The Office of the Controller and Auditor General is working on a web-based front end to allow auditors around the country to submit summaries of their work online.
The office uses private sector audit firms to carry out about 5000 audits each year on government agencies, from central and local government.
Auditors currently give summaries of audits to the Audit Office through the postal mail system or fax and staff enter the data manually.
The Audit Office has contracted Wellington-based Intergen to develop a web front to its audit status tracking application and will pilot the system in the next two months. The aim is to develop the system to the point where all audit data can be entered online.
Audit Office manager of information services Grant Johnson says it hopes to have the web-based system rolled out by the end of the year.
Apart from being part of the e-government initiative, the aim is to reduce the Audit Office’s workload and to push responsibility for information back out to he auditors.
Intergen is using Microsoft’s Visual Studio.Net to develop the web front end.