University of California President Janet Napolitano acted improperly by authorizing a plan to review survey responses from aides before submitting them to the state auditor, the Board of Regents said last week. Napolitano issued an apology acknowledging "poor judgment."
A Kansas Republican candidate for governor and two Democrats have in recent weeks acknowledged the need for a state auditor. The state has faced scrutiny recently over a series of media reports highlighting lack of transparency.
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Public Company Accounting Oversight Board inspectors found audit deficiencies most often in three recurring areas in 2016 inspections, according to a staff brief. Firms can take steps to improve performance in these areas in future audits, according to the brief.
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The California Board of Equalization hired several family members of state lawmakers and officials under questionable circumstances, finds an audit by the State Personnel Board. The tax agency will not be allowed to make hires without approval from the state human resources department.
The Chemical Safety Board has decided to scrap its recommendations for worker participation and whistleblower protection on offshore oil rigs after the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said it wouldn't enforce such regulations. The recommendations were put forward following the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010.
ACGA Knowledge Brief: Political Pressures Faced by Internal Auditors in the Public Sector
Public sector governance structures provide internal audit with less independence than is often afforded internal audit in the private sector. Add in political pressures from constituents and public officials' concern with re-election, and internal audit can be caught in very difficult situations. Read more.
Cybersecurity and policy professionals have been allowed for the first time to study the White House's vulnerabilities equities process, used to determine which hacking tools to keep and which to let technology companies fix. The White House has released a charter that describes the process.
Among the 1,531 internal auditor participants in a recent poll, 78 percent say they have general crisis response procedures. Nearly two-thirds indicate their companies have a first response team assigned, but less than half test the scenario response. See the poll results.
Knowledge brief: leading millennials
Millennials make up a large segment of the workforce, and careers with government organizations can potentially fill their need to contribute to the common good. What do millennials need to succeed, and how can leaders harness their talents? Read more.
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