31 Jan 2005

Weak audit laws a major problem says American Samoa's Territorial audit office

11:43 am on 31 January 2005

American Samoa's Territorial Audit Office says weak audit laws do not allow for its independent and effective operation.

The office has released a summary report of its activities last year in which it says a solution must come as a unified effort on the part of the Governor and the Legislature.

The territorial audit office says it carried out six unannounced cash counts for six departments and offices, and found that relevant policies and procedures were not followed by all employees.

It said that some agencies that were audited did not comply with procurement

laws while other departments allowed employees to cash their personal

cheques in government funds.

The audit office also pointed out that minor contribution violations during the 2000 elections were never investigated by the campaign spending commission.