The auditor general reports: 2014

The auditor general reports: 2014

Newfoundland and Labrador auditor general (AG) Terry Paddon presented his office’s review of the province’s latest financial statement on Jan. 17.

The following week, on Jan. 23, came a report on the AG’s look into government departments, targeting topics including: Eastern Health spending, waste management, fines collection, cranberry industry support, oil royalty audits.

The AG said he is planning to release a second report of findings from his staff’s review of government departments later this spring.

Each report has led to multiple stories related to government finances and government spending. Presentd here is the collection to date.

Auditor general Terry Paddon speaks today to media following the release of his report highlighting problems and areas of concern in spending by various provincial government departments. — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

Flight info gaps risk abuse of system: AG

January 28, 2014 - 4 h 05

Auditor general (AG) Terry Paddon looked at available paperwork from a sampling of flights paid for by the government in 2011 and 2012. As stated in his report, released Jan. 23, he found key information...

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Flight info gaps risk abuse of system: AG

Cheers & Jeers

January 27, 2014 - 1 h 00

to a blast from the past. Back in July 2010, then natural resources minister Kathy Dunderdale wasn't available to do interviews with The Telegram about the provincial government's sudden interest -...

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Innovation

Hardly a record to brag about

January 25, 2014 - 1 h 00

Expenses are. In fact, expenses are the only thing you can really control. Or, more to the point, that you can control if you want to.

But back to those three sentences, which came late last week...

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Health

Blood and turnip

January 25, 2014 - 5 h 31

What can you take from the report? Well, the clearest thing is that there are 150 or so people who owe more than $20,000 apiece in fines, and that the province is owed a total of $33 million,...

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ATVs, snowmobiles, campers found in government hangar

January 24, 2014 - 1 h 00

"These personal items included automobiles, campers, motorcycles, boats, golf carts, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles."

According to the report, released Thursday morning, the province paid...

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Motoring

Add auditors or risk missing oil royalties

January 24, 2014 - 4 h 05

Oil royalties are a complex calculation, first self-determined by the producing oil companies under strict guidelines. Monthly and annual reports on royalties are submitted to the government and audited...

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Add auditors or risk missing oil royalties

AG points out low uptake in cranberry farm acreage

January 24, 2014 - 4 h 00

In his annual report, provincial auditor general Terry Paddon pointed out that in 2008 the provincial government launched a five-year program aimed at stimulating the rapid growth of cranberry production.

It...

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AG points out low uptake in cranberry farm acreage

Waste-management strategy not a waste, states province

January 24, 2014 - 1 h 00

Bringing the plan into effect did not happen right away because of a lack of funding, the AG states in his latest report, released Thursday. The strategy was reconsidered and ultimately re-released...

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