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Standing Committee on Legislative Offices

As one of the independent legislative officers of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, the Auditor General is accountable to the Standing Committee on Legislative Offices.

On behalf of all members of the Legislative Assembly, the committee reviews and approves our business plan and budget, financial statements, and results reports, and is responsible for making our reports public through tabling in the Legislature.

Find out more about the committee and its membership.

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts provides oversight by reviewing the government’s statement of accounts and the auditor general’s reports to examine how the government has accounted for and used public funds. It enables elected officials to hold a government to account for how it has spent taxpayers’ money. The committee also alerts the legislature to concerns regarding the government’s financial management practices and public administration.

This committee and the Auditor General develop a mutually supportive relationship based on their distinct roles and independence of action.

The committee holds public hearings with departmental officials to examine the Auditor General’s findings and determine how the Auditor General’s recommendations will be implemented.

It may also:

  • endorse the Auditor General’s recommendations, and may write and table its own report, with recommendations
  • request that the government table a response within a required time frame
  • follow up on the implementation of recommendations (the Auditor General’s and/or its own)

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts does not focus on policy. Rather, its focus is on public administration—that is, the implementation of policy.

Learn more about the committee’s role and its members.

Provincial Audit Committee

Under the Auditor General Act, the Provincial Audit Committee is established primarily in an advisory role to the government and the Auditor General on any matter relating to the financial affairs of the Crown in accordance with a request of the President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance.

The role of the committee is to review and advise on issues relating to financial statement presentation and disclosure, accounting policies and pronouncements, and non-financial performance information.

The committee also reviews and advises on matters related to the Auditor General’s reports to the Legislative Assembly prior to its publication and any other reports made by the Auditor General.

Find out more about the Provincial Audit Committee.