Auditor general office under budget in 2021-22
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Manitoba’s auditor general produced nine reports and came in under budget, according to an annual operations review released Thursday.
Auditor general Tyson Shtykalo said in the 80-page document the nine reports in 2021-22 included subjects such as Manitoba’s implementation of Path to Reconciliation Act, aging information systems, and the education department’s leadership of the K-12 COVID-19 pandemic response.
At the same time, the auditor general’s office was dealing with its own pandemic response while getting the job done, Shtykalo said.
“Our office was closed to the public for much of the year, and staff continued to work remotely when feasible,” he wrote, noting the office reopened in April.
“We overcame the challenges brought on by the pandemic, and as a team, I believe we are stronger than ever.”
Salaries and benefits were under budget by $681,000, or 12 per cent, due to several factors including resignations and retirements, maternity leave and some staff working a reduced work week and taking up to 20 days of unpaid leave, with no impact to their pensionable earnings.
Operating expenses were also under budget, by $464,000 or 32 per cent, the auditor general reported.
The office under-spent the professional fees budget by about $287,000, due to lower-than-anticipated need for outside assistance and external experts. The professional development budget was under-spent by $66,000, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the unavailability of in-person professional development opportunities and conferences.
The information technology budget was under-spent by about $64,000, due to decreased costs for software licensing and IT support. The travel and parking budget fell by about $22,000, due to decreased travel and working from home during the pandemic, the auditor reported.
The Auditor General Act requires all unspent funds be repaid to the minister of finance at the end of the fiscal year. The act establishes the auditor general as an officer of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly to provide it with independent information, advice and assurance.
It doesn’t entitle the auditor general to question the merits of policy objectives of government when conducting financial statement and project audits.