Writing Quality Audit Reports: Techniques and Standards

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    Speaker: Jonnie Keith
    Date: Friday, October 4th
    Time: 01:00 PM EDT | 10:00 AM PDT


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    Duration: 90 Minutes
    Product Code: 50969
    Level: Intermediate
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OVERVIEW

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:

  • Accurate
  • Objective
  • Clear
  • Concise
  • Constructive
  • Complete
  • Timely

In addition to audit reports, these elements can apply to all kinds of writings including:

  • Executive summaries
  • Fraud investigations
  • Consulting reports
  • Memos
  • General correspondence

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND

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:

  • Misunderstanding the information and making the wrong decisions
  • Getting too little information and making poor decisions
  • Getting too much information and wasting valuable time in making decisions

Ideally, the operational audit report should provide management with enough information to understand:

  • What was done
  • What was found
  • What management should do

AREAS COVERED

  • A review of the audit checklist and standards related to audit report quality
  • A detailed review of each of the seven report quality elements:
    • Accurate
    • Objective
    • Clear
    • Concise
    • Constructive
    • Complete
    • Timely
  • Various quality report exercises

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • The objective of this operational audit report training is to:
  • Provide a review of the operational audit process and standards related to audit report quality
  • Provide a detailed review of each of the seven report quality elements:
    • Accurate
    • Objective
    • Clear
    • Concise
    • Constructive
    • Complete
    • Timely
  • Participate in various quality report exercises

WHO WILL BENEFIT

  • Chief Audit Executives
  • Audit Directors
  • Audit Supervisors
  • Audit Managers
  • Staff Auditors
  • Government Auditors
  • Compliance Auditors
  • Internal Control Specialists
  • Public Accountants
  • Accounting Analysts
  • Business Analysts
  • Quality Control Specialists
  • Manual Developers
  • Accounting Managers
  • Quality / Operations VPs
  • Directors
  • Payroll Managers
  • Finance Managers

SPEAKER

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.

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