How well you communicate the audit observations is critical to getting management’s acceptance of your findings and their agreement with your recommendations. A well written compliance audit report adds value to your clients by providing information that is:
In addition to audit reports, these elements can apply to all kinds of writings including:
The objective of any report is to provide important information to management in the area reviewed. It represents the end result of weeks of reviews, analyses, interviews and discussions. The quality of that report will have an impact on how well the report is understood and accepted. A report with the best information and recommendations may not be acted upon if the report is poorly written and hard to understand.
Poor quality reports can result in management:
Ideally, the operational audit report should provide management with enough information to understand:
Years of Experience: 40+ years
Areas of Expertise: Process Reviews and Assessments, Internal Control Evaluations, Fraud analysis and Internal Audit Training
Jonnie Keith has been in auditing for over 40 years. He retired in 2012 as the assistant general manager (AGM) of internal audit with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) in Atlanta, GA. He served in that capacity for over 10 years and was responsible for administering their overall audit activities. He was also responsible for the review and approval of all internal audit correspondence including audit reports, executive summaries, internal and external correspondence, etc.
Prior to that, he worked at MARTA as the operational audit manager and senior contract compliance auditor. He also worked at Norfolk Southern Railway (Southern Railway) as a senior operational auditor and started his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as a bank examiner.
Mr. Keith received a BA degree in economics from Clark Atlanta University (formerly Clark College). His certifications include: Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), and Certified Internal Control Auditor (CICA).
He has been a volunteer seminar instructor for the National Office of the Institute of Internal Auditors for several years and has taught numerous subjects including: audit report writing, communication skills for auditors, advanced operational auditing, leadership skills for auditors, CIA review course, and more.View all trainings by this speaker