The Performance Audit Report

Conor McGarrity and Yusuf Moolla

The podcast for Performance Auditors, that was hosted by Conor McGarrity and Yusuf Moolla.

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24 | Cathy O'Neil, Algorithm Auditor, Author of WMathD
28-02-2023
24 | Cathy O'Neil, Algorithm Auditor, Author of WMathD
Our guest is Cathy O'Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction: how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy.Cathy joined us to discuss critical aspects for auditors to consider, including:The human element: why understanding 'for whom an algorithm might fail' is more important than the detailed technical design of an algorithm.Algorithm testing: the importance of post-deployment testing to ensure there are no unintended adverse outcomes. Setting standards: the need for industry-wide standards so that regulators can ensure there is no bias or discrimination in how algorithms operate. Laggers and leaders: the four big industries/domains using algorithms that need to step up audit in their space and how law-makers and regulators are catching up.Emerging AI, e.g. language models/chatbots - why trust by users is key, and the pros and cons of using these models.LinksCathy's company, ORCAA Weapons of Math Destruction (book)  This episode's web page: https://pareports.com/podcast/24 About this podcast The podcast for performance auditors.Hosted by Conor McGarrity and Yusuf Moolla.Produced by PA Reports - Performance Audit Research. Get updates New episodes, and a fortnightly newsletter with a selection of PA reports and practices from audit offices. https://pareports.com/#cta-subscribe This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit performanceaudit.substack.com
23 | North Dakota Audit Office and a vaccine PA
07-02-2023
23 | North Dakota Audit Office and a vaccine PA
This episode featured guests from the North Dakota State Audit Office:Allison Bader, Performance Audit Manager and Claudia Kuball, Performance Auditor.In this episode we discuss:Team diversity – the value of recruiting performance auditors from different backgrounds, incl. how specialist expertise can help focus on major risksImpact – their communications team is instrumental in engaging citizens and maximising audit impactSignificant audit – their audit of Storage and Handling of COVID Vaccines including its design, execution and findingsCitizen engagement – how North Dakotans can get involved, and even speak to the State Auditor directly on radio every Wed morningLinks:Office of the State Auditor, North Dakota: https://www.nd.gov/auditor Submit ideas for audit topics here What’s On Your Mind – the radio program that Josh Gallion (State Auditor) guest appears on from 10-11 CST every Wednesday: https://kfyr.iheart.com/ Sign up for the office's quarterly e-newsletter here The office on Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube This episode's webpage: https://pareports.com/podcast/23About this podcast The podcast for performance auditors.Hosted by Conor McGarrity and Yusuf Moolla.Produced by PA Reports - Performance Audit Research.Get updates New episodes, and a fortnightly newsletter with a selection of PA reports and practices from audit offices. https://pareports.com/#cta-subscribe This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit performanceaudit.substack.com
11 | Kelsey Thompson, performance auditor and podcast host
27-09-2022
11 | Kelsey Thompson, performance auditor and podcast host
Kelsey Thompson is an Assistant City Auditor with the Office of the City Auditor in Austin, Texas.In this episode we discuss:What Kelsey enjoys about performance audit in local governmentThe role of the Office of the City AuditorWhy performance auditors need a data ‘mindset’ Topical reports on issues such as climate change, homelessness and policingWe also talk about Audit ATX - the Office's podcast that Kelsey hosts - and its many benefits, including:how auditees are listening to it as a ‘starting point’ to understand the PA processits use as a recruitment tool to inform potential new hireshow it maximises the reach and impact of their audits for community membershow podcast feedback can inform future audit topic selection and focus Audit ATX is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.In the episode, you will hear Kelsey saying that she is a supervising senior auditor - she was at the time of recording, and was promoted to Assistant City Auditor in the short window between recording this episode and publishing it. Congrats Kelsey.Links:Kelsey Thompson on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelslau/ Office of the City Auditor at the City of Austin - https://www.austintexas.gov/department/auditor Audit Reports - https://www.austintexas.gov/page/audit-reports Audit ATX - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/audit-atx/id1541056396 This episode's webpage - https://pareports.com/podcast/11/ About this podcast The podcast for performance auditors.Hosted by Conor McGarrity and Yusuf Moolla.Produced by PA Reports - Performance Audit Research.Get updates New episodes, and a fortnightly newsletter with a selection of PA reports and practices from audit offices. https://pareports.com/#cta-subscribe This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit performanceaudit.substack.com
8 | Stephen McAteer, Performance Audit Data Scientist at VAGO
06-09-2022
8 | Stephen McAteer, Performance Audit Data Scientist at VAGO
This originally aired as Episode 35 of The Assurance Show.Stephen McAteer leads the data science team within Performance Audit at VAGO, the Victorian Auditor General's Office.  In this episode, we discuss:What VAGO doesStephen's approach to helping auditors use dataWhy it's important for all performance auditors to have data skillsHow VAGO has used open data to improve transparencyYou can reach out to Stephen via LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/smcateer).LinksVAGO Audit Report – Measuring  and reporting on service delivery with interactive dashboard for exploring Victorian department performance (www.audit.vic.gov.au/report/measuring-and-reporting-service-delivery)VAGO Audit Report – Accessibility  of Tram Services with interactive map on the accessibility of Melbourne’s tram network (www.audit.vic.gov.au/report/accessibility-tram-services)VAGO Audit Report – Council Libraries which uses Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) to evaluate efficiency (www.audit.vic.gov.au/report/council-libraries)About this podcast The podcast for performance auditors.Hosted by Conor McGarrity and Yusuf Moolla.Produced by PA Reports - Performance Audit Research.Get updates New episodes, and a fortnightly newsletter with a selection of PA reports and practices from audit offices. https://pareports.com/#cta-subscribe This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit performanceaudit.substack.com