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Planning Audit Assignments

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May 23 - May 24, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , WED-THU
Washington , DC $649 O
Jul 23 - Jul 24, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , MON-TUE
Philadelphia , PA $649 O
Sep 19 - Sep 20, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , WED-THU
Washington , DC $649 O
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Course overview

Careful planning is the foundation of success in completing quality performance audits, quickly. Recognizing that audits are projects, a structured approach is presented for planning and performance audits that parallels project management principles. In the approach you learn:

(1) a risk method to apply in identifying value-added subjects and issues for audit;
(2) how to formulate audit objectives that meet standards, make clear what an audit is to accomplish, and provide for obtainingevidence todetermine the nature and extent of identified problems;
(3) how to apply a step-by-step process in selecting the scope of work and methodology for obtaining evidence to answer the audit objectives;
(4) how to document the audit plan using a design matrix, and
(5) factors to consider an assigning staff to conduct the audit. Simulated real-world practice is provided with numerous public sector case studies and exercises.

This course aligns with the following DoD FM competency:
DoD FM CompetencyProficiency LevelHours
Audit Planning and Management 3 16

Who should attend?

Experienced performance auditors. This course is beneficial for anyone preparing to take the CGAP Exam. Participants should be familiar with the material covered in Basic Governmental Auditing (AUDT7001G).

Level: Intermediate.

Learning outcomes

  • Explain the role of objectives in performance auditing
  • Use risk assessment to identify areas of vulnerability and performance improvement for audit
  • Apply a step-by-step approach in designing audits to achieve the objectives and use a matrix to document the design
  • Explain the role of audit surveys in providing information for use in planning
  • Apply a pre-survey conference to decide what information to obtain in preparing a plan for conducting a survey
  • Write objectives that make clear what the audit is to accomplish; provide direction for planning and field work, facilitate report writing; and meet auditing standards
  • Use a structured approach in selecting the scope and methodology to achieve the objectives, and use a matrix to document the design
  • Cite factors to consider in determining staff and other resource needs

Course outline

Syllabus -- Planning Audit Assignments, AUDT8451G, Grad. School, USDA

Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Audit Selection Phase

Module 3: Survey Phase

Module 4: Defining Audit Objectives

Module 5: Planning Phase - Selecting Scope and Methodology

Module 6: Determining Staff and other Resource Needs

Module 7: Planning - Practice Application

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