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The Treasury Board (TB) Policy on Internal Audit www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/doc-eng.aspx?evttoo=X&id=12340§ion=text (effective April 01, 2006) has as objective to strengthen public sector accountability, risk management, resource stewardship and good governance by strengthening and reorganizing internal audit across government. Derived from this policy and the TB Directive on Departmental Audit Committees www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/doc-eng.aspx?id=12342§ion=text, the Deputy Head has the authority and responsibility for establishing an Audit Committee for their department/agency. Both aforementioned documents set the basic parameters for the composition and operation of the Departmental Audit Committee as well as its responsibilities, duties and accountability. In addition under the provisions of the Directive the Audit Committee is required to document its role, responsibilities and operation in terms of reference or a charter.
To ensure that the Deputy Head has independent, objective advice, guidance and assurance on the adequacy of Library and Archives Canada risk management, control and governance processes.
Selection of the Committee Members
The committee is composed of three external members and the Librarian and Archivist of Canada. External members shall be selected jointly by the Librarian and Archivist of Canada and the Comptroller General and approved by Treasury Board on the recommendation of Treasury Board's President. The Committee must have a majority of external members who do not occupy a position in the federal public administration. The Chief of Internal Audit, and the Chief Financial Officer shall be participating as management representatives.