Provincial Auditor of Saskatchewan https://auditor.sk.ca We audit the provincial government's management of public money in order to foster accountability and transparency with respect to its performance, systems, and practices. en-us Business: Business and Financial Plan for the Year Ended March 31, 2021 https://auditor.sk.ca/publications/our-business-and-financial-plans/item?id=160 Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:51:00 -0600 News: Provincial Auditor Response to COVID-19 https://auditor.sk.ca/news/news-releases/item?id=120 Our office is adopting the federal and provincial government COVID-19 measures for government employers and employees. (https://www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus)We will continue to carry out our audits in order to minimize, to the extent possible, the impact of the current state of affairs on the audit of the Government of Saskatchewan's financial statements, and the timeliness of other audits.The Deputy Provincial Auditor or the Summary Reviewer assigned to your audit will consult... Mon, 16 Mar 2020 16:50:00 -0600 News: News Release: 2019 Report"Volume 2: Provincial Auditor Reviewed Processes to Manage Sustainable Fish Populations for nearly 400 Key Provincial Water Bodies https://auditor.sk.ca/news/news-releases/item?id=119 2019 ReportVolume 2: Provincial Auditor Reviewed Processes to Manage Sustainable Fish Populations for nearly 400 Key Provincial Water BodiesStrengthening of Ministry of Environment's processes for freshwater fish sustainability requiredEstimated 50,000 fish-bearing water bodies, primarily in northern SaskatchewanContain 69 fish species58 native species11 introduced or invasive speciesPrimary species for... Thu, 05 Dec 2019 10:21:00 -0600 News: News Release: 2019 Report"Volume 2: Provincial Auditor Identifies Need for Strengthening Provincial Capital Commission Processes for Major Developments in Wascana Centre https://auditor.sk.ca/news/news-releases/item?id=118 2019 ReportVolume 2: Provincial Auditor Identifies Need for Strengthening Provincial Capital Commission Processes for Major Developments in Wascana CentreREGINA, SK., December 5, 2019: In her 2019 Report Volume 2, Chapter 10, Provincial Auditor of Saskatchewan, Judy Ferguson, calls on the Provincial Capital Commission to improve its approval processes for major developments in Wascana Centre, and to increase transparency. The audit found the following.The Commission's unique... Thu, 05 Dec 2019 10:19:00 -0600 News: News Release: 2019 Report"Volume 2: Provincial Auditor Examines Processes for Treating Patients at Risk of Suicide in Northwest Saskatchewan https://auditor.sk.ca/news/news-releases/item?id=117 2019 ReportVolume 2: Provincial Auditor Examines Processes for Treating Patients at Risk of Suicide in Northwest SaskatchewanREGINA, SK., December 5, 2019: In her 2019 Report Volume 2, Chapter 24, Provincial Auditor of Saskatchewan, Judy Ferguson, highlights eight areas for the Saskatchewan Health Authority to improve its processes to treat patients at risk of suicide in northwest Saskatchewan. The audit found the following.Average suicide rate per 100,000... Thu, 05 Dec 2019 10:16:00 -0600 News: Backgrounder: 2019 Report Volume 2 https://auditor.sk.ca/news/news-releases/item?id=116 BACKGROUNDER: Provincial Auditor of Saskatchewan 2019 ReportVolume 2Chapter 22: Co-ordinating the Appropriate Provision of Helicopter Ambulance ServicesAnnually, STARS transports nearly 700 patients60% to 70% as transfers between health care facilities and 30% to 40% from accident scene calls.The Ministry pays a flat contract rate of $10.5 million for helicopter ambulance services annually.When equated to a per call basis, in 201819, the... Thu, 05 Dec 2019 10:12:00 -0600 Reports: 2019 Report Volume 2 https://auditor.sk.ca/publications/public-reports/item?id=158 Our winter 2019 Report includes results from annual integrated audits, 22 follow-up audits and six performance audits.The Annual Integrated Audits and IT Audit Work section of the Report highlights 18 different agencies with identified financial- or compliance-related areas for improvement; it includes new recommendations for 10 different agencies.We audited just over 130 agencies with fiscal year-ends between January and June 2019 for our integrated audits. These agencies demonstrated... Thu, 05 Dec 2019 10:02:00 -0600 Annual: Annual Report on Operations for the Year Ended March 31, 2019 https://auditor.sk.ca/publications/our-annual-report-on-operations/item?id=157 Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:44:00 -0600 News: Backgrounder: 2019 Report"Volume 1 https://auditor.sk.ca/news/news-releases/item?id=115 Read BackgrounderChapter 4: Auditing Producer Returns for Non-Renewable ResourcesThe Ministry of Energy and Resources remains several years behind in its audits of non-renewable potash and uranium royalty and tax returns. Producers pay about $1.1 billion (201718) in taxes and royalties on their production of oil, potash, uranium, and coal each year. The Ministry uses its audits of producer returns as the primary way to validate the accuracy and completeness of remitted taxes and... Thu, 06 Jun 2019 16:37:00 -0600 News: 2019 Report"Volume 1: Provincial Auditor Finds Ineffective Processes to Maintain Saskatoon-Area Health Care Facilities https://auditor.sk.ca/news/news-releases/item?id=114 Health care facilities in the City of Saskatoon and surrounding area need a comprehensive risk-based maintenance planRead News Release Saskatchewan Health Authority (201718):Over 40,000 employees~$4 billion annual expenses 270 facilities province-wide averaging 40 years of age~$130 million spent on infrastructure additions and improvements~$60 million annual spending on repair and maintenance$3.3... Thu, 06 Jun 2019 16:31:00 -0600 News: 2019 Report"Volume 1: Provincial Auditor Examines Opioid Prescribing and Dispensing Practices in Saskatchewan https://auditor.sk.ca/news/news-releases/item?id=113 Recommendations for risk-based monitoring approaches in pharmacies, new IT tools and reviewing patient medication histories