The Controller and Chief Auditor, Fuimaono Camillo Afele, has confirmed that audited reports to Parliament from 2013 to 2016 are ready.
These will be submitted to the Speaker of Parliament, Leaupepe Toleafoa Faafisi, to be tabled when Parliament convenes for the last time this year, next week.
In response to an email to the Samoa Observer, Fuimaono who is overseas was reluctant to talk about the reports.
However, he pointed out that December 2016 is the month to submit reports to “Speaker as discussed in August 2016”.
“I will be fully accountable to you when December 2016 is finished and still no reports submitted to the Speaker,” said Fuimaono
Asked to explain if he meant the reports might not be ready, Fuimaono said the reports are ready but he did not wish to discuss them before the Parliament sitting.
Parliament will reconvene on 20 December 2016 for its last sitting this year.
The Chief Auditor’s Office has been working on compiling the reports to parliament for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 in the past months. The Officers of Parliament Committee report on the audit reports to parliament for 2010 and 2011 came out in 2014.
In an interview back in August, Fuimaono said government’s response to the O.P.C. included corrective, remedial actions and explanations about some of the issues questioned. The response came out in 2014.
“Audit Office as per usual and standard audit practice followed up government’s response to O.P.C. report of corrective and remedial actions and explanations during financial and working year ended 30 June 2016 so an audit coverage on the follow up work will be included in the audit report to parliament for the year ended 30 June, 2016,” he explained.
“O.C.L.A. (the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly) is to confirm whether there is an O.P.C. report on the 2012 report but the Audit Office has included in its annual plan/program for the year ending 30 June, 2017 the follow up of the 2012 Audit Report to Parliament and any O.P.C. report on it.”