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Table 9: Response to Parliamentary Committees, and Audits and Evaluations

This section includes the internal audits and program evaluation reports issued by WD.

Challenges for 2007-2008

  1. Challenges in implementing the new policy on Internal Audit.
  2. Establishing an external audit committee.
  3. Establishing a wrongdoing/internal disclosure function.
  4. Strengthening staff capacity of audit and evaluation by staffing both audit and evaluation positions.

Internal Audit

WD audits its programs and operations to ensure that they are in compliance with established policies, procedures and government regulations. Audit reports are issued to WD management with conclusions on performance and recommendations for improvements. Audits provide assurances and conclusions based upon professional standards of evidence, analysis and reporting.

Evaluation and Impact Assessments

WD also conducts assessments of the relevance, success and cost-effectiveness of its programs and initiatives. These evaluation reports provide WD management with relevant, timely and objective information to guide decision-making. Evaluation and impact assessment reporting is critical to help demonstrate the results achieved from departmental programs and initiatives.
Response to Parliamentary Committees
None – There were no recommendations during 2007-2008 from Parliamentary Committees.
Response to the Auditor General of Canada, including to the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (CESD)
Environmental Petition 223-Green procurement and use of recycled paper by federal government departments.  Petition was received November 2007.  This petition is about the federal government’s commitment to implement a green procurement policy.  The following link provides WD’s response to the petition: - wd
Chapter 1, Sustainable Development Strategies by the OAG October 2007
Chapter 9, Sustainable Development Strategies by the OAG June 2007
SDS Audit, Draft Project Report for WD, June 2007
Chapter 10, Environmental Petitions Retrospective Study and Annual Report, June 2007
External Audits (Note: These refer to other external audits conducted by the Public Service Commission of Canada or the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages.)