Putting the Quality In Audit Reports

Jonnie T. Keith CIA, CFE, CGAP, CICA

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Learning Objectives

The objective of this webinar is to:

·         Provide a review of the audit standards related to audit report quality

·         Provide a detailed review of each of the seven report quality elements:

o   Accurate

o   Objective

o   Clear

o   Concise

o   Constructive

o   Complete

o   Timely

·Participate in various quality report exercises



How well you communicate that information is critical to getting management’s acceptance of your findings and their agreement with your recommendations.  A well written audit report adds value to your clients by providing information that is:









In addition to audit reports, these elements can apply to all kinds of writings including:

  • Executive summaries
  • Fraud investigations
  • Consulting reports
  • Memos
  • General correspondence


Why You Should Attend

The objective of any report is to provide important information to management in the area reviewed.  It represents the result of weeks of reviews, analyses, interviews and discussions.  The quality of that report will have an impact on how well the report is understood and accepted.  A report with the best information and recommendations may not be acted upon if the report is poorly written and hard to understand.  Poor quality reports can result in management:

  • Misunderstanding the information and making the wrong decisions
  • Getting too little information and making poor decisions
  • Getting too much information and wasting valuable time in making decisions


Ideally, the audit report should provide management with enough information to understand:

  • What was done in the audit
  • What was found in the audit

·         What management should do to address the audit concerns


Areas Covered in the Session

The areas covered includes:

·A review of the audit standards related to audit report quality

·A detailed review of each of the seven report quality elements:

o   Accurate

o   Objective

o   Clear

o   Concise

o   Constructive

o   Complete

o   Timely

·Various quality report exercises


Who Will Benefit

·Chief Audit Executives

·Audit Directors

·Audit Supervisors

·Audit Managers

·Staff Auditors

·Government Auditors

·Compliance Auditors

·Internal Control Specialists

·Public Accountants

·Accounting Analysts

·Business Analysts

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Speaker: Jonnie T. Keith CIA, CFE, CGAP, CICA,

Jonnie Keith has been in auditing 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 the overall audit activities including: Providing the Board of Directors, the General Manager/CEO (GM/CEO), MARTA Management and appropriate government entities with independent analysis, appraisals, and recommendations concerning operational, information technology, and contract compliance audits; Directing the day-to-day activities for three audit branches: Operational Audit, Information Technology Audit, and Contract Compliance Audit; Developing an annual risk-based audit program consistent with MARTA’s goals and objectives and strategic plan; Deploying audit resources to implement the annual audit plan efficiently and effectively; Reviewing and approving all audit programs for Operational, Information Technology, and Contract Compliance audit activities At this position, 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 (formally Southern Railway) as a senior operational auditor and started his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as a bank examiner. Jonnie Keith received a BA degree in Economics from Clark Atlanta University (formerly Clark College). Certifications include: Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP) 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: Beginning Audit Tools and Techniques Audit Report Writing Communication Skills for Auditors Operational Auditing: Advanced Operational Auditing: Introduction Leadership Skills for Auditors Audit Project Management CIA Review Course He has been married for over 42 years and has two adult daughters and two grandchildren. He and his wife authored the book: Tied Together – The Marriage Trinity.

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