NL auditor general reports on government departments

Terry Paddon raises issues at Eastern Health; concerns with monitoring of oil royalties

Published on January 23, 2014
Auditor general Terry Paddon speaks today to media following the release of his report highlighting problems and areas of concern in spending by various provincial government departments. — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

Newfoundland and Labrador auditor general (AG) Terry Paddon issued his latest report this morning, highlighting problems and areas of concern in spending by various government departments.

The annual AG report is a presentation of review work completed by his office over the past year.

“Our objective is to ensure that government operations are conducted in an appropriate manner,” Paddon told reporters, shortly after 10:30 a.m., while presenting the summary document at his office in Mount Pearl.

The report released today covers a variety of topics.

Click on the links to reach our accompanying, preliminary stories from what the AG has highlighted:

• The Eastern Health Regional Authority

• Fee-for-service physicians: The audit process

    “Auditor general targets Eastern health finances in latest report”

• Administration of fines within the Department of Justice

• The provincial waste management strategy

    "Open burning of garbage continues"   

• Support for the cranberry industry

    “Cranberry program fails to meet goals”

• Monitoring of oil royalties paid to the provincial government

    “Oil money potentially being lost with delayed auditing: AG”

• Bridge inspection and monitoring

   "Bridges in worse shape than ever"

• Use of contracted and chartered air services by government staff

     "ATVs, snowmobiles, campers found in government hangar — New waterbomber left in cold in 2011 due to lack of heated space"

 

The report released today from the AG’s offices comes in addition to a report Paddon filed last week, focused on the overall state of the province’s finances for the year ended March 31, 2013.

In addition to these, Paddon has promised another report this year, again looking at work within individual government departments.

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