American Center for Government Auditing: A Platform for Guardians of Public Trust

Posted on Mar 30, 2014

Government auditors often don’t get the respect they deserve. Not only do they contend with notoriously tight budgets and limited staff, but they also work in a politically charged environment where policies and procedures often are anchored in the shifting sands of political will, rather than in best practices. Doing the right thing can be especially difficult when it runs counter to a popularly held opinion. As I have noted before, we all have an interest in their success, because they are “the guardians of public trust.” 

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10 Vital Lessons From the Audit Trail

Posted on Mar 23, 2014

Over the years, I have sought to use this blog to offer critical imperatives that I believe internal auditors needed to address. Sometimes, these were strategic. Sometimes, they were tactical. Many of the blog posts were drawn from my experiences as an internal auditor and chief audit executive. I recently took the next step and assimilated the lessons I’ve learned throughout my career into a book. Lessons Learned on the Audit Trail is being released this week by The IIA Research Foundation.

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The Amazing Growth of Internal Auditing in the Middle East

Posted on Mar 17, 2014

In the 73 years since The Institute of Internal Auditors was founded, our profession has grown at a remarkable rate. But as with all occupations, internal auditing has had its ups and downs. The pace has never been steady and, at times, activity has been greater in some industries or geographic regions than in others.

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Five Things the Audit Committee Won't Tell Internal Audit

Posted on Mar 10, 2014

Most audit executives work hard to develop open relationships with their audit committee members. The effort generally pays off. Regardless of how hard we work at fostering openness and honesty, however, some audit committee members may not be comfortable telling us everything that’s on their minds. Sometimes, they simply may not know enough about internal audit to know what we are capable of, and sometimes they are simply trying to spare our feelings. But often, it’s the things they don’t or won’t say that we most need to hear. 

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Being the Corporate Conscience: Where are the Boundaries?

Posted on Mar 3, 2014

My colleague and fellow InternalAuditorOnline blogger Norman Marks recently wrote that "Internal Auditors Should Be Brave," meaning they should not hesitate to speak up about the things that need to be said, even if they face the prospect of retribution. 

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