Internal Audit Office Mission
The Internal Audits Office (IAO) mission is to provide an independent, objective analysis and consulting services designed to add value to and improve the Department of Water Resources (DWR) operations as well as to assist the Director in finding and correcting deficiencies in financial and operational areas. The IAO accomplishes its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.
The IAO is responsible for audit activities within the Department of Water Resources (DWR). The IAO conducts independent appraisals of internal activities, financial records and controls, and an external examination of contractor’s records. The IAO provides assistance to the Director in their obligation to ensure that state funds are expended in adherence to project objectives and in compliance to contractual terms and conditions.
To assist the DWR Director in the effective discharge of their responsibilities IAO will provide appropriate audit findings, reviews, assessments, analyses, evaluations, recommendations and pertinent comments in the course of its review of business activities. Emphasis will be placed on all phases of departmental operations and financial activities where internal controls recommendations may assist in enhancing the DWR’s efficiency, operations, and financial controls.
What is internal auditing?
The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) defines internal auditing as an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization's operations. Internal Audits helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.
The internal audit activity evaluates the adequacy and effectiveness of controls encompassing the organization's governance, operations, and information systems. Internal audit reviews include the reliability and integrity of financial and operational information, effectiveness and efficiency of operations, safeguarding of assets, and compliance with laws, regulations, and contracts. These reviews also ascertain the extent to which operating and program goals and objectives have been established and conform to those of the organization, as well as the extent to which results are consistent with established goals and objectives and whether operations and programs are being implemented or performed as intended.