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11/10/2020 1:00 PM
11/12/2020 3:00 PM
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9/10/2020 12:00 AM

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Public Sector Auditors Under Attack

The Public Sector Audit Center is hosting its fourth Virtual Symposium on Tuesday, November 10, and Thursday, November 12, from 1:00–3:10 p.m. ET each day. This premier online training event provides a chance to learn and engage through a convenient and flexible web-based console. Join us for a dynamic livestreaming symposium specifically designed for the public sector auditor.

Topic 1: Common Criticisms of Public Sector Auditors– Part I (Auditing/Governmental)

Date:Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020
Time: 1:00–3:10 p.m. ET

Part I: 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

Description: In Part I, we will examine the current operating environment for public sector auditors, which is becoming increasingly volatile. From political attacks to physical attacks, public sector auditors are under attack from multiple fronts. We’ll explore common scenarios and criticisms with real-world examples of how these attacks play out.

Learning Objectives

  • Consider the current public sector audit environment, understanding auditors’ inherent disadvantages and risk adversity for engaging in the political arena.
  • Garner a better understanding of how the Standards support public sector auditors and audit results.

Speaker


Jon T. RymerJon T. Rymer, CIA, CGAP, CDFM
Former Inspector General, U.S. Department of Defense and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Jon T. Rymer is a financial services consultant in the Washington, DC area. Mr. Rymer has served as the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Defense and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and as Interim Inspector General at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. A Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Government Auditing Professional, and Certified Defense Financial Manager, Mr. Rymer served for eight years as Chair of the Audit Committee of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. Mr. Rymer was also a member of the Comptroller General’s Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards (the Yellow Book), Chair of the Government Accountability Office’s Green Book Advisory Council, and a member of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board’s Accounting and Auditing Policy Committee. Prior to entering federal civilian service, Mr. Rymer worked as a Director at KPMG LLP, where he led an auditing and advisory practice that assisted clients on matters of business process improvement and internal auditing. Mr. Rymer served for more than 33 years in the active and reserve components of the U.S. Army.

Topic 1 Cont.: Common Criticisms of Public Sector Auditors – Part II (Communications and Marketing)

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020
Time: 2:10-3:10 p.m. ET

Description: In Part II, we will consider how audit results have been attacked in the past and what we are seeing now in an age of diminishing accountability and transparency, where public trust is eroding amidst tribalism and “fake news.” Scenarios involving bully pulpits, termination, obstruction, and stonewalling will be examined, as will strategies for combatting such attacks.

Learning Objectives

  • Consider how the era of “fake news” is contributing to public sector audit criticisms..
  • Learn to identify potentially damaging techniques employed to level criticism at public sector audit.
  • Develop real-time strategies to combat these techniques.

Speakers

Kip MemmotKip Memmott, CGAP, CRMA
Audit Director, Oregon Secretary of State

Kip Memmott currently serves as the Audits Director for the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office. This is the state auditor position for Oregon. Kip’s professional positions include Chief Audit Executive for the Oregon State Treasury, Director of Audit Services for the City and County of Denver, Colorado, Audit Manager with the County of San Diego, California, Performance Audit Supervisor with the State of Arizona’s Office of the Auditor General, and as a Senior Consultant with KPMG.

Kip serves on the Institute of Internal Auditors’ (IIA) Public Sector Auditing Center’s Advisory Board and previously served as an officer on the Association of Local Government Auditors’ (ALGA) Governing Board. He currently serves as chair of the Pacific Northwest Intergovernmental Audit Forum.

Mara AshMara Ash, CIA, CRMA, CGAP, CGFM
CEO, Business & Financial Management Solutions, LLC; Chairman, The IIA’s Public Sector Audit Center Committee

Mara Ash has more than 25 years of operational and audit experience in the government and private sectors. A federal compliance and grants expert, she possesses in-depth experience in building programs and processes that align agency objectives with regulatory requirements. Her career spans senior finance and compliance positions serving all levels of government — federal, state, and local — where her unique background with both public and private sectors has created innovative solutions. She is a member of The IIA and the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), where she has held various leadership positions. Ms. Ash believes in success built on efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency. Her goal is to help organizations improve service delivery, ensure compliance, enhance transparency, and reduce costs.

Topic 2: Panel Discussion: “War Stories” and Strategies to Defend Against Criticism and Support Audit Results

Date:Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020
Time: 1:00–3:10 p.m. ET

Auditing (Governmental)

Description: This panel discussion will address how auditors at all levels can defend against these attacks and criticisms and how to strategically position yourself as a trusted advisor. We’ll examine mechanisms to demonstrate independence and objectivity from audit leaders who have lived it. We’ll discuss strategies that have worked for our panelists and their outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover how to defend against criticism and support audit results.
  • Discuss strategies for becoming a trusted advisor.
  • Explore real-world audit skills that will help you defend against criticism.

