"In a post–SOX era, internal audit plays a key role in helping CEOs and CFOs to assess internal controls over financial reporting. Effective communication, by way of issuing clear, crisp, and timely internal audit reports, is essential to the speedy remedy of any deficiencies representing high risk for the corporation. This book serves as a tool box to improve such written communication from internal audit."
Stephane Girard, former director, Internal Audit, Schlumberger Limited
"This is a cutting–edge book that should be of interest to anyone associated with the internal auditing profession. The book focuses on post–SOX issues as they relate to report writing and emphasizes the critical importance of written communication in the corporate world. The author′s unique process–oriented approach makes for a practical and readable end product that should prove beneficial to a wide audience of accounting practitioners."
Dr. Richard G. Brody, CPA, CFE, Associate Professor of Accounting, Anderson Schools of Management, University of New Mexico
"Internal Audit Reports Post Sarbanes–Oxley offers a broad array of practical tools and techniques to make internal audit communications effective in the world of global business. By using these techniques in their reports, e–mails, and phone conversations, internal auditors can connect the dots for audit committees and financial executives and transform information into knowledge."
Ted Senko, Global Leader of Internal Audit Services, KPMG
"Written with humor, energy, and clarity, I hear her message on each page. This will be a valuable tool to all auditors, and others, who write financial reports."
Nicholas J.S. Causton, Manager, Financial Training, Schlumberger LTD
Internal auditors are the front–line financial reporters for most companies. Now, in addition to logging their findings and making recommendations, they are required to link their findings directly to potential risks and accountability issues in accordance with the Sarbanes–Oxley Act. Brimming with commonsense advice delivered in a conversational, easy–to–read style, Internal Audit Reports Post Sarbanes–Oxley: A Guide to Process–Driven Reporting helps internal auditors and financial managers to transform raw data into useable information and to then translate that information into actionable messages while complying with SOX.
About the Author.
About the Institute of Internal Auditors.
SECTION ONE: FROM VENI, VIDI, VICI TO SOX.
Chapter 1: Process–Driven Reporting.
Chapter 2: The Latest Standards.
Chapter 3: New Rules and New Tools.
SECTION TWO: GOING WITH THE FLOW.
Chapter 4: New Looks for Audit Reports.
Chapter 5: The Value–Added Spoken (and E–Mailed) Word.
SECTION THREE: REPORT WRITING 101, ER, MAKE THAT 404.
Chapter 6: Critical Word Choices.
Chapter 7: Structured Sentences.
Chapter 8: Paragraphs, Punctuation, and Capitalization.
Chapter 9: Graphics and Editing.
SECTION FOUR: IT S A FLAT WORLD AFTER ALL.
Chapter 10: It s a Flat World After All.
Appendix A: Professional Standards.
Appendix B: Find the Flaws.
Appendix C: Bibliography.