At the heart of audits is a very deliberate move to identify and mitigate against risk. Unfortunately, there has always been the misconception that is captured aptly by Sir Charles Lyell, 1997 – 1875 that, “An auditor is a man who watches the battle from the safety of the hills and then comes down to bayonet the wounded” This misconstruction could never be further from the truth. It has led the audit process to be viewed with great anxiety, dread, apprehension, and disquiet.
A Comptroller Audit is carried out periodically to examine fiscal affairs in states and local governments. They are geared towards guaranteeing fair, justifiable, effective, efficient, and equitable appropriation of taxpayer money by states and local governments in the day-to-day execution of their obligations at various capacities. They provide solutions to improved fiscal management equip officials with the knowledge requisite for efficient and effective management of financial operations.
1. Opening Conference
The comptroller audit process begins with notification of the body/agency to be audited about the process and is invited to provide input. It is at this initial level that audit team members are introduced. The lead auditor chairs the conference.
2. Preliminary Audit Survey
The second step, Preliminary Audit Survey, is one of the most important tools the audit team will need before embarking on the main audit effort. It culminates in an audit program that highlights areas of interest.
3. Fieldwork Phase
This is typically the longest undertaking in the entire audit operation and is done onsite. The process is used to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of the subject’s operations and processes and identifies noncompliance.
4. Preliminary Findings
The lead auditor or any other designated auditor takes the appropriate official through a draft report that gives priority-rated insights on findings, recommendations, and conclusions for each audit segment that was audited. Early adoption is highly recommended.
5. Closing conference / meeting
Audits ultimately culminate in this meeting where the auditors discuss audit results with the appropriate.
6. Reconciliation Conference
Resolution of outstanding issues is done at this level.
7. Independent Audit Review
Third-party are invited at this level to attempt resolutions of issues that may still be in dispute.
Audit schedules are finalized at this level and results presented to the public.
This is done by the lead auditor.
Occasioned when the taxpayer contests audit results. It is followed amendments. Generally, taxpayers will agree with changes and an amendment is generated.