We Are Internal Auditors

Posted on Dec 30, 2013

One final reprint for the year's end.  I'll let it speak for itself.  But, as we close out 2013 I want to say that I hope you had a good year and are planning an even better 2014.  Remember, we're all in this together.

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'Twas the Night of the Audit

Posted on Dec 24, 2013

‘Twas the night of the audit and all through the room
Not a person was happy, they all sat in gloom.
The files were stored in the cabinets with care
‘Cause internal auditing soon would be there.
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The Conclusion of It's a Wonderful Audit Career

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

George stood on the roof of the 20-story Bedford Company. It was where he had first thought about jumping, and it is where he had stopped Clarence from climbing over the railing. George closed his eyes, laid his head against that railing, and began pleading. "Clarence, Clarence, help me. Clarence, get me back. I don't care if they haul me away for issuing that audit committee report. Just get me back to my auditors. Help me Clarence. I wanna be an auditor again. Please, let me be an auditor again."
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The Auditing Guru

Posted on Dec 20, 2013

Somewhere in the middle of the endless, wind-battered openness that is the plains of North Dakota there is a ten-story building. Nine of the floors of that building are vacant. The tenth floor contains an office. 

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More Audit Carols

Posted on Dec 19, 2013

For your dancing, dining, singing, and holiday pleasure, a few more auditing carols. Here's an idea: Get the auditors together, run through the songs a few times, take another shot of courage, and then share the joy of auditing with the rest of the company.
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How the Auditee Stole Findings

Posted on Dec 18, 2013

Every auditor, down in Auditville, liked audits a lot ...
But the auditee, who lived just north of Auditville, did NOT!
The auditee hated audits! The whole audit season!
Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
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In the Spirit of the Season

Posted on Dec 17, 2013

I know I am not the first to warn you, but the holidays are quickly approaching. In fact, if you haven't had a chance to identify that last finding for every auditor on your list, it may be too late. Well, with all the hustle and bustle, I wanted to provide you a small respite. For these last few days leading up to Christmas, I'd like to share some of my favorite holiday postings from the past.
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It's All About Agreement - Part 5 - The Ultimate Agreement

Posted on Dec 15, 2013

We've talked about agreement on the findings, we've talked about agreement throughout the audit process, we've talked about agreement among ourselves, and we've even talked about agreement with the audit committee and executive management. "What could be left?" you might ask. Well, there is a whole group of people out there who do not work for the organization, but are key to the organization's success.
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It's All About Agreement - Part 4 - Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying...

Posted on Dec 9, 2013

There are two important areas of agreement that we further need to consider.  And they all revolve around the audit committee.

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It's All About Agreement - Part 3 - We Can't Even Agree On Our Own Terms

Posted on Dec 4, 2013

We throw the word risk around a lot – our audit approach is risk-based, there are risks to the achievement of objectives, we need to know the organization's risk tolerance, we have to manage the risk of the internal audit activity, there may be a risk in issuing that audit report at this time. But the thing I find fascinating is that, in spite of there being authoritative pronouncements on the subject, we often, without realizing it, do not agree on the meaning of the word.
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