By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter
The Auditor General’s annual report for the year 2011-2012 should be prepared, completed and submitted within the next three weeks, Auditor General Dorothy Bradley said Wednesday.
According to Bradley her office has almost completed that audit after having received financial statements from the Accountant General Veronica Smith almost three months ago.
Bradley said that her office has submitted several queries to Smith and are expecting a response sometime soon but expects the audit to be closed within the next several weeks.
Bradley explained that after receiving the financial statements from the Accountant General her office has three months to prepare their report and said that completing that audit is her office’s number one priority at the moment.
Bradley said she had assigned different teams to audit different portions of the statements from the Accountant General. A total of nine statements are compiled by the Accountant General’s office and then one general ‘Asset/Liability statement’ is then submitted to the Auditor General for audit.
Bradley also indicated that she was notified by the Accountant General’s office that she could expect the financial statements for the year 2012-2013 very soon and once she has received those documents, her office would then have three months to prepare that annual report in accordance with the Financial and Audit Reform Act.
Bradley said, however, she was hoping to have completed the audit her office is currently working on before embarking on the annual report for 2012-2013.
Prior to receiving financial statements from the Accountant General in May, Bradley had complained that she had not received about three years worth of financial statements.
Joseph Waight, Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, later explained that the delay was due to technical difficulties and the Ministry had taken steps to correct the problem.