Panelists

Catherin MelvinCatherine Melvin, CIA, CPA, CLEA
Chief Auditor, Texas Department of Public Safety

A career public servant, Catherine Melvin has extensive experience in Texas state governmental internal auditing, including more than 20 years of service as a Chief Audit Executive. She began her career as an Auditor I and has since worked in several state agencies across various sectors, including health/human services, regulatory, statewide oversight, and public safety. A leader in both state government and the internal audit community, Ms. Melvin has served on and led numerous interagency and professional committees and task forces. She has focused her career in public service — assisting Texas state agencies in achieving their goals and objectives while being accountable to the public for efficiency, transparency, economy, effectiveness, and excellence.

Kip MemmottKip Memmott, CGAP, CRMA
Audit Director, Oregon Secretary of State

Kip Memmott currently serves as the Audits Director for the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office. This is the state auditor position for Oregon. Kip’s professional positions include Chief Audit Executive for the Oregon State Treasury, Director of Audit Services for the City and County of Denver, Colorado, Audit Manager with the County of San Diego, California, Performance Audit Supervisor with the State of Arizona’s Office of the Auditor General, and as a Senior Consultant with KPMG.

Kip serves on the Institute of Internal Auditors’ (IIA) Public Sector Auditing Center’s Advisory Board and previously served as an officer on the Association of Local Government Auditors’ (ALGA) Governing Board. He currently serves as chair of the Pacific Northwest Intergovernmental Audit Forum.

Glenda OstranderGlenda Ostrander, CIA, CFE, CGAP, CGFM, CRMA
Director of Internal Audit, Gwinnett County Public Schools

Glenda Ostrander is the Director of Internal Audit for Gwinnett County Public Schools, having moved to the metro Atlanta area from Tallahassee, Florida in January 2007.  She is responsible for administering a broad, comprehensive program of internal auditing within the school district, from conducting financial audits of local school activity funds to leading special fraud investigations as warranted.

Glenda has an extensive background in auditing.  Prior to assuming her duties as Director of Internal Audit, she served in a similar role as Supervisor of Internal Auditing for Leon County Schools in Tallahassee, Florida. Prior to joining the school district, she was an auditor in various capacities with the Florida Department of Education, with the most recent supervising FTE auditors in the Gainesville and Tallahassee regional offices.  She has a keen interest in fraud-related matters and audit issues.

Dena PalamedesDena Palamedes, CCSA, CRMA, CPA, CMA
Certified IIA Canada Facilitator/Trainer; IIA Canada Board Member; Former Chief Audit and Evaluation Executive, Canada Border Services Agency

Dena Palamedes has worked in numerous Federal Government departments and agencies for more than 36 years. Her experiences are varied and include: managing the structural transformation at Transport Canada in Civil Aviation; leading a team of auditors who reported to Parliament on federal hiring practices; the recruitment and development of the Federal Government’s Internal Audit community; and providing authoritative internal audit professional guidance. Dena has fulfilled internal audit and financial roles at: Canada Customs and Revenue Canada; Employment and Immigration; and National Defense. She holds CPA, CMA, CIA, CFE, CCSA and CRMA certifications. In December 2016, Dena retired from the position of Chief Audit Executive (CAE) and Director General, Internal Audit and Program Evaluation for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Dena currently consults in internal audit and program evaluation in the Canadian Federal Public Administration.  She is currently a member of IIA Canada's Board, the IIA International Public Sector Guidance Committee and is an IIA Facilitator.

Moderator

Mara AshMara Ash, CIA, CRMA, CGAP, CGFM
CEO, Business & Financial Management Solutions, LLC; Chairman, The IIA’s Public Sector Audit Center Committee

Mara Ash has more than 25 years of operational and audit experience in the government and private sectors. A federal compliance and grants expert, she possesses in-depth experience in building programs and processes that align agency objectives with regulatory requirements. Her career spans senior finance and compliance positions serving all levels of government — federal, state, and local — where her unique background with both public and private sectors has created innovative solutions. She is a member of The IIA and the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), where she has held various leadership positions. Ms. Ash believes in success built on efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency. Her goal is to help organizations improve service delivery, ensure compliance, enhance transparency, and reduce costs.

Pricing

IIA Member $85 | Nonmember $160
Groups of 3 or more, contact PSAC@theiia.org or +1-407-937-1111 for special rates.

Event Information

Course Duration: 2-4 hours
CPE Hours: 4
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Field of Study: Auditing (Governmental)
Prerequisites:

​Experience in the public sector auditor field.

Advance Preparation:

​None

Delivery Method: Group Internet based
Virtual Symposium

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