How to Audit-Proof Your Department

(90 minutes) This webinar is a professional development opportunity that focuses on how a department can prepare for an audit through understanding audit lessons learned, internal controls and daily department operations.  This workshop provides an in-depth look at audit issues through a combination of audit trends, review of Federal audit reports, and a discussion of day-to-day best practices. In addition, we will discuss the role of the department administrator so your department will be set up for a successful audit. 

Jennifer Mitchell, Associate Executive Director, Research Financial Operations, Northwestern University
Roseann Luongo, Higher Ed Consulting Manager, Huron Consulting

Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Participants should have an introductory knowledge of sponsored administration and associated terminology.

Handouts will be available 24 hours before the live webinar. 

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Member Price: $105.00
Non-Member Price: $125.00

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  • Participants will understand the key audit issues in award management, including documentation, cost allowability and allocation, adhering to special provisions, and internal control deficiencies.
  • Participants will be able to audit pitfalls and identify ways to manage them.
  • Participants will understand internal controls and ways to close gaps in internal controls.
  • Participants will be able to recognize the various roles and responsibilities of in an audit.
  • Participants will take away "lessons learned" from federal audits to help your institutions manage the high risk financial issues in award management.

Jennifer Mitchell

Associate Executive Director, Research Financial Operations

Northwestern University

Roseann Luongo

Higher Ed Consulting Manager

Huron Consulting

Participants receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credits = .2 CEU's for each webinar.

You can access your certificate from the box on the right side of the screen, after filling out the webinar evaluation.

Watching in a group? Everyone watching the presentation can request a CEU certificate by writing down the verification code at the end of the webinar. Please make a note of the verification code as it will not be available after the webinar.

The main registrant can access instructions on the Group CEU tab for group participants to receive CEU certificates.

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