NIAONorthern Ireland Audit Office
NIAONumber of Injured Abdominal Organs (war injury assessment)
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Comptroller and auditor general and head of the NIAO John Dowdall expressed concern that "some spending on hospitality in New York was at an inappropriate level for a public body, particularly in relation to expenditure on alcohol and meals in prestige restaurants".
The report added: "The NIAO considers the BELB did not treat these warnings with the seriousness required and reference to a pricefixing ring merited further analysis.
Todays report from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) follows an NIAO Report in June 2015 and a PAC evidence session in November at which the Committee acknowledged the complex and challenging environment in which the Sustainable Schools Policy and Area Planning are being taken forward.
The NIAO is seeking to establish a contract to appoint a service provider for the provision of external auditing services for the Financial Audit of the Business Services Organisation (BSO) including assurance over BSO controls in its provision of services to HSC bodies to be undertaken for and on behalf of the NIAO.
These will appoint service providers for the provision of financial auditing services and other work to support and assist the NIAO where appropriate and where required in its external audit functions.
The NIAO is responsible for the financial audit of Northern Ireland Government Departments, their executive agencies and a wide range of other public bodies, including health and personal social services bodies and local government bodies.
The NIAO wishes to put in place Framework Agreements with Service Providers for the provision of temporary financial audit personnel services to cover short-term business demands.