What Are Internal Auditors Responsible For?
The Office of Internal Audit is responsible for conducting audits on all aspects of VDH operations resulting in recommendations that should reduce costs, improve operational efficiency and effectiveness, strengthen internal controls, and achieve compliance with laws, regulations, and policy.
We gather information on how VDH is operating through value-added, transparent and independent audits and evaluations. Audit objectives and related risks can be broadly classified into one or more of the following categories:
- Operations: Effectiveness and efficiency of operations;
- Reporting: Reliability of reporting for internal and external use; and
- Compliance: Compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Our audits provide the opportunity to reflect and ask the following questions:
- Are we making progress towards our compliance goals?
- Is risk being managed effectively?
- Are policies and procedures being applied correctly?
- Could they be improved?
Routine internal audits ensure such questions are answered by:
- Monitoring, analyzing and assessing the risks and controls of the organization.
- Reviewing the organization’s compliance with state and federal policies and laws.
- Assessing the adequacy, effectiveness, and application of administrative and financial internal controls.
- Making reassurances and recommendations.
- Coordinating activities with external auditors such as Auditor of Public Accounts; monitor the status and resolution of agency corrective action plans in accordance with Department of Accounts (DOA) requirements.
- Performing special investigations at the request of agency management, and/or through the Fraud, Waste, and Abuse hotline as referred to VDH by the Office of the State Inspector General.
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Virginia Department of Health
ATTN: Office of Internal Audit
109 Governor Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Please refer to the Internal Audit Charter for more information on the Office of Internal Audit’s responsibilities, authority, independence and objectivity, and efforts to conform to The Institute of Internal Auditors’ Standards.