It Is Time We Move Out From Under the CFO Shadow

Posted on Nov 26, 2012

I learned important lessons early in my career about internal audit independence and the impairments that can come from reporting relationships. I began my career as a civilian internal auditor for the U.S. Army. At the time, we had more than 1,900 internal review (audit) auditors in more than 300 Army installations and commands around the world. Virtually every one of them worked directly for the comptroller — essentially the equivalent of a corporate chief financial officer (CFO).

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When Your Professional Assets Become Your Liabilities

Posted on Nov 15, 2012

Are you one of the best and brightest internal auditors in the profession? Are you dedicated, determined, and detail-oriented? Are you knowledgeable and self-reliant, and so you almost always have the correct recommendations for complex internal audit findings? Great! But be warned: Your professional assets can become liabilities.

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A Dead End Job? I Hardly Think So!

Posted on Nov 6, 2012

Anyone who knows me or follows this blog and my social media presence knows that I am not “thin-skinned” when it comes to constructive criticism of the internal audit profession. I am confident in the remarkable progress that our profession has made and the stature that it now enjoys. I even discuss opportunities for our profession to improve when speaking at internal audit conferences and other events because I believe bringing issues to light can make our profession stronger. But when I read what I believe is misleading research, or when I see inaccurate headlines/articles directed at the profession, I will always make a vigorous effort to set the record straight. Such is the case with a recent research report from a group of Brigham Young University professors and an ensuing CFO.com article.

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