOM has reportedly said that despite conducting recruitment exercises, it is unable to attract suitable candidates at the current remuneration levels.
However, the auditor general says the absence of regular internal audit reviews increases the risk of errors or irregularities going undetected and could result in a weakened internal control environment.
Meanwhile, the auditor general is reporting that INDECOM lost all its master inventory records after a reported computer failure.
Monroe Ellis says INDECOM’s individual inventory records were not kept up-to-date to allow for efficient monitoring of its assets.
She adds that INDECOM did not maintain an appropriate motor vehicle inventory and operational efficiency record, and there was no evidence of supervisory checks in the motor vehicle logbooks as required by government regulations.
The auditor general says INDECOM has since re-created its master inventory and is in the process of updating its individual inventory and motor vehicle records.
She says INDECOM is to seek a back-up system to reduce the impact of any future computer failures.
THE GLEANER MINUTE