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Updated View of Internal Auditing
Internal auditing has updated some definitions found in our text. Which of the following are the old and new
What is internal auditing?
Internal auditing is an independent appraisal Internal auditing is an independent, objective function established within an organization to assurance and consulting activity designed to add examine and evaluate its activities as a service to value and improve an organization's operations. It the organization. The objective of internal auditing helps an organization accomplish its objectives by is to assist members of the organization in the bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to effective discharge of their responsibilities evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk
management, control, and governance processes.
What do internal auditors do?
? Review reliability and integrity of financial and ? Identify risk factors and assess their
operating information.... significance. ? Review the systems established to insure ? Keep their organizations informed of all
compliance with the policies, plans, procedures, discoveries and research observations made
laws, and regulations... during the audit process.
? Review the means of safe guarding assets... ? Review operations to determine if they are
helping to achieve corporate objectives. ? Appraise the economy and efficiency or
resource employment. ? Review compliance with laws and regulations
and ensure that the structure is in place to ? Review operations or programs to ascertain
remain compliant. whether results are consistent with established
objectives and goals ? Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of
controls to achieve objectives.
? Reviewing the means used by the organization
to protect its assets.
Certification for Internal Auditors
Four-part, two day, exam offered in May and November. Each part is 80 multiple choice questions.
1) Part I - Internal Audit Process
a) Auditing 65 - 75%
b) Professionalism 10 - 20%
c) Fraud 10 - 20%
2) Part II - Internal Audit Skills
a) Problem Solving & Evaluating Audit Evidence 45–60%
b) Data Gathering, Documentation, & Reporting 25–40%
c) Sampling and Mathematics 10–20%
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3) Part III - Management Control and Information Technology
a) Management Control 30–40%
b) Operations Management 10–20%
c) Information Technology 45–55%
4) Part IV - The Audit Environment (Eligible for Professional Recognition Credit)
a) Financial Accounting 30–40%
b) Finance 20–30%
c) Managerial Accounting 20–30%
d) Regulatory Environment 10–20%
The IIA offers two other certifications:
? Certification In Control Self-Assessment
? identifies the skill sets needed by successful practitioners of CSA, and
? measures understanding of CSA
? Certified Government Auditing Professional
? Explores candidates' comprehension of government auditing practice, methodologies, and
environment, as well as related standards and control/risk models.
For more information about these IIA certifications: http://www3.theiia.org/ecm/certification.cfm?doc_id=12
Code of Ethics
The IIA adopted a new code of ethics in June 2000. It can be found at: http://www3.theiia.org/ecm/guide-
frame.cfm?doc_id=604 In summary, the new code has two parts:
Principles: (1) Integrity, (2) Objectivity, (3) Confidentiality, (4) Competency
Rules: Behaviors to implement the 4 principles mentioned above.
Match the Principle to the Rule.
_____ Shall engage only in those services for which they have the necessary knowledge, skills, and
_____ Shall be prudent in the use and protection of information acquired in the course of their duties.
_____ Shall not accept anything that may impair or be presumed to impair their professional judgment.
_____ Shall perform their work with honesty, diligence, and responsibility.
_____ Shall not knowingly be a party to any illegal activity, or engage in acts that are discreditable to the
profession of internal auditing or to the organization.
_____ Shall not participate in any activity or relationship that may impair or be presumed to impair their
_____ Shall not use information for any personal gain or in any manner that would be contrary to the law
or detrimental to the legitimate and ethical objectives of the organization.
_____ Shall continually improve their proficiency and the effectiveness and quality of their services.
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(These can be found at http://www3.theiia.org/ecm/guide-stand.cfm?doc_id=1321.) Also known as the Red Book: The IIA has adopted new standards which go into effect January 1, 2002. These can be found at
This is not a complete list. Selected standards are listed below to provide an illustration of how internal auditing
standards differ from those applicable to independent auditors.
100 - Independence - must be able to render impartial and unbiased judgments. Achieved through:
110 - Organizational Status - sufficient to accomplish audit objectives. What would indicate appropriate
120 - Objectivity - a mental attitude. What would indicate an impairment of objectivity?
200 - Professional Proficiency - persons assigned to each audit collectively possess the necessary knowledge, skills,
and disciplines to conduct the audit properly.
The Internal Audit Department
230 Supervision - The director of internal auditing should ensure that internal audits are properly
supervised. What is included in supervision?
