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 IIA Northern Nevada Chapter: Audit Report Writing

Start Date/Time:  9/28/2017  8:00 AM
End Date/Time:  9/29/2017  5:00 PM
Location:  IGT, 9295 Prototype Dr., Reno, NV 89521
Speaker:  Leita Hart-Fanta, CPA, CGFM, CGAP
Instructional Delivery Method:  Live Group
Field of Study:  Auditing
CPE Credit (s):  16 hours
Advanced Preparation:  None required
Program Level:  Intermediate
Program Description: 
A logically organized report is a gift to the reader. In this course, you will learn how to create meaningful, concise reports based on compelling evidence. We will walk through major steps of the audit planning process to learn how to filter out irrelevant information and focus on what matters. Participants will learn how to create limited audit objectives which result in reasonable and supportable audit conclusions.
This class is beneficial for both new and experienced internal and legislative 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 GAO’s Yellow Book and suggested by the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Topics include:
  • Structure audit content in support of audit recommendations
  • Create convincing, implementable, and auditable recommendations
  • Generate concise and logical findings in an hour or less
  • Choose the strongest content for your finding
  • Decide how much detail to share in the report
  • Create attention grabbing executive summaries easily
  • Consider the necessity and usefulness of other sections of the audit report
  • Sequence findings for maximum impact
  • Evaluate statements of fact for evidential support
  • Quantify findings
  • Recognize dangerous tone and language
  • Establish expectations and guidelines for creating a compelling finding
  • Decide when to pursue the root cause
  • Use a simple risk assessment model that considers inherent and control risk to filter out irrelevant findings
  • Break down a broad audit subject
  • Formulate a conclusion and recommendations
  • Focus the report conclusion on a finite, answerable objective

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Leita Hart-Fanta, CPA has developed curriculum and led seminars for hundreds of audit shops including shops at Walmart, Schlumberger, Valero, Sandia Labs, the Veteran’s Administration, the University of Texas, the City of San Francisco, and various state legislative auditors and CPA firms. She was named an “Outstanding Presenter” by the
Institute of Internal Auditors in 2014. She is the author of over a dozen books on auditing and accounting, including essential audit skills, risk assessment, audit reporting, audit standards, and accounting essentials. She is the founder of, a website that offers self-study courses for auditors. 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.