3.1 Beg, Borrow, and Share: Creative ways to keep auditing when you’re short on staff
Staffing shortages in internal audit aren’t unique to the public sector–one only has to try to engage an accounting firm for additional internal audit resources to quickly find out that they don’t have many either! But the challenges of solving the shortages in the public sector can be unique. Funding models, classification levels, rules about direct reports, and official languages requirements all complicate staffing–even if you’ve found a candidate you want to hire! Conversely, the massive size and inter-connectedness of the public service provides opportunities as well. Micro-missions, interchanges, assignments, terms, and co-op students, for example, can all be used in creative ways to bring people in to your internal audit department. In this session I will share some of the challenges and solutions I’ve experienced in my own career as an internal auditor in the federal government and also talk about the various ways the departments and agencies I’ve been with have brought in fresh auditors (even if for limited periods) to successfully complete audits and other internal audit projects. I will talk about key characteristics that will help identify great internal audit candidates and how they can become engaged and excited about trying out internal audit. In the best case scenario, we might inspire a career path for someone, that will in turn grow the pool of internal auditors in Canada. And if not, at the very least we can hopefully cross one more project off the audit plan!