The Internal Auditor
270 Continuing Education - Internal auditors should maintain their technical competence through
continuing education. What types of subjects should continuing education cover?
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300 Scope Of Work - The scope of internal auditing should encompass the examination and evaluation of the
adequacy and effectiveness of the organization’s system of internal control and the quality of performance in
carrying out assigned responsibilities.
340 Economical and Efficient Use of Resources - Internal auditors should appraise the economy and
efficiency with which resources are employed. What are some examples of inefficient or uneconomical use
350 Accomplishment of Established Objectives and Goals for Operations or Programs - Internal
auditors should review operations or programs to ascertain whether results are consistent with established
objectives and goals and whether the operations or programs are being carried out as planned. Who is
responsible for setting goals and objectives? What if there are no goals and objectives for a program?
400 Performance Of Audit Work - Audit work should include planning the audit, examining and evaluating
information, communicating results, and following up.
410 Planning the Audit - Internal auditors should plan each audit. What steps should be followed during
internal audit planning?
430 Communicating Results - Internal auditors should report the results of their audit work. What is
included in a well-written report?
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500.Management Of the Internal Auditing Department - The director of internal auditing should properly
manage the internal auditing department.
520 Planning - The director of internal auditing should establish plans to carry out the responsibilities of
the internal auditing department. What is typically included in the annual plan for an internal audit
550 External Auditors - The director of internal auditing should coordinate internal and external audit
efforts. What should be done to coordinate the work of internal and external auditors?
In order to illustrate the differences between financial and operational audits, review this example of an operational
audit program for the human resource function. How is it similar to / different from a financial audit program for
Audit Area: Human Resources
Objectives - Define the intended accomplishments.
1. Review and evaluate corporate human resource policies and
departmental internal control procedures.
2. Document the extent of compliance with policies and procedures.
Verify personnel additions, terminations, and adjustments are handled
accurately, properly, and promptly.
3. Evaluate departmental effectiveness and efficiency.
4. Evaluate management reports for effectiveness and reliability.
1. Research audit manuals and internet for program information.
2. Make audit announcement and request selected documentation be
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3. From preliminary audit program, determine what documentation will be
needed to perform audit.
4. Develop audit questionnaire. Request audit questionnaire be completed.
5. Meet with auditee for opening audit conference.
Objective 1A -Evaluate management administration and determine if standards
have been established.
1. Review applicable corporate and department policy and procedure
2. Review the departments general philosophy and approach to personnel
3. Determine if management of human resources is assisted by outside
organizations - employment agencies, consultants, etc.
* Review for possible relationship patterns
4. If applicable, review data (surveys, reports, etc.) provided by
5. Inquire about trends in exit interview data.
Objective 1B - Compare corporate and department policies to industry wide data.
1. Compare corporate policies to industry wide data.
2. Obtain and review management summaries of employee surveys.
Objective 2 - Test compliance with documented operating procedures.
1. Interview department personnel.
2. Select a sample of personnel files and test for adequate
documentation supporting corporate policy with respect to:
* recruitment - background reviews, applicant screening, interview
procedures, drug screen, philosophy, applicants are treated
identically, wage negotiations
* applicant rejections - pattern of rejections
* transfers and promotions - qualifications verified, compliance
with CAP program
* terminations/disciplinary actions - history documented
* performance evaluations - merit increase limitations, documented
* compensation - data supporting grade structure, factors
considered when grade established, wage structure is competitive,
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updating data, verify salary in personnel file agrees to payroll
3. Verify quality of records is acceptable
4. Verify maintenance of records in accordance with legal requirements
5. Verify personnel policies are applied fairly to all employees
* Verify salaries and wage adjustments of employees in personnel
department correspond to corporate policy.
* Review internal controls in H/R preventing inappropriate salary
levels, benefits, or adjustments.
* Review coordination between H/R and payroll
6. Review any pending legal cases
7. Review board minutes of Compensation Committee for H/R policy and
related compensation issues
Objective 3 - Perform comparative analysis of corporate data with benchmarking
1. Review turnover statistics, staffing statistics, cost per hire,
advertising costs, human resource inventory, payscales and benefit
Objective 4 - Obtain and review management reports. Verify report data and
assess quality of report.
1. Document what data related to human resources is reported. For
example: manpower analysis, turnover ratios, cost per employee of
personnel programs, absenteeism, employment statistics, etc.