Auditing process

Mike Roulston made this Freedom of Information request to Audit Scotland

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Dear Audit Scotland,

Your audit of the now defunct Central Scotland Police for 2011-12 contained the following paragraph

"Internal Misconduct Investigation
The Assistant Chief Constable has been on a period of leave since July 2010. We note that he was recently formally suspended in connection with misconduct allegations.
As a Police Officer, the Assistant Chief Constable's terms and conditions of employment are governed by the Police (Conduct) (Senior Officers) (Scotland) Regulations 1999. We understand that Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland (HMICS) has recently launched an investigation into the Board's handling of the case. We will continue to monitor progress in this area with a view to considering the effective use of public monies."

This was not apparently monitored as indicated as there is no mention made of the issue in the subsequent 2012/-13 accounts despite the fact that the officer continued to be "suspended" during that year

(He was never formally suspended as indicated in the first audit having voluntarily gone on what was described as "gardening leave" in the press. The correct suspension process was never effected)

Could you please confirm the financial costs of this investigation identified as part of the two audits referred to above.

Given that the investigation continues uninterrupted to date have you continued to monitor the issue for the 2013/14 audit?

Do you intend to include this item in your audit for 2013/14?

Yours faithfully,

Michael Roulston

Alex Devlin, Audit Scotland

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Dear Mr Roulston,

 

Please find attached a reply to your recent FOI request to Audit Scotland.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Alex Devlin

Corporate Governance Manager

Audit Scotland

110 George Street

Edinburgh

EH2 4LH

 

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Dear Alex Devlin,

Could I please have a copy of any document that relates to this governance issue from the date it was first identified in the audit process to date.

Documentation includes any email, letter, audit notes, briefing notes, agenda or minutes of meetings etc.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Roulston

Alex Devlin, Audit Scotland

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Dear Mr Roulston,

Please find attached our reply to your information request.

Yours sincerely,

Alex Devlin
Corporate Governance Manager
Audit Scotland
110 George Street
Edinburgh
EH2 4LH

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Dear Audit Scotland,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Audit Scotland's handling of my FOI request 'Auditing process'.

Firstly I have resubmitted my original request to the Accounts Commission who commissioned the 2011/12 report and judging by their website it looks like it will make its way back to you again in your advertised support role to that organisation.

As far as your response is concerned you do not specify what the personal data is that prevents disclosure and my reading of your response suggests that you simply interpret 'personal data' as information about a person.

It is odd that you make no effort at redacting any of the docuements listed in your response.

Your audit surely centres on the application of rules and cost benefit analaysis of that application rather than confirming the evidential sufficiency of the case (or otherwise as in this case).

Your reference to ongoing sensitivity suggests to me that you believe that the investigation is ongoing; it isn't as all charges were dropped some time ago.

I fail to see how confirming how/when an issue which the auditors raised in the 2011/12 audit has been pursued is a matter that should be kept hidden from the public (me in particular) given the time/costs incurred in this case.

If it makes this any quicker the individual mentioned in the audit is happy to release the information to me or to pursue his own subject access request!

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Mike Roulston

Alex Devlin, Audit Scotland

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Dear Mr Roulston,

 

I am resending this reply as an error occurred on Friday and the message
was not delivered.

 

Alex Devlin

Corporate Governance Manager

Audit Scotland

110 George Street

Edinburgh

EH2 4LH

 

From: Alex Devlin
Sent: 04 July 2014 09:37
To: '[FOI #205593 email]'
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Auditing
process

 

Dear Mr Roulston,

 

Please find attached the outcome of our review to your FOI review request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Alex Devlin

Corporate Governance Manager

Audit Scotland

110 George Street

Edinburgh

EH2 4LH

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