Virtual Symposium: Preparing Public Sector Auditors for Tomorrow’s Terrain

7/24/2018 10:00 AM
7/24/2018 2:00 PM
Eastern Time (ET)
9/23/2018 12:00 AM

Registration will close 24 hours prior to the beginning of the webinar start time listed.

Registration will close 24 hours prior to the beginning of the start time listed.

The Public Sector Audit Center is hosting a Virtual Symposium, Preparing Public Sector Auditors for Tomorrow’s Terrain, on Tuesday, July 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET. This premier online training opportunity provides government auditors a chance to learn and engage through a convenient and flexible web-based console. 

​Join us for a dynamic four-part symposium specifically designed for the public sector auditor. Attendees will learn how to address cyber threats, build trust between oversight and management, use technology to overcome fiscal constraints, and apply new techniques to organize evidence and improve audit findings.​​

Topic 1: Challenges and Opportunities in the Public Sector in 2018 and Beyond

Presented by: Richard F. Chambers

  • Understand the financial pressures of the public-sector and how they impact the work of public-sector internal auditors.
  • Learn how technology can help overcome fiscal constraints but also how it creates new challenges.
  • 5 things government CAEs could learn from their corporate counterparts.
  • The unique challenges of “Throwing stones in a glass house.”

Topic 2: Cybersecurity Threats in the Public Sector: Are You Prepared?

Presented by: Theresa Grafenstine

  • ​Discuss the evolving and expanding role of cyber in our personal and professional lives.
  • Provide an overview of cyber trends and classic breach tactics.
  • Offer strategies as to how public sector auditors can take a proactive role in helping their organizations address cyber threats.

Topic 3: Keeping Performance Auditing on Track, Tools and Techniques for Facilitating Critical Thinking

Presented by: Janet St. Laurent

  • Learn how to apply tools such as an audit design matrix to facilitate effective audit planning with sound linkages between objectives, scope, and methodology.
  • Understand and apply techniques such as Writing on Walls to organize evidence and develop audit findings.
  • Become familiar with tips such as the x-ray technique to effectively critique and improve draft reports.

Topic 4: Shaping the Tone at the Top from the Audit Perspective

Presented by​: Jon T. Rymer

  • ​Learn how to gauge Executive Management’s commitment to oversight in general and internal auditing specifically.
  • How to explain the value of auditing to external stakeholders and what it means to Management.
  • ​Building trust between the oversight function and Executive Management.​


PSAC​ Member: $80
IIA Member: $120
Public: $160
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Richard F. Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA

President and CEO, The IIA

Richard F. ChambersRichard F. Chambers is president and CEO of The IIA, the global professional association and standard-setting body for internal auditors. Chambers has more than four decades of internal audit and association management experience, mostly in leadership positions. Prior to taking the helm of The IIA in 2009, he was national practice leader in Internal Audit Advisory Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers; inspector general of the Tennessee Valley Authority; deputy inspector general of the U.S. Postal Service; and director of the U.S. Army Worldwide Internal Review Organization at the Pentagon. He currently serves on the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) Board of Directors; the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC); and The IIA Board of Directors, as well as the Georgia State University School of Accountancy Advisory Council and the University of Alabama Culverhouse School of Accountancy’s Professional Advisory Board. Chambers also has served on the U.S. President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency. Accounting Today has named him one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting and he has been named one of the most influential leaders in corporate governance by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). In 2016, Chambers was honored by American City Business Journals’ Orlando Business Journal as a top CEO of the Year. Chambers has authored two award-winning books: Trusted Advisors: Key Attributes of Outstanding Internal Auditors, which was released in early 2017; and Lessons Learned on the Audit Trail, available in five languages.


Managing Director, Deloitte

Theresa GrafenstineTheresa Grafenstine is an Advisory Managing Director, serving the internal auditing and federal practices for Deloitte & Touche LLP in Arlington, Virginia, USA. Before joining Deloitte, Grafenstine served as inspector general of the US House of Representatives, where she was responsible for planning and leading independent, non-partisan audits, advisories, and investigations of the financial and administrative functions of the House. Prior to joining the House Office of Inspector General (OIG), Grafenstine served at the Department of Defense (DoD) OIG, where she led acquisition audits of major weapon systems and was selected to respond to high-profile Congressional audit requests. She is the chairman of ISACA’s International Board of Directors and a past president of the ISACA Greater Washington DC Chapter. Grafenstine also serves on the board of directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and as the audit committee chair of the Pentagon Federal Credit Union. She has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Golden Gov Federal Executive of the Year, the Greater Washington DC Society of Government CPA Leader of the Year, and ISACAs John W. Lainhart IV Common Body of Knowledge Award and John Kuyers Best Speaker/Conference Contributor Award.

Janet St. Laurent

Managing Director, Defense Capabilities and Management, U.S. GAO

Janet St. LaurentMs. Janet St. Laurent is Managing Director of the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Defense Capabilities and Management team. Her primary responsibilities are to manage and testify on GAO’s work related to defense issues including force structure, readiness, logistics, infrastructure, base closures, defense budgets, emerging threats, business transformation and military and civilian human capital issues. She has also led numerous reviews and testified on DOD’s support to ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, she co-led GAO’s first congressionally-mandated annual report on opportunities to reduce potential duplication in government programs, save tax dollars, and enhance revenue which was issued in March 2011. As co-leader of this effort, she provided testimony on cost-savings opportunities to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform in September 2010 and has participated in numerous conferences and radio and television events.

From 2003-2006, Ms St. Laurent served as Director for Force Structure and Defense Planning in GAO’s Defense Capabilities and Management team. Her principal duties included leading GAO’s work on force structure, defense planning, strategic forces, and military transformation issues. Prior to August 2002, she served as an Assistant Director in the Defense Capabilities and Management team for 10 years. Ms. St. Laurent joined GAO’s Boston Regional Office in 1978 and also served in GAO’s offices in New York City and Frankfurt, Germany where she conducted numerous evaluations of foreign aid, defense, energy and social programs.

Ms. St. Laurent received a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College in 1999. She also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts. In 2001, she completed an executive leadership program at Harvard University. Ms St Laurent has received numerous GAO awards throughout her career and was a 2011 Samuel J Heyman Service to America award finalist.

Jon T. Rymer

Auditing and Accounting Executive

Jon T. RymerThe Honorable Jon T. Rymer was a presidential appointee in both the Barack Obama and George W. Bush administrations serving as the Inspector General at the US Department of Defense, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Rymer also served as the Chair of the Audit Committee for the Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency and as Chair of the Comptroller General's Advisory Council on Standards of Internal Control in the Federal Government (the Green Book) and as a member of GAO's Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards.

Mr. Rymer earned a BA in Economics from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Mr. Rymer holds several financial certifications including: Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Government Auditing Professional and Certified Defense Financial Manager.

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Event Information

Course Duration: 4 hours
CPE Hours: 4
Knowledge Level: Basic
Field of Study: Auditing (Governmental)


Advance Preparation:


Delivery Method: Group Internet based
Virtual Symposium

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