Monthly Archives: September 2016

Improving Procurement Performance

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) published, in September 2016, a report related to offshore processing centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea. It is very timely and informative for the UK Government, given the Brexit outcome. The Australian Government was anxious to avoid asylum seekers risking their lives on boat journeys to Australia, hence […]

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Why Isn’t Fraud Found Earlier? – An Indictment!

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

WHY ISN’T FRAUD FOUND EARLIER? – AN INDICTMENT! We have, in the past, heard our clients say ‘It couldn’t happen here.’ This is a genuinely held belief when it comes to fraudulent practice. Our professional work requires continuing research into ‘goings on’ that impact on our work and our client’s corporate reputation. Events at the […]

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The Year of the Horse or the Year of the Procurement Audit

Friday, January 31st, 2014

To the Chinese this is the Year of the Horse.  On the first of April we start the New Financial Year for Public Sector bodies. Will this be the Year of the Procurement Audit? Here is why it is likely! In November 2013, the Audit Commission in its report “Protecting the Public Purse” stated that […]

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Taxi Fraud

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Crown Prosecution Service – Taxi Fraud It was widely reported in last week’s press that two Crown Prosecution Service workers were each jailed for six years, for swindling £1million from the taxpayers in fake taxi receipts. It was reported that the fraud was uncovered after an annual audit, and, that two previous audits had not uncovered the […]

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The Auditor’s Auditor.

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Who Audits the Auditors? We have been reading a “Contract Award Manual”. The content relating to procurement begs the question regarding auditor’s competencies to, on an informed basis, audit the specifics of a deal. There is a section on “Negotiation” It states: The auditors review of purchasing procedures should determine whether: a)      Buyers are required […]

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Risk at the Airports Authority

Friday, April 12th, 2013

“Weak policies and procedures have led to questionable procurement practices, mismanagement and a lack of overall accountability.” The OIG Audit report AV-2013-006, issued Nov 1, 2012 in regard to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) is compelling reading. Any alert organisation will ask a rhetorical question, “Could this be happening to us?” Some will find […]

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Auditing the Auditor

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Auditing the Auditor The 2011/2012 report by the Auditor General, Singapore, provides some fascinating reading. Not least of which is the report into lapses in selection of Firms for Audit Shared Service Scheme. The Auditor General’s Office (AGO)  audited the “Request for Proposal” (RFP ) called by the Singapore Sports Council  (SSC) to select a […]

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