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General Auditor
Gerald C. Riss

The Office of the General Auditor provides independent, objective assurance and consulting services to Metropolitan in accordance with The Institute of Internal Auditors' mandatory standards and guidance. The General Auditor reports directly to Metropolitan's Board of Directors and the Audit and Ethics Committee. An overview of activities undertaken by the Audit Department can be found in the most recent Annual Report.

The Audit Department helps Metropolitan accomplish its objectives by using a proactive, systematic approach to evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of Metropolitan's risk management, control and governance processes.  Audit staff assess whether these processes adequately:

      • Identify, manage and monitor risks;
      • Ensure significant financial, managerial and operating information is accurate, reliable and timely;
      • Ascertain that employees' actions  comply with policies, standards, procedures, laws and regulations;
      • Provide for the economical and efficient acquisition, use and protection of resources;
      • Foster quality and continuous improvement;
      • Facilitate the achievement of programs, plans and objectives; and
      • Recognize and address significant legislative or regulatory issues.
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The Audit Department operates under the auspices of the Audit and Ethics Special Committee.  The Audit and Ethics Charter is outlined in the District’sAdministrative Code

The Office of the General Auditor carries out responsibilities in accordance with the Audit Department Charter and in compliance with auditing standards. The Department Charter is outlined in the Administrative Code and encompasses the department's mission, scope of work, accountability, professional standards, responsibilities and authority. To access a copy of the Department's Charter, please click here.

 

Audit Department Charter

(a) Mission and Scope of Work - The mission of the Audit Department is to provide independent, professional, objective assurance and consulting services designed to add value and improve Metropolitan’s operations. It helps the organization accomplish its objectives by using a proactive, systematic approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes. The scope of work of the Audit Department is to determine whether the organization’s network of risk management, internal control and governance processes, as designed and represented by management, is adequate and functioning in a manner to ensure:

  1. Risks are appropriately identified, managed and monitored;
  2. Significant financial, managerial and operating information is accurate, reliable and timely;
  3. Employees’ actions are in compliance with policies, standards, procedures and applicable  laws and regulations;
  4. Resources are acquired economically, used efficiently, and adequately protected;
  5. Programs, plans, and objectives are achieved;
  6. Quality and continuous improvement are fostered in the organization’s control process;
  7. Significant legislative or regulatory issues impacting the organization are recognized and  addressed appropriately;

Opportunities for improving management internal control, efficiency and the organization’s image may be identified during audits. They will be communicated to the appropriate level of management.

 

(b) Accountability - The General Auditor shall be accountable to the Board of Directors and the Audit and Ethics Special Committee to:

  1. Advise on the adequacy and effectiveness of the organization’s processes for controlling its  activities and managing its risks;
  2. Report significant issues related to the processes for controlling the activities of the  organization, including potential improvements to those processes, and provide information  concerning such issues through to resolution;
  3. Coordinate with other Metropolitan control and monitoring functions (risk management,  legal, finance, ethics, security and environmental);

(c) Professional Standards – The Audit Department shall govern itself by adherence to The Institute of Internal Auditors’ mandatory guidance, including the Definition of Internal Auditing, the Code of Ethics, and the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (Standards). This mandatory guidance constitutes principles of the fundamental requirements for the professional practice of internal auditing and for evaluating the effectiveness of the Audit Department’s performance. These documents constitute the operating procedures for the department and constitute an addendum to the charter.

 

The Institute of Internal Auditors’ Practice Advisories, Practice Guides, and Position Papers shall also be adhered to as applicable. In addition, Audit Department staff shall adhere to Metropolitan’s policies and procedures, the California Government Code; Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS); and the Audit Department’s Policies and Procedures Manual.

 

(d) Responsibilities - The Audit Department shall carry out the following responsibilities:

  1. Develop and present a flexible annual audit plan to the Audit and Ethics Special Committee  for review and approval. This plan should be developed utilizing a risk based methodology and  should include risks or internal control concerns identified by Management or the Board of  Directors;
  2. Report periodically to the Audit and Ethics Special Committee and Management the status of  the current year’s audit plan and the sufficiency of department resources;
  3. Issue an opinion on internal controls over financial reporting on an annual basis;
  4. Submit audit reports to the Audit and Ethics Special Committee and Management  communicating the auditor’s opinion regarding the internal control structure, identifying  significant control issues and providing related recommendations;
  5. Evaluate the adequacy and timeliness of Management’s responses to, and the corrective   action taken on, all significant control issues noted in such reports. Conduct follow-up reviews as  necessary and periodically report to the Audit and Ethics Special Committee the status of  Management’s progress;
  6. Ensure the selection, development and supervision of competent and professional audit  staff;
  7. Perform a quality assurance program by which the General Auditor evaluates internal  auditing activities against professional standards. Obtain external quality assurance review as  required by GAGAS and the Standards;
  8. Perform consulting services to assist management in meeting its objectives. Examples may  include facilitation, process design, training, and advisory services;
  9. Evaluate additions or changes in internal control processes coincident with their  development and implementation;
  10. Keep the Audit and Ethics Special Committee informed of significant emerging trends and  best practices in internal auditing and governance;
  11. Assist in the investigation of significant suspected fraudulent activities within the  organization. Assure reporting to the Audit and Ethics Special Committee on the  results, as  appropriate;
  12. Coordinate with external auditors to minimize duplication of effort and to ensure that  issues raised, as a result of their review, are appropriately addressed.



(e) Authority - The General Auditor and Audit Department staff members are authorized to:

  1. Have unrestricted access to all functions, records, property, and personnel, subject to the  requirements of safekeeping, confidentiality and applicable process;
  2. Have full and free access to the Audit and Ethics Special Committee, subject to applicable  law,
  3. Allocate resources, set frequencies, and select subject, determine scopes of work, and apply  the techniques required to accomplish audit objectives;
  4. Obtain the necessary assistance of personnel in units of the organization where they perform  audit, as well as other specialized services from within or outside the organization.

 

The General Auditor and Audit Department staff members are not authorized to:

  1. Perform any operational duties for the organization;
  2. Initiate or approve accounting transactions external to the internal auditing department;
  3. Direct the activities of any organization employee not employed by the internal auditing department, except to the extent such employees have been appropriately assigned to auditing teams or to otherwise assist the internal auditors.



This Charter shall be reviewed at least annually by the Audit and Ethics Special Committee and Board of Directors.

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