Internal audit key compliance attributes

Key compliance attributes provide pertinent information to Canadians and parliamentarians on the professionalism, performance and impact of the internal audit function in departments. These are not performance measures and no targets are attached.  

Publishing key compliance attributes of internal audit

The oversight of resources used throughout the federal government is conducted by professional and objective internal auditors that are independent of departmental management.

Heads of organizations are responsible for ensuring that internal audits in the department are carried out. The process complies with the Institute of Internal Auditors International Professional Practices Framework.

Departments with an internal audit function are required to publish key attributes of compliance. These attributes have been selected because they demonstrate that, at a minimum, the fundamental elements necessary for oversight are:

  • in place
  • operating as intended
  • achieving results

The key attributes of compliance with the policy and standards are:

  • internal auditors trained to effectively perform the work
  • audit work that comply with the international standards for the profession
  • audit work performed according to a systematically developed risk-based audit plan:
    • which has been approved by the head of the organization
    • that results in management actions being taken in response to report recommendations
  • audit work perceived as adding value in the pursuit of organizational objectives
Results of key compliance attributes
Key compliance attributes Results as of June 8, 2018
% of staff with an internal audit or accounting designation [Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)] 53%
% of staff with an internal audit or accounting designation (CIA, CPA) in progress 18%
% of staff holding other designations (CGAP, CISA, etc.) 18%
Date of last comprehensive briefing to the Departmental Audit Committee on the internal processes, tools and information considered necessary to evaluate conformance with the IIA Code of Ethics and the Standards and the results of the quality assurance and improvement program (QAIP) June 2018
Date of last external assessment March 2016
Risk-based Audit Plan and related information Refer to Table 1: Risk-based audit plan and related information.
Average overall usefulness rating from upper senior management of areas audited 100% of senior management rated the overall usefulness of the audits as ‘Good’ to ‘Excellent’.

The Comptroller General has the authority to amend these attributes, should there be changes in the internal audit environment and/or due to the evolving maturity of the internal audit function.

Table 1: Risk-based Audit Plan and related information
Internal audit title Audit status Report approved date Report published date Original planned Management Action Plan (MAP) completion date Implementation status
Audit of IT Asset Management Planned - - - -
Continuous Auditing In progress - - - -
Audit of Firearms In progress - - - -
Audit of Physical and Personnel Security   In progress - - - -
Review of OPP Program Level High Risk Areas In progress - - - -
Audit of Grants and Contributions Planned - - - -

Additions and adjustments to the internal audits listed in the Departmental Plan may have occurred in order to address emerging risks and priorities of the organization. Going forward, audits from past fiscal years will remain listed in the table until 100% MAP implementation is achieved. Audit engagements will remain listed on the site for a minimum period of 6 months after 100% implementation has been achieved and published.

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