Presentation on theme: "PRESENTED BY: TANESHA STOKES, VCO OF THE AUDITOR OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS Procurement and the Auditor."— Presentation transcript:
PRESENTED BY: TANESHA STOKES, VCO OF THE AUDITOR OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS Procurement and the Auditor
What is the APA? The Auditor of Public Accounts is a constitutional officer with powers granted by Virginia’s constitution (Article IV, § 18) and as specified in the Code of Virginia (Chapter 14, §§ 30.130 – 30.142) The Auditor of Public Accounts reports through the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) in the General Assembly The APA is the legislative external auditor for: All State agencies Institutions of Higher Education Constitutional officers, and Various boards and authorities under the executive and judicial branches of state government
Who’s the Boss?! The Auditor of Public Accounts The Independent Auditor of the Commonwealth Appointed to a 4 year term by the General Assembly Has been with the APA since 1977 Walter J. Kucharski, CPA, CFE
Mission The APA serves Virginia citizens and decision-makers by providing unbiased, accurate information and sound recommendations to improve accountability and financial management of public funds.
General Assembly (JLARC) Auditor of Public Accounts Audit Specialty Team Directors (11) Auditors (88) Human Resources and Central Operations Director (1) Supporting Staff (12) Deputy Auditor of Public Accounts Where do we fit in?
APA Specialty Teams Acquisition and Contract Management Budgeting and Performance Management Capital Asset Management Data Analysis Financial Management Higher Education Programs Information Systems Development Information Systems Security Reporting and Standards Social and Medical Services Judicial Systems
Acquisition and Contract Management The Acquisition and Contract Management Team promotes effective and efficient use of public funds in acquisitions and contract management through the identification and recommendation of best practices.
Responsibilities of the Agency Provide Documentation (Evidence) Agency Procurement and Accounts Payable Policies and Procedures Master listing of all term contracts Determination of Need Justification of non-Competitive Sealed Bid procurement RFP / IFB Bid tabulations
Responsibilities of the Agency Provide Documentation (continued) Contract Contract Administrator assignment and duties Change Orders Renewals Vendor evaluations by end-user (at least yearly)
Role of Each Agency Manage the Contract Ensure contract compliance by Vendor and End-User Tracking and Management of contract changes Review, approval and payment of invoices
Auditor Considerations Is there the presence or absence of incentives? Is the procurement rational, feasible and doable? Is the procurement necessary? Is the Commonwealth getting value from this expenditure? Are there indicators of fraud? Are there any violations of laws and regulations
Role of the Auditor Gain an Understanding of: Policies and Procedures Systems and System Security Structure of the Procurement area Contract expenditures Monitoring project costs tools
Gather Evidence Test individual contract files: o Ensure that internal controls are in place o Ensure files include adequate documentation o Test compliance with State procurement regulations Conduct Substantive Tests o Trace Contract Payments through Accounts Payable o Trace individual vouchers to Contract Role of the Auditor (cont.)