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

3/26/2019 1:00 PM
3/28/2019 3:00 PM
Eastern Time (ET)
1/18/2020 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 its Virtual Symposium, Preparing Public Sector Auditors for Today’s Terrain, on Tuesday, March 26 and Thursday, March 28 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET each day. 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 manage political pressure, build effective cross-department management, use new techniques to investigate fraud, and identify emerging and atypical risks.

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET
Topic 1: Political Pressure in the Public Sector
Field of Study: Personal Development
Presented by: Patricia Miller

  • Understand the nature and source of political power in an organization.
  • Learn how it affects Internal Audit and how frequently.
  • Hear case studies from the Public Sector and learn how CAEs managed the pressure.
  • Examine actions to take to minimize and manage political pressure.

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET
Topic 2: How Oregon Audited the State of the Internal Audit Profession in Oregon
Field of Study: Auditing (Governmental)
Presented by: Jamie Ralls

  • Learn how the effectiveness of an agency’s internal audit function is defined by the tone at the top.
  • Examine ways to overcome poor guidance, and lack of strategic management/effective coordination among departments/divisions.
  • Discover how internal audit can increase its value to the organization with an emphasis on existing resources.

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET
Topic 3: Fraud Investigations
Field of Study: Auditing (Governmental)
Presented byBrian J. Christ

  • Examine analytic techniques for identifying waste, fraud, and abuse.
  • Recognize how to leverage technology to help drive fraud investigations.
  • Learn strategies for coordination with other departments/divisions to best utilize resources.

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET
Topic 4: Pulse of the Profession 2019 Public Sector Results
Field of Study: Auditing (Governmental)
Presented by: Jim Pelletier

  • Learn about the challenges and solutions surrounding cybersecurity and data protection efforts.
  • Understand the specific emerging, third-party, and atypical risks facing internal auditors in the public sector.
  • Discover why internal audit’s findings and insights on critical risks may not be always be getting through to key stakeholders.


Both Sessions

PSAC​ Member: $85
IIA Member: $120
Public: $160

Individual Session

PSAC Member: $45
IIA Member: $65
Public: $85

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Patricia Miller, CIA, QIAL, CRMA

Former IIA Global Board Chair, Author, PKMiller Risk Consulting, LLC

Patty MillerPatty Miller has significant management and consulting experience in governance, risk management, and control. She spent 14 years with Deloitte, serving as the lead risk services partner on some of the firm’s technology and consumer business clients. Miller joined Deloitte following a 14-year career with Pacific Telesis and Pacific Bell, where she held numerous mid and senior management positions in areas including financial management, billing, internal audit, process design and re-engineering, project and program management, and merger planning and integration. She is a frequent speaker and trainer at locations worldwide and has authored or co-authored projects for The IIA’s Internal Audit Foundation and Internal Auditor magazine. Miller has served in numerous volunteer leadership roles with The IIA, including a term as its chairman and as a member of the executive committee for seven years. In addition, she has been presented with The IIA’s William G. Bishop III Lifetime Achievement Award and the Victor Z. Brink Award for Distinguished Service.

Jamie Ralls, CFE, ACDA

Audit Manager, Oregon Secretary of State Audits Division

Jamie RallsJamie Ralls has been with the Oregon Secretary of State Audits Division for 17 years currently working as an Audit Manager. In her work experience at the Audits Division, Jamie has led and conducted performance, financial, and IT-related audits. Jamie has been formally recognized for her high-impact audits and was the recipient of the 2015 National State Auditors Association Excellence in Accountability Award. In 2016, another audit she led received the “Impact Award” from the National Conference of State Legislators. Jamie is certified through ACL as a Data Analyst (ACDA) and leads the data mining function used to identify anomalies in data, potential fraud, waste, or misuse of state funds, as well as to identify potential audit topics. Jamie is a Certified Fraud Examiner and member of the Audits Division Investigations Team. She is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. As a Certified Fraud Examiner, Jamie helps manage the Oregon Government Waste Hotline and investigates allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse of state funds. She has assisted Oregon State Police and local District Attorneys in several fraud cases that resulted in convictions. Jamie routinely conducts training in fraud prevention and detection, data mining, and internal controls.

Brian J. Christ

Special Agent for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General

Andrea KropfBrian J. Christ is a Special Agent for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Office of Inspector General (OIG).
Prior to joining the USDOT-OIG, he worked for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration as an Investigator.  He served in the United States Army and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. In 2007, he was deployed to Iraq for 15 months. Brian has a Bachelor and Master’s in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).

Jim Pelletier, CIA, CGAP

Vice President, Standards and Professional Knowledge, The IIA

Jim PelletierJim Pelletier, CIA, CGAP, has more than 15 years, has more than 15 years of internal auditing experience in both the public and private sectors. In his current role as the vice president of Standards and Professional Knowledge for The IIA, he provides direction for The IIA’s Audit Executive Center, the Financial Services Audit Center, the Public Sector Audit Center, the Environmental, Health & Safety Audit Center, and the Standards and Guidance department. Prior to joining The IIA, Pelletier served as city auditor for the City of Palo Alto, California, and was the chief of audits for the County of San Diego. His diverse auditing experience also includes roles at the California State University System, PETCO Animal Supplies, State Street Corporation, and General Electric.

Event Information

Course Duration: 2–4 hours
CPE Hours: 4
Knowledge Level: Basic
Field of Study: Varies


Advance Preparation:


Delivery Method: Group Internet based
Virtual Symposium

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