Ulster County Comptroller Staff Joins National Auditor’s TeamJun 21st, 2013 | By HV Insider | Category: Featured Articles
Ulster County Comptroller Elliott Auerbach announced his office’s membership in the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) and its participation in their Peer Review Program. Two staff members, Director of Internal Audit and Control Ronald E. Clum, CPA and Senior Auditor Elizabeth Weredyk participated in the ALGA Annual Conference Peer Review Workshop and joined government auditors from around the nation as a prerequisite for becoming a team member on the ALGA Peer Review Team.
ALGA developed the Peer Review Program to assist local government audit organizations in meeting the profession’s peer review requirements, while keeping costs to those local governments down.
Government Auditing Standards, promulgated by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), establishes professional standards for conducting audits in government. Those standards require audit organizations to receive an external peer review at least once every three years.
The objective of a peer review is to determine whether an audit organization’s quality control system is suitably designed and is in place and operating effectively. A peer review also provides assurance that an audit organization is following its established policies and procedures and applicable auditing standards, the same measures we as auditors hold everyone else to.
Qualified members of ALGA can be peer reviewed by other ALGA entities at significantly reduced costs to ensure their continued adherence to best practice. ALGA members are also qualified to conduct peer reviews of other government entities, an experience which broadens the reviewing entity’s exposure to innovative practices in government finance and efficiencies throughout the nation.
Said Auerbach of the membership, “it increases our Office’s transparency to the People of Ulster, ensures our professionalism and broadens our exposure to best practices. It also allows us to examine pitfalls in local government around the Country, knowledge which will benefit Ulster.”