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Publications produced during 2018

This is a list of the publications produced in 2018 (the most recent items are listed first).
Observations from our 2016/17 central government audits
May 2018: Letter sent on 16 May 2018 to chief executives of government departments and Crown entities by Greg Schollum, Deputy Controller and Auditor-General sharing some observations on common issues and noteworthy practice from our 2016/17 annual audits.
Monitoring how water is used for irrigation
May 2018: This is our first of seven audits that will look at how public organisations manage water. For this audit, we looked at how freshwater used for irrigation is tracked and measured. This included looking at how well water meter installation was managed, the quality of data collected from water meters, how the data was used, and whether this was leading to positive changes in the way water is used. We focused on five regional councils and one unitary council from six different regions.
Draft annual plan 2018/19
May 2018: Under section 36 of the Public Audit Act 2001, the Auditor-General is required to consult the House of Representatives each year on a draft annual plan that describes our proposed work programme for the next financial year. This year we have revised aspects of how we present our work programme to more clearly represent the diverse range of work that we do, including our theme-based work, and to show its alignment with The Auditor-General’s strategic intentions to 2025.
How the Overseas Investment Office uses information
April 2018: We carried out a review that focused on the OIO's use of information within the context of the governing legislation and ministerial direction. We wanted to know whether the OIO was collecting and using the right information at the right time to support good decisions. We found that the OIO does provide the decision-maker with the right information to recommend whether consent for an investment should be granted. In the applications we reviewed, the OIO collected, considered, and used information carefully in preparing recommendations and provided the decision-maker with a comprehensive file of information to support its recommendations. It consistently addressed all the required criteria and supported the views it had taken.
Local government: Results of the 2016/17 audits
March 2018: This report presents the results of our annual audits and other work in local government during 2016/17. Some of our findings are recurring, which is of concern. Elected members are ultimately responsible for what a local authority does, how it does it, and the consequences. We acknowledge the multiple demands on local authorities to balance service delivery and costs, and we hope that the findings in this report make a useful contribution to addressing matters that need to be considered.
Inland Revenue Department: Procurement for the Business Transformation programme
March 2018: We decided to look at whether the Inland Revenue Department's Business Transformation Programme's procurement is effective, is well managed, and complies with relevant rules and other requirements. As well as looking at Inland Revenue's overall approach to procurement, we focused on two parts of the procurement process: sourcing goods and services; and managing relationships with suppliers.
Infrastructure as a Service: Are the benefits being achieved?
February 2018: We carried out a performance audit that looked at whether organisations using Infrastructure as a Service and the wider public sector were achieving the benefits expected from it.
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