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Publication date: 1 November 1999

Mary Bowerman and Shirley Hawksworth

Reflects on the findings of a questionnaire survey of senior local government internal auditors. The questionnaire elicited views of the internal auditors on the…

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Reflects on the findings of a questionnaire survey of senior local government internal auditors. The questionnaire elicited views of the internal auditors on the usefulness of the comparative performance information and national reports produced by the Audit Commission. It also asked about perceptions of the emerging audit regime proposed under best value. The findings suggest that internal audit is not wholly convinced about the usefulness of the outputs of their external audit counterparts and do not expect to see major positive impacts as a result of the extended role of external monitoring proposed under best value.

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Managerial Auditing Journal, vol. 14 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0268-6902

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Publication date: 1 January 2003

Daniel Gilling

This article reviews the progress of local partnership to date, first by examining the contents of the recent Audit Commission review report on Community Safety…

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This article reviews the progress of local partnership to date, first by examining the contents of the recent Audit Commission review report on Community Safety Partnerships, and then by providing a critique of this report, based upon the author's own research and knowledge of local community safety policy and practice.

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Safer Communities, vol. 2 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1757-8043

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Publication date: 1 December 1994

Rocco R. Vanasco

Highlights the role played by the Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC), the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the American Institute ofCertified Public Accountants…

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Highlights the role played by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the Treadway Commission, and other professional organizations in furthering the establishment of audit committees in the USA. In the international arena, the UK Cadbury Committee, the Australian Borsch Committee, and the Canadian Macdonald Commission have influenced the widespread use of corporate audit committees in their respective countries. The guidelines on audit committees set by the IIA, AICPA, SEC, and the Treadway Commission have had a tremendous impact worldwide. Cultural differences may, however, limit the formation and effectiveness of audit committees globally even though auditing is a relatively homogeneous profession. The Institute of Internal Auditors, as an international professional association, may wish to consider the cultural dimensions of corporate governance in formulating professional internal auditing standards dealing with the structure and functions of audit committees internationally.

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Managerial Auditing Journal, vol. 9 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0268-6902

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Publication date: 1 August 1995

Rocco R. Vanasco, Clifford R. Skousen and Curtis C. Verschoor

Professional accounting associations in various countries andgovernmental and other quasi‐official bodies have played an importantrole not only in the evolution of…

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Professional accounting associations in various countries and governmental and other quasi‐official bodies have played an important role not only in the evolution of internal control reporting on a global scale, but also in educating management, investors, financial institutions, accountants, auditors, and other interested parties highlighting the pervasiveness of the effects of a sound internal control structure in corporate reporting as well as other aspects of an organization′s success. These associations include the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the General Accounting Office (GAO), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Cadbury Committee, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW), the Scottish Institute of Chartered Accountants (SICA), the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), and others. Business failures, management fraud, corporate misconduct, international bribery, and notorious business scandals in all sectors of business have prompted the US government to take drastic action on internal control reporting to safeguard public interest. Several professional and government committees were formed to study this precarious situation: the Treadway Commission, the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO) of the Treadway Commission, the Packard Commission, the Cohen Commission, the Adams Commission in Canada, the Cadbury Committee in the UK, and others. The principal motivation for the changing dynamics has been growing public pressure for greater corporate accountability. The government′s pressure on the accounting profession and management of public corporations has been pivotal in spearheading internal control reporting. Examines the role of professional associations, governmental agencies, and others in promulgating standards for internal control reporting, and the impact of legislation on this aspect of internal auditing in the USA and worldwide.

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Managerial Auditing Journal, vol. 10 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0268-6902

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Publication date: 1 December 1996

Rocco R. Vanasco

Examines the role of professional associations, governmental agencies, and international accounting and auditing bodies in promulgating standards to foster auditor…

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Examines the role of professional associations, governmental agencies, and international accounting and auditing bodies in promulgating standards to foster auditor independence domestically and abroad. Focuses specifically on the role played by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the Securities and Exchange Commission and the US Government Accounting Office. Also looks at other professional associations in banking, industry, and manufacturing sectors dealing with sensitive issues of auditors′ involvement in such matters as management advisory services, operating responsibilities, outsourcing, opinion shopping, auditor rotation, and other conflicts of interest which may impair auditor independence.

