In his March 2019 Report on the Follow-up of 2015 and 2016 Recommendations made in 16 performance audits released today, March 26, Auditor General Michael Pickup noted the government continues to address recommendations from his previous audits, but risks remain when the government does not complete the improvements it said it would. “This year’s overall completion rate dropped four points to 71 per cent compared to 2018, leaving government having to address 32 remaining recommendations from our 2015 and 2016 audits,” said Mr. Pickup. The auditor general followed up on 113 recommendations, from 16 audits reported in 2015 and 2016, which government agreed to all but one and committed to implement. In his report, the auditor general noted seven government organizations completed 100 per cent of their promised actions. The auditor general has set target completion rates of at least 80 per cent after two years. “I am pleased by the 87 per cent completion rate for the recommendations from 2015, however, attention needs to be given to the fact only 46 per cent of the recommendations from 2016 have been completed. Government made commitments to Nova Scotians to complete these recommendations to address the known risks that they represent,” said Mr. Pickup. In his report, the auditor general highlights the seven organizations that completed all of their promised actions, and the seven organizations that had rates lower than 60 per cent. “This follow-up report is one tool to assist the public accounts committee, the House of Assembly, and the citizens of Nova Scotia in holding government accountable. Organizations with lower completion rates and outstanding recommendations need to be accountable to Nova Scotians to deliver on their promises to improve government,” said Mr. Pickup. “We encourage these organizations to continue to work toward the timely completion of every recommendation we made to them, to address the continued risks, and to help promote better government for all Nova Scotians.” The full report, one-page summary, highlight video, and five questions that Nova Scotians may want to ask government are available at http://www.oag-ns.ca .