Parliamentary Question: DCS: Auditor- General’s Report

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Ms B C Blaai (Cope) to ask the Minister of Correctional Services:

Whether her department has instituted improved systems in overall financial management and monitoring in line with the suggestions highlighted in the Auditor-General’s Report on National Outcomes 2009-10 (details furnished); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

REPLY

Yes; the department has initiated processes to improve the systems in overall financial management and control in respect of suggestions highlighted in the Auditor-General’s Report on National Outcomes 2009/10.

The following actions are performed:

Monthly and interim financial statements are prepared to increase monitoring and evaluation practices within the Department.

Appropriation Statements have also been prepared on a monthly basis in order to improve financial management

Monthly meetings between Department of Correctional Servics and National Treasury (Office of the Accountant-General) take place to assess progress on audit qualification.

Monthly asset spot-checks and monitoring visits (including officials from Office of Auditor General) are taking place
496 interns have been appointed and deployed to all management areas to assist with asset verification

Monthly asset reconciliations to the asset register are being performed



Asset management information sessions to increase awareness have been scheduled and attended by the relevant officials