to curb opioid misuseRead News Release REGINA, SK., June 6, 2019: In her 2019 Report Volume 1, Chapter 7, Provincial Auditor of Saskatchewan, Judy Ferguson, calls for the Ministry of Health to consider whether its monitoring activities of Saskatchewan opioid prescribing and dispensing practices is sufficient to reduce opioid misuse and abuse.For the... Thu, 06 Jun 2019 16:23:00 -0600 News: 2019 Report"Volume 1: Provincial Auditor Reviews Accuracy and Reliability of Saskatchewans Speed Camera Fines https://auditor.sk.ca/news/news-releases/item?id=112 Recommendations include refining SGI's monitoring of rejected violations, among others, to improve its Automated Speed Enforcement ProgramRead News ReleaseREGINA, SK., June 6, 2019: In her 2019 Report Volume 1, Chapter 11, Provincial Auditor of Saskatchewan, Judy Ferguson, found SGI, on behalf of the Auto Fund, does a good job operating the now permanent Automated Speed Enforcement Program under The Traffic Safety Act and related regulations to reduce speed-related... Thu, 06 Jun 2019 16:18:00 -0600 News: 2019 Report"Volume 1: Provincial Auditor Scrutinizes eHealths Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policies https://auditor.sk.ca/news/news-releases/item?id=111 Clear vendor-sponsored travel and procurement policies neededRead News ReleaseREGINA, SK., June 6, 2019: In her 2019 Report Volume 1, Chapter 3, Provincial Auditor of Saskatchewan, Judy Ferguson, recommends improvements for eHealth Saskatchewan to improve its policies and processes to mitigate vendor influence and related conflicts of interest.At times, eHealth accepts vendor-paid training and development opportunities from its vendors. In spring 2018, eHealth acted after it... Thu, 06 Jun 2019 09:35:00 -0600 Reports: 2019 Report Volume 1 https://auditor.sk.ca/publications/public-reports/item?id=156 Our spring 2019 Report includes results from annual integrated audits, 32 follow-up audits and nine performance audits.Overall, the 50 agencies that we audited for our integrated audits demonstrate sound financial controls, comply with financial-related laws, and prepare reliable financial statements. Appendix 1 lists these agencies.Follow-up audits are audits of implementation status of past recommendations resulting from prior perfomance audits. On an overall basis, agencies fully... Thu, 06 Jun 2019 09:00:00 -0600 News: Provincial Auditor of Saskatchewan, Judy Ferguson, releasing her 2019 Report"Volume 1 on June 6, 2019 https://auditor.sk.ca/news/news-releases/item?id=110 READ MEDIA ADVISORY**NOTE: Location change from Saskatchewan Legislature to Elections Saskatchewan Office due to renovationsREPORT COPIES Embargoed hard copies of the 2019 Report Volume 1 and news releases/backgrounder will be available in Office 301 at Elections Saskatchewan from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM (CST) on Thursday, June 6, 2019.Media will be required to sign a non-disclosure embargo agreement in effect until the Report is tabled.The Speaker of the... Thu, 30 May 2019 11:54:00 -0600 News: April Serink Joins the Office as our Communications Specialist https://auditor.sk.ca/news/news-releases/item?id=109 REGINA, SK., April 26, 2019 The Office of the Provincial Auditor is pleased to announce that April Serink joined us in the position of Communications Specialist as part of the Support Services team. This position's responsibilities include overseeing all media relations; providing strategic communications advice and support; researching, writing and editing communications materials; managing social media; and implementing the strategic communications plan.Coupled with her previous... Mon, 29 Apr 2019 16:02:00 -0600 Business: Business and Financial Plan for the Year Ended March 31, 2020 https://auditor.sk.ca/publications/our-business-and-financial-plans/item?id=154 Sun, 31 Mar 2019 09:00:00 -0600 Reports: 2018 Report Volume 2 https://auditor.sk.ca/publications/public-reports/item?id=155 This report covers subjects such as analyzing surgical biopsies in labs efficiently, preventing and controlling hospital-acquired infections, triaging emergency department patients in hospitals, maintaining above-ground power distribution assets, preventing and controlling infections in long-term care homes, rehabilitating adult inmates, investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect, protecting children in care, and awarding arts grants impartially and transparently.Materials... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:00:00 -0600 News: 2018 Report - Volume 2: Provincial Auditor looks at the Saskatchewan Health Authoritys processes to analyze surgical biopsies, prevent and control hospital-acquired infections, and triage emergency department patients https://auditor.sk.ca/news/news-releases/item?id=106 REGINA, Sask., December 11, 2018 In her 2018 Report Volume 2, Provincial Auditor Judy Ferguson highlights areas for the Saskatchewan Health Authority to improve when analyzing and diagnosing surgical biopsies at its Regina and Saskatoon labs, and preventing and controlling hospital-acquired infections in Regina hospitals. In addition, she reports the Authority has improved some of its processes to triage patients in its Saskatoon hospital emergency departments, but more work is... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:00:00 -0600 News: 2018 Report - Volume 2: Auditor: Better processes needed for maintaining certain SaskPower above-ground power distribution assets https://auditor.sk.ca/news/news-releases/item?id=107 REGINA, Sask., December 11, 2018 In her 2018 Report Volume 2, released today, Provincial Auditor Judy Ferguson reports that SaskPower has good processes in place to maintain its over one million wood poles (its most significant above-ground power distribution asset), but needs to improve those used to maintain its other above-ground power distribution assets.Above-ground power distribution assets include wood poles, overhead switches, poletop transformers, and power-line conductors... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:00:00 -0600