Hotline Complaint Involving Auditor Independence at a Field Audit Office in the Defense Contract Audit Agency Western Region
INSPECTOR GENERAL DEPT OF DEFENSE ARLINGTON VA
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We reviewed a DoD Hotline complaint concerning the relocation of an auditor in the Defense Contract Audit Agencys DCAA Western Region for independence reasons. According to the complaint, the auditors independence was not impaired, and management should not have acted on a DoD contractors request to relocate the auditor. We determined that the relocation of the auditor was justified. However, our review disclosed that DCAA field audit office management failed to take measures necessary to eliminate the auditors independence impairment in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards. DCAA did not reassign three audits affected by the independence impairment to another auditor for completion. In addition, DCAA field audit office management did not initiate an investigation of DoD contractor complaints made against the auditor, even though some of the complaints would have constituted misconduct. In May 2011, we issued a Notice of Concern to the Director of DCAA, recommending several corrective actions for eliminating the independence impairment and improving related controls. In response to our Notice of Concern, DCAA took several actions. Among them, DCAA management rescinded an audit report issued on one of the audits affected by the impairment, and assigned the audit to another field audit office to redo and supervise assigned the other two audits affected by the impairment to another field audit office for completion issued an alert to all DCAA employees which emphasized the need to fully eliminate independence impairments in a timely manner and revised its training on the identification and removal of auditor independence impairments.
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