South Carolina Legislature

Department of Transportation

Subcommittee: Economic Development, Transportation, & Natural Resources

Subcommittee Chair: Bruce W. Bannister

Subcommittee Members: Hon. Neal A. Collins, Hon. Mandy Powers Norrell, Hon. Robert L. Ridgeway

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Agency Head: Christy Hall

Study Contact: Wendy Nicholas
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Internal Audits

This page includes information on the agency's internal audit process as well as copies of reports from internal audits performed by the agency. This information was provided by the agency in its Annual Restructuring Report, Program Evaluation, Request for Information, or Accountability Report. This list may not be exhaustive.

Internal Audit Process

Act Number 275 of 2016 made revisions to the Office of the Chief Internal Auditor effective July 1, 2016. In order to afford the chief internal auditor of the Department of Transportation greater independence, Act Number 275 provides for the department's chief internal auditor to be appointed and overseen by the State Auditor rather than the DOT Commission. Previously, the Commission appointed and had "exclusive management and control of the Chief Internal Auditor."

The Office of the Chief Internal Auditor consists of the Chief Internal Auditor, four audit managers, one auditor, and one administrator. Paul B. Townes, CPA, CFE, ( serves as the Chief Internal Auditor. The Office of the Chief Internal Auditor performed 20 audits in the past five years, averaging between 9 to 12 months per audit; typically, only one employee works on a given audit.

Generally, internal audits are performed on Legislative Audit Council recommendations; Right-of-Way; C-funds; Enhancements (Transportation Alternatives Program); Road Data Services; Oversize/Overweight Permits; Purchasing cards; Audit of laptop Computers; Safety Department Audit; DBE Program; and Previously investigated fraud accusations. Internal auditors do not routinely conduct an agency wide risk assessment, nor do they routinely evaluate the agency's performance measurement and improvement systems.

The most recent Peer Review Self- Assessment was scheduled for 2015 and was to be conducted by SCSIAA.

Internal Audit Reports

If you know of other internal audits that are not listed below, please submit the information anonymously here.

Implementation of 2006 Legislative Audit Council Report Recommendations (December 4, 2008).pdf

Human Resources Department (June 8, 2009)

Fraud Risk Management Program Review (December 3, 2009)

Right of Way Findings and Recommendations (January 12, 2010)

C Fund Program Administration Audit (February 23, 2010)

DOT's Enhancement Program (A10-003) (June 10, 2010)

SiteManager Construction Management System (A10-004) (June 24, 2010).pdf

Maintenance Contract Management (January 5, 2011)

Special Report SC DOT Purchasing Card System Review (May 3, 2011)

Road Data Services (April 19, 2012)

Oversize Overweight Permits (August 15, 2012)

Agency Applications' User Access Control Review Follow-Up (October 26, 2012).pdf

Laptop Computers Findings and Reports (March 21, 2013)

Employee Safety (May 15, 2013)

Outsourcing Report (October 24, 2013)

Bid Analysis Management System Decision Support System (July 16, 2014).pdf

SCDOT Workers Compensation Audit (September 18, 2014)

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) (December 4, 2014)

Employee Vendor Match (January 14, 2015)

Laptop Inventory Audit (January 23, 2015)

C Fund Program Administration Audit - Update (April 2015)

Employee Safety - Update (April 2015)

Enhancement-LPAA - Update (April 2015)

Human Resources Department - Update (April 2015)

Maintenance Contract Management - Update (April 2015)

Oversize & Overweight Permits - Update (April 2015)

RCE - Update (April 2015)

Road Data Services - Update (April 2015)

SiteManager Construction Management System - April 2015 Update

Outsourcing Audit - Final Draft (April 30, 2015)

Laptop Inventory Audit (May 22, 2015)

Procurement Audit (December 3, 2015)

Supply and Equipment Depot Audit (December 3, 2015)

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