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  4. Article 45: Internal Control Responsibilities of State Agencies


Section 954 Independent audits of the department of audit and control and the department of law

Executive (EXC)

Independent audits of the department of audit and control and the department of law. 1. At least once every three years, the independent certified public accountants selected pursuant to this section shall conduct audits of the internal controls of the department of audit and control and the department of law, respectively. Such audits shall be performed in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards and shall include a report on whether the departments' internal controls are established and functioning in a manner that provides reasonable assurance that they meet the objectives of internal control as defined in section nine hundred fifty of this article. The report shall identify the internal controls both evaluated and not evaluated and shall identify internal control weaknesses that have not been corrected and actions that are recommended to correct these weaknesses. If any such internal control weaknesses are significant or material with respect to such departments, the independent auditors shall so state. The comptroller and the attorney general shall make available to the public the results of such audits, including any related management letters. The comptroller and attorney general and any officer or employee of such departments shall make available upon request to such independent certified public accountants all books and records relevant to such independent audits.

  2. The comptroller and the attorney general shall request proposals from independent certified public accountants for audits of the internal controls of their respective departments. The requests for proposals shall include a reference to the requirements for audits conducted pursuant to subdivision one of this section. The comptroller and attorney general shall select such independent auditors in accordance with a competitive procedure including an evaluation, based on quality and price factors, of those proposals received in response to such requests for proposals.

  3. Whenever the comptroller or the comptroller's appointee is a member of any board, commission, committee, council, or corporation, which constitutes a state agency, the governing body of such board, commission, committee, council, or corporation shall select an independent auditor for the purpose of conducting audits of internal controls in accordance with this section.