Office of the Comptroller General
The Office of the Comptroller General (OCG) is responsible for the overall quality and integrity of the government's financial management and control systems.
Roles & Responsibilities
Reporting to the Deputy Minister of Finance, the Office of the Comptroller General develops and maintains the government’s financial control framework and monitors compliance with it. The framework guides ministry and public sector activities in areas such as procurement and spending.
Office of the Comptroller General offers the following functions and services to government:
Corporate Accounting Services
Corporate Accounting Services is responsible for the Corporate Financial System (government access only) for the Province of British Columbia.
Corporate Compliance and Controls Monitoring
The Corporate Compliance and Controls Monitoring Branch provides a risk-based compliance review program to improve the efficiency and economy of internal controls, processes legally encumbered payments, and provides administrative and financial support for programs and initiatives undertaken by the Office of the Comptroller General.
The Financial Management Branch develops and implements financial management and general administrative policies for government to support capacity, control and achievement of government objectives.
- Maintains overall policy direction for government, including legislative and policy reviews
- Maintains government’s financial management framework; the Core Policy & Procedures Manual (CPPM) and Purchase Card Manual
- Administrates the Financial Administration Act (FAA) and Financial Information Act (FIA)
- Provides direction and decision-making support on sustainable business strategies, systems, processes, risks, controls and performance management to senior officials
- Identifies and elevates issues with recommendations to the Minister of Finance, Deputy Minister or Treasury Board
- Applies legislative changes to the Auditor General Act; questions specific to the Act should be directed to the Office of the Auditor General
- Responsible for the interpretation of policy and legislation for the Unclaimed Property program
Financial Reporting & Advisory Services prepares and publishes the Province's financial statements, including the Public Accounts, and champions improvements in common accounting approaches across government.
Internal Audit & Advisory Services provides internal audits to B.C.'s ministries, Crown corporations and broader public sector in order to promote sound governance, economy, efficiency and effectiveness of public sector operations. Internal audits provide assurance that programs and systems are operating in compliance with mandates, policies and regulations.
The Procurement Governance Office establishes and directs a strategic governance framework for government procurement and contract management.
- Develops, manages, and maintains government’s principle-based procurement policy
- Supports compliance with policies and applicable trade agreements
- Promotes fair and open procurement
- Advises, interprets and provides official communication of government’s core procurement and contract management policy and procedures: