October 22, 2021
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Government Audit Watch
A report from the Labor Department Office of Inspector General says OSHA has left "more workers at risk for exposure to silica" as a result of limited enforcement of a 2016 rule. OSHA has responded by saying it has postponed enforcement to let businesses achieve compliance.
Full Story: Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (10/1) 
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The Missouri House of Representatives Children and Families House Committee met this month to discuss a recent report that said Missouri's foster care system rarely attempted to reduce children's risk of going missing and failed to protect children who did disappear from the system. The Inspector General's office wants the state to develop better policies for children at risk for going missing.
Full Story: KOMU-TV (Columbia, Mo.) (10/5) 
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The inspector general for the Small Business Administration determined that the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program provided $4.5 billion in grants that should not have been paid as a result of administrators failing to adhere to internal guidelines. A large number of grant recipients failed to provide an Employer Identification Number and erroneously received the maximum $10,000 payout.
Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/7) 
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Pharmacy owner gives COVID vaccine to ages 7-11
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Liz Banchs, owner and president of Farmacia Gabriela in Puerto Rico, faces up to five years in prison after entering a guilty plea to engaging in a felony conspiracy to convert government property and to commit health care fraud. Authorities said Banchs conspired with employees of her company's pharmacy to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 to children ages 7 to 11, although the vaccine is only approved for ages 12 and older.
Full Story: Department of Justice (9/27) 
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Risk Management
Companies should shift their risk management priorities to line up with business goals, short-term and longer, Moira Alexander writes as part of a look at three risk management priorities for chief information officers. "CIOs are sharpening their focus on ensuring their teams have real-time data to identify emerging risks and to make faster decisions," Alexander writes.
Full Story: TechRepublic (10/13) 
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Regulation & Compliance
Officials in Dallas are considering creating an inspector general office, along with measures such as increased training, as part of an ethics overhaul. The proposal also includes simplifying the city's ethics code and making campaign finance reports clearer.
Full Story: KDFW-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth) (9/27) 
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Fraud & Ethics
FCC inspector general launches social accounts
OIG is using social media to raise awareness and encourage people to come forward with information about FCC-related waste or fraud.
Full Story: Radio World (10/20) 
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Elected and appointed officials in Wilmington, Del., along with municipal employees, will be required to undergo annual ethics training sessions to help modernize the city's ethics code. "What we're floating in the training is educating folks regarding certain provisions of the code relating to conflict of interest, we need to be impartial, potential abuse of office, prohibited political activities," says Ethics Commission chair Bill Johnston.
Full Story: Delaware Public Media (10/14) 
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Technology
Technology has opened up financial auditing by not having to rely on sample sets of data and instead can look at all the data. "You can not only better identify risk … but you can also better understand the contours," says Wes Bricker of PwC.
Full Story: Journal of Accountancy online (10/13) 
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PSAC News
Webinar: DE&I Strategic Initiatives within Procurement Processes
This December webinar will explore how public sector Internal Audit can objectively assess management's efforts to mitigate fraud, waste, and abuse within its procurement practices while providing valuable recommendations for managing equity initiatives and measuring their performance. This course will cover hot topics while providing auditors practical ways to assess the procurement function of a public sector entity, including a case study for a local government entity. Register now.
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ISO & Three Lines Model Knowledge Brief
Download the latest Global Knowledge Brief from The IIA. The new ISO 37000 guidance and The IIA's Three Lines Model -- two accounts of governance -- are closely aligned. This new Knowledge Brief shows how the Three Lines Model fits elegantly alongside the more detailed and systems-oriented ISO guidance. IIA members, access now.
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