The Office of the Auditor General of Ontario (OAGO) is an independent Office of the Legislative Assembly that conducts value-for-money and financial audits of the provincial government and its ministries and agencies. It also audits organizations in the broader public sector that receive provincial funding.
The OAGO needed a skilled copy editor who could work under tight deadlines to edit reports detailing their teams’ value-for-money audits (i.e., audits that assess whether taxpayers are getting value for their money).
These reports are posted publicly on the OAGO’s website, although the main readers of the reports are MPPs; the OAGO’s Annual Report includes the value-for-money audits and is tabled before the House when it rises at the end of each year.
I was hired to work with three audit teams to help get their reports ready for review by the Auditor General (AG) and the relevant Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) for clearance and ministry responses, in time for the Annual Report’s publication.
I was initially assigned to edit two audit reports:
- Value-for-Money Audit: Private Career Colleges Oversight (2021) (76 pages)
- Value-for-Money Audit: Public Colleges Oversight (2021) (82 pages)
I edited the reports to ensure the writing was clear and free of run-on sentences, the formatting was consistent, and each paragraph and section flowed logically into the next.
I also edited the reports’ Summary and headings with an eye to communicating their impact (the “why should I care?”) to the reader.
Besides the Summary, each report contains a Background, Audit Objective and Scope, Detailed Audit Observations, and Appendices section, as well as Recommendations and the relevant ministry’s responses.
Copy editing also included ensuring readability, accuracy, and consistency of:
I was then invited to work on a third report:
As with the other reports, I did several rounds of editing/proofreading to polish both the report writing as well as the figures, appendices, tables, and charts.
Editing ranged from larger structural edits (including writing some suggested copy) to fixing proofreading grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.
All of the reports required timely email communication and meetings with the director/manager and other audit team members to ensure I heard and incorporated their feedback into the editing, and to have the reports ready in time for their deadlines (7–10 days editing one report).
It was an absolute pleasure to work with the OAGO audit teams and staff editors, and I look forward to working on the upcoming reports in 2022!
(Note: Following the AG/ADM review of an edited report, additional edits may have been made by the audit team/staff editors, but the bulk of the edits were made during our work together.)
- Copy editing
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