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Writing Effective Audit Observations - Webinar (Recorded)

  • Webinar

  • 90 Minutes
  • January 2018
  • Compliance Online
  • ID: 4899865
Why Should You Attend:

An audit report typically represents the conclusion of weeks of reviews, analyses, interviews and discussions. It demonstrates the value of your work as it provides information on the areas you reviewed and that needs to be addressed. Effectively communicating the results can positively influence readers and get the results you are seeking. A well written audit report adds value to your clients by providing:

Concise and persuasive reports
Observations and conclusions that can be easily communicated to a broad audience
Conclusive data that will enable them to take necessary action
The keys to an effective audit report are:

Knowing your reader and how to craft an audit report that will get their attention
Understanding the IIA Standards for report writing
Developing the best audit report structure for your situation
Knowing how to write effective audit findings
Understanding techniques to enhance the quality and look of your report

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

Identifying the Audit Report Provisions in the IIA Standards
Audit Report Writing Purpose
Types of Audit Reports
Elements of an Audit Report
Five Cs of an Audit Finding
Audit Report Quality
Audit Report Enhancements
Wrap Up and Review


Jonnie Keith has been in auditing for over 40 years. He retired in 2012 as the assistant general manager (AGM) of internal audit with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) in Atlanta, GA. He served in that capacity for over 10 years and was responsible for administering their overall audit activities. He was also responsible for the review and approval of all internal audit correspondence including audit reports, executive summaries, internal and external correspondence, etc.

Prior to that, he worked at MARTA as the operational audit manager and senior contract compliance auditor. He also worked at Norfolk Southern Railway (Southern Railway) as a senior operational auditor and started his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as a bank examiner.

Mr. Keith received a BA degree in economics from Clark Atlanta University (formerly Clark College). His certifications include: Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), and Certified Internal Control Auditor (CICA).

He has been a volunteer seminar instructor for the National Office of the Institute of Internal Auditors for several years and has taught numerous classes including: audit report writing, communication skills for auditors, advanced operational auditing, leadership skills for auditors, CIA review course, and more.