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COVID-19 Update

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March 30, 2020
Like every organization, the Office of the Auditor General has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation for any developments that may affect our people and our ability to fulfill our legislated mandate.
 

Effective Tuesday, March 17, for the health and safety of our people, we moved to remote work arrangements for the majority of our Office team members, with a few limited staff on-site for assurance of business continuity. We also announced the temporary closure of our Calgary Office location.

With the additional restrictions instituted by the Government of Alberta on March 27, as of Monday, March 30, we are now closing our Edmonton Office location to public access until further notice. We will continue to work remotely to meet the needs of those we audit.

If you need to reach our office regarding a delivery or general inquiry, please e-mail us at info@oag.ab.ca. We will also be monitoring our main phone line of (780) 427-4222 for messages.

We wish you, and all Albertans, the best at this personally and economically challenging time.

Doug Wylie
Auditor General of Alberta

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March 19, 2020
As we collectively face the task of containing the COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta, like all organizations, the Office of the Auditor General is assessing and managing the implications to both our people and our ability to continue to fulfill our legislated mandate.
 

While we continue to conduct our work in this unprecedented situation, our first priority is on ensuring the health and safety of our people, and the people with whom we interact in conducting our work.

As such, effective Tuesday, March 17, our Office moved to remote work arrangements for the majority of our Office team members. Further, following the declaration of a state of emergency under the Public Health Act, effective immediately, OAG team members are discontinuing any on-site audit work and meetings with any audit entities, and are working from home.

Due to the nature of our work requirements to often work on-site with our audit entities, our Office is set up for all team members to be able to work effectively and securely from remote locations. Under these work arrangements, we have also asked and expect all our team members to follow all public health directives related to self-isolation, social distancing and other precautionary measures as appropriate to their personal circumstances.

As of today, our Calgary Office location is closed. For now, our Edmonton Office remains open with few limited staff on-site for assurance of business continuity.

Balanced with these important health and safety measures is an emphasis on how we best conduct our duties as the independent auditor of the Government of Alberta, and its related entities, under the current circumstances.

Recognizing the demands on the entities we audit, we are currently reaching out to each entity to discuss how to proceed with current and planned audit work for their respective organization. Working with each entity, we will develop an appropriate approach on how best to conduct our responsibilities without impairing their ability to deliver timely and important services to Albertans during this crisis.

We commit to doing our part to help the province cope with, and suppress, this pandemic as best as possible.

This is a difficult time for all of us personally. Our thoughts are with you, your families and your colleagues.

Doug Wylie
Auditor General of Alberta

 
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