Last Updated: 2010-01-13

How was my department selected for audit/review?

The City Auditor decides which departments or agencies should be part of the annual audit plan. Several factors are considered and analyzed, including risk assessment, known deficiencies, political sensitivities, major changes, magnitude of funding, and requests from city administration, City Council or management.

What should I do if I suspect fraud, waste or abuse of City resources?

If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of city resources, you should contact the city's Fraud Squad either by phone (804)646-5697 or you can filing a report online at www.richmondfraudsquad.org. Reports can be made anonymously. See the Fraud Squad website for potential rewards if costs savings are recognized!

Who receives the audit report?

The audit report is distributed to the department director, chief administrator's office, City Council, the Mayor's Chief of Staff, the City Clerk and the Audit Committee. In accordance with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS), Chapter 8 - Reporting Standards for Performance Audits our reports are also made available to the public via our website.

Who audits the auditor?

A Peer Review Team "audits the auditor" every three years. As promulgated by Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS), the City Auditors Office is subject to review by a Peer Review Team that is independent of the audit organization. Peer Review Team members consist of experienced auditors specifically trained in the peer review process. The Peer Review is coordinated by the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA). See our link for the most recent Peer Review results.

To whom does the City Auditor Report?

The City Auditor reports to the City Council with an advisory reporting relationship to the council-appointed Audit Committee.

What role does the City Audit Department have within the organization?

The City Auditor's Office provides auditing and investigative services to promote accountability over resources, efficiencies in operations, effectiveness of programs, and compliance with laws, regulations, and policies. The objective of these services is to make city government transparent to the citizens through audit and investigative reports.

How does the audit process help my department?

Through the audit process our goal is to help management: enhance controls, maximize efficiency and effectiveness within the department, provide cost savings and revenue enhancement, increase awareness of internal controls, deter fraud and strengthen the effectiveness of management's decision making process.

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