Information Technology Audit Report on Information Technology Governance of Select Public Entities – Jamaica Constabulary Force, Jamaica Information Service and Ministry of Finance and the Public Service
The increased use of Information Technology (IT) by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in pursing their strategic goals has highlighted the need for a structured approach to the governance of public sector IT resources. This approach, known as IT governance, is a structure of relationships and processes used to direct and control the organization to ensure the alignment of business with IT strategies and delivery of value. Therefore, as MDAs become increasingly dependent on technology to achieve their goals they must implement the necessary controls to ensure expected return on IT investments, management of risks and the performance of the IT function.
Our audit sought to determine whether the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Jamaica Information Service (JIS) and Ministry of Finance and the Public Service (MoFPS) have effective IT governance mechanisms in place to support the achievement of their strategic objectives and critical business requirements. The audit involved a review of the entities general controls, systems and procedures in particular those relating to IT governance for the financial years 2013/2014 to 2016/2017. We examined, on a test basis, evidence supporting compliance with relevant standards that are applicable to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) operations within each entity.