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 The Art of the Finding

3/13/2018 8:00 AM
Clackamas Community College - Wilsonville 29353 Town Center Loop E Wilsonville,Oregon 97070 | Oregon

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Course Content & Learning Objectives

A logically organized report is a gift to the reader. In this course, you will learn how to create meaningful, concise reports without the headache. We will discuss ways to streamline your writing process as well as techniques for organizing your thoughts.

This class is beneficial for both new and experienced auditors. New auditors learn how to use the elements of a finding to structure their message. Experienced auditors learn how to set clear expectations, quickly review audit reports, and coach staff to improve their writing. The class is centered on the five elements of a finding — as required by the Government Accountability Office and recommended by the IIA.

Objectives include:

  • Structure audit content in support of audit recommendations
  • Create convincing, implementable and auditable recommendations
  • Choose the strongest content for your finding
  • Decide how much detail to share in the report
  • Quantify results
  • Enhance the readability of your report
  • Recognize dangerous tone and language
  • Establish expectations and guidelines for creating compelling findings
  • Decide when to pursue the root cause
  • Focus the report on a finite, answerable objective

Speaker Biography

Leita Hart-Fanta, CPA, CGFM, CGAP has developed curriculum and taught seminars for hundreds of audit teams including Walmart, Schlumberger, Valero Energy, Sandia Labs, the Veteran’s Administration, the University of Texas and the City of San Francisco. She also teaches courses for local IIA Chapters around the country.​ She is currently writing training curriculum for Deloitte and a self-study book on internal controls. She lives with her fishing obsessed husband and two beautiful tween daughters in Austin, Texas.

To learn more about Leita, see her website at 

Class size is limited to the first 45 registrants. Attendees will receive 8 CPE credits.

Early bird pricing through January 12th with additional discounts available if you register for both of the Wilsonville events (see Government Auditing Conference held on March 12th)

Cancellations or substitutions. To limit loss for this joint IIA Portland-Salem event, any cancellation notice received by January 12th will be given a full refund. Substitutions welcome after January 12th. Please contact Ian Green at IIA Salem for any cancellations or substitutions (


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