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Managerial Auditing Journal, vol. 11 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0268-6902

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Publication date: 1 December 2001

Mik Wisniewski and Derek Stewart

The new Labour Government elected in the UK in 1997 has a declared commitment to the modernisation of local government and has proposed radical change to the way councils…

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The new Labour Government elected in the UK in 1997 has a declared commitment to the modernisation of local government and has proposed radical change to the way councils plan and deliver local services through best value in service delivery. Best value emphasises the role of sound management as a means of delivering service improvements. Best value in Scotland has a core requirement for every council to develop an effective performance management and planning (PMP) framework. The Accounts Commission and Audit Scotland have developed a detailed audit approach to assess and support each council’s progress in developing and improving its PMP framework. The audit specified sets out the key features of a best value service grouped under ten criteria, requires each council service being audited to critically assess their current performance, and requires each service to implement performance improvements that are necessary to deliver best value services. The key findings from the first audit are presented together with an evaluation of councils’ reactions to the audit and an assessment of the contribution of the audit to continuous improvement in Scottish local government.

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International Journal of Public Sector Management, vol. 14 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0951-3558

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Publication date: 27 November 2009

Bernadette Scott

The Audit Commission has produced a review of the Supporting People programme covering the period 2005‐2009. This article summarises the review, which covers the impact of…

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The Audit Commission has produced a review of the Supporting People programme covering the period 2005‐2009. This article summarises the review, which covers the impact of the Supporting People programme, a review of the Government's response to the Audit Commission's 2005 report, an assessment of ongoing and new challenges and options for overcoming identified barriers. Although there is evidence of poor understanding and implementation in some areas, overall the benefits of good housing‐related support services and their preventative value remain important.

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Housing, Care and Support, vol. 12 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1460-8790

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Publication date: 18 January 2021

Rasha Kassem and Umut Turksen

The need for independent audit goes back to the agency theory, the theory of delegation of power and the issue of trust. Stakeholders delegate power to management to…

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The need for independent audit goes back to the agency theory, the theory of delegation of power and the issue of trust. Stakeholders delegate power to management to manage the business on their behalf, yet they face the risk of information asymmetry and management motivations to commit fraud. The main aim of having an independent auditor was therefore to reduce the risk of information asymmetry and fraudulent behaviour by management. Auditors are required by the International Auditing Standards to detect material fraud and error, and they are expected to have a duty of care for stakeholders. However, recently independent auditors, whether conducting private or public audit, have been scrutinised for failing to detect material fraud. There have been a lot of discussions in the literature about the role of private auditors in detecting fraud, but very little discussions about the role of public auditors in detecting fraud. This chapter will outline the difference between private audit and public audit; explain the legal liability of public auditors in relation to fraud detection; the role of public auditors in detecting fraud; and will critically review the root causes for auditors’ failure to detect fraud.

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Contemporary Issues in Public Sector Accounting and Auditing
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83909-508-5

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Publication date: 1 December 2006

Deborah Klee and Jill Manthorpe

Joint reviews are an approach to partnership working between those involved in inspection and regulation. They provide great opportunities and some challenges. This…

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Joint reviews are an approach to partnership working between those involved in inspection and regulation. They provide great opportunities and some challenges. This article describes a case study of the review of the National Service Framework for Older People. It discusses culture and commitment, organisational imperatives and governance.

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Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 14 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1476-9018

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Publication date: 26 November 2010

Charlotte Goldman and Jane Carrier

This article follows an earlier article in this journal (Goldman, 2010), examines the emerging government policy on integration and considers some of the implications for…

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This article follows an earlier article in this journal (Goldman, 2010), examines the emerging government policy on integration and considers some of the implications for joint financing. Most primary care trusts (PCTs) and councils with adult social care responsibilities are engaged in joint financing and wider health and social care partnership arrangements. But, with the demise of PCTs and the growth in GP commissioning, there are issues and questions about the future of such arrangements. However, despite these organisational changes, partners must continue to be able to demonstrate the outcomes that integrated health and social care services are achieving.

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Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 18 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1476-9018

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