Item - 2023.AU1.3

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on March 29, 2023 without amendments and without debate.
  • This item was considered by the Audit Committee on February 13, 2023 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on March 29, 2023.

AU1.3 - Auditor General's 2022 Annual Report on the Fraud and Waste Hotline

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on March 29, 30 and 31, 2023, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council receive the report (January 26, 2023) from the Auditor General for information.

Background Information (Committee)

(February 13, 2023) Presentation from the Auditor General on Auditor Generalís 2022 Annual Report - Fraud and Waste Hotline
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-234506.pdf
(January 26, 2023) Report from the Auditor General on Auditor General's 2022 Annual Report on the Fraud and Waste Hotline
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-234023.pdf
At A Glance - Auditor General's 2022 Annual Report on the Fraud and Waste Hotline
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-234044.pdf
Attachment 1 - Auditor General's 2022 Annual Report on the Fraud and Waste Hotline
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-234045.pdf

AU1.3 - Auditor General's 2022 Annual Report on the Fraud and Waste Hotline

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Audit Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council receive the report (January 26, 2023) from the Auditor General for information.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Auditor General and Deputy Auditor General gave a presentation on 2022 Annual Report - Fraud and Waste Hotline..

Origin

(January 26, 2023) Report from the Auditor General

Summary

This report represents the 2022 annual report on fraud, waste and wrongdoing at the City including the activities of the Fraud and Waste Hotline Program (the Hotline Program). It highlights the complaints that have been communicated to the Auditor General’s Office. It does not represent an overall picture of fraud or other wrongdoing across the City.

 

In 2022, 1,032 complaints comprised of approximately 1,200 allegations were received by the Auditor General’s Office, the highest in a year since the launch of the Hotline Program.

 

The Hotline Program has helped to reduce losses and resulted in the protection of City assets. The actual and potential losses from complaints received from 2018 to 2022 is approximately $27.9 million (actual losses) plus $1.5 million (potential losses) had the fraud not been detected. Additional benefits that are not quantifiable include:

 

- the deterrence of fraud or wrongdoing

 

- strengthened internal controls

 

- improvements in policies and procedures

 

- increased operational efficiencies

 

- the ability to use complaint data to identify trends, address risks, make action-oriented recommendations to management and inform our audit work plan

Background Information

(February 13, 2023) Presentation from the Auditor General on Auditor Generalís 2022 Annual Report - Fraud and Waste Hotline
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-234506.pdf
(January 26, 2023) Report from the Auditor General on Auditor General's 2022 Annual Report on the Fraud and Waste Hotline
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-234023.pdf
At A Glance - Auditor General's 2022 Annual Report on the Fraud and Waste Hotline
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-234044.pdf
Attachment 1 - Auditor General's 2022 Annual Report on the Fraud and Waste Hotline
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-234045.pdf

Speakers

Derek Moran

Motions

Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Ausma Malik (Carried)

Point of Order by Councillor Mike Colle

Councillor Mike Colle, on a Point of Order, stated that the the Committee should not tolerate or allow accusations and innuendo about an individual suggested by the public speaker's comments.

Ruling by Councillor Stephen Holyday
Chair Stephen Holyday accepted the Point of Order and ruled that the public speaker keep their comments focused on the subject matter currently before the Audit Committee.

Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council