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Audit, Inspection, and Evaluation Academy

The Audit, Inspection, and Evaluation (AI&E) Academy strives to advance the knowledge and capabilities of CIGIE audit, inspector and evaluator staff by delivering professional training and development opportunities and working with the CIGIE Audit, and Inspection and Evaluation Committees.

Beth A. Hoffman León, Director; Beth.Leon@cigie.gov


AI&E Academy Training

For fiscal year 2014 AI&E Academy training programs are only available to CIGIE members. Registration will occur through established CIGIE AI&E training officers. For more information on registration and tuition collection, go to www.ignet.gov/igcia/registration1.htm

If you have general questions regarding the AI&E Academy or its training programs, please send an e-mail to AIE@cigie.gov.

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FY'14 Training Program Descriptions

Click here to access a 1-page description of all AI&E Academy training programs.

Audit Peer Review (APR):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
February 20, 2014 Washington, D.C. $0 APR-1401
August 7, 2014 Washington, D.C. $0 APR-1402

Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) require audit organizations that perform audits in accordance with GAGAS to have an appropriate system of quality control and to undergo external peer reviews at least once every three years. Federal Offices of Inspector General (OIGs) use the Guide for Conducting External Peer Reviews of the Audit Organizations of Federal Offices of Inspector to help implement the GAGAS requirement.

Who Should Attend:All OIG audit staff or managers involved in conducting an external peer review or those receiving a review under GAGAS and using the Guide for Conducting External Peer Reviews of the Audit Organizations of Federal Offices of Inspector should attend.

What You Will Learn: Participants will learn how to conduct an external peer review using the Guide for Conducting External Peer Reviews of the Audit Organizations of Federal Offices of Inspector as a reference. The primary topics covered include planning, performing, and reporting the results of a peer review. Reference materials include examples of peer reviews and checklists that can be used during a peer review. The instructors are subject matter experts and share their peer review experience.

CPE: 8

Comments from Participants:

"This course gave me great insight into the peer review process and enhanced my understanding of the GAGAS requirements..."

"The peer review overview and the reporting section were very informative."

"The handout materials will be extremely useful as a reference in conducting the peer review."

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Coaching Effective Writing (CEW):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
April 2-3, 2014 Washington, D.C. $375 CEW-1403
April 8-9, 2014 Chicago, IL $375 CEW-1404

Supervisors play a key role in giving feedback on written products to their staff. However, many supervisors find it difficult to coach their subordinates on how to rewrite unacceptable drafts and therefore simply do it themselves even though most want to reduce the amount of time spent fixing written products.

Who Should Attend:OIG auditor, inspector, and evaluator team leads, supervisors, or managers (GS-13 to 15 levels) with at least one direct report from whom they receive written drafts for approval should attend. Other IG professionals such as supervisory investigators and attorneys who deliver feedback to staff on written products may also want to attend.

What You Will Learn: Participants will come to understand their own writing style and personal preferences and become more conscious of the reasons why they edit written products. Once that knowledge is uncovered, participants learn strategies to help transfer that knowledge to their staff. Participants can use these strategies to coach and deliver feedback that will enable their staff to submit better written products over time because staff members understand the underlying reasons why supervisors make changes to their written products. Participants have time after the first class session to practice their strategies and then share their experiences during the second session.

CPE: 18

Comments from Participants:

"As a team leader, I can set team members up for a successful report process by giving them rules for more effective writing."

"I found the training enlightening and it seriously made me think about ensuring my report is prepared for the reviewer in a way he or she expects."

"I learned a lot from the other participants' examples and processes. I feel this class is a positive for helping (assisting) me improve my writing and review skills and to help team members succeed."

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Critical Thinking Skills (CTS):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
February 11-13, 2014 Washington, D.C. $425 CTS-1401
March 11-13, 2014 Washington, D.C. $425 CTS-1402
June 24-26, 2014 Washington, D.C. $425 CTS-1403
September 23-25, 2014 Washington, D.C. $425 CTS-1404

A core competency for auditors, inspectors, and evaluators is the ability to logically collect and process evidence in conducting their work. Understanding how and why we think the way we do can help overcome the constraints that prevent us from thinking more clearly, making better informed decisions, and taking more effective actions.

Who Should Attend:OIG auditors, inspectors, and evaluators at all grade levels looking to sharpen their mental skills and problem solving abilities to improve job performance. Other OIG professionals may also be interested in attending.

What You Will Learn: Participants learn how to apply a variety of good thinking concepts in conducting their work. Such concepts include: using the elements of reasoning (fact, inference, expectation, experience, assumptions, etc.); applying Socratic questioning (logic that can be discovered through questioning); distinguishing between problem solving and decision making; and detecting logical fallacies (common errors in logic, how to spot them, how to avoid them, etc.). Participants also complete a self-assessment to discover their own thinking style.

CPE: 21

Comments from Participants:

"The instructor was outstanding and presented the material with ease because of her knowledge and experience with the subject."

"The course used a lot of real world examples some even specific to our profession and that makes the concepts more concrete to aid in applying to everyday life."

"I liked the Socratic Method exercises and the fallacies exercises and thought them to be the most valuable for taking back to work."

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IG Authorities (IGA):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
February 12, 2014 Washington, D.C. $100 IGA-1402
July 29, 2014 Washington, D.C. $100 IGA-1403

The Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) was statutorily established as an independent entity within the executive branch by The Inspector General Reform Act of 2008, (P.L. 110-409). The CIGIE is comprised of all offices of Inspectors General (OIG) established under section 2 or section 8G of the Inspector General (IG)Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.). These laws mandate the obligations and discretionary authorities afforded to federal OIGs.

Who Should Attend:All OIG auditors, inspectors, evaluators, attorneys, and mission support personnel at all grade levels should attend to know what mandatory and discretionary authorities they have in conducting their work.

What You Will Learn: Participants will learn the history as well as the “why” and “how” of federal OIGs including the problem they were created to address and the form that Congress chose for addressing that problem. Participants will also learn which issues are addressed by the IG Act and other sources of IG authority and obligations. Instructors will address the authorities available to OIGs to support audits, investigations, and other activities.

CPE: 7

Comments from Participants:

"Excellent training--very clear, focused on relevant topics, practical, and instructors were both great and unusually competent. I almost never have training that does all these things..."

"I now have a better understanding of the legal aspects of IG work."

"Great and informative course, it should be a requirement for all IG employees."

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Introductory Auditor (IA):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
Jan. 28-Feb. 5, 2014 Washington, D.C. $550 IA-1402
Apr. 29-May 7, 2014 Washington, D.C. $550 IA-1403
July 15-23, 2014 Washington, D.C. $550 IA-1404

OIG entry-level auditors need to know and apply Government Auditing Standards (Yellow Book) in conducting their daily work.

Who Should Attend:OIG auditors with less than six months of experience in the federal IG community and those who have limited experience in conducting performance audits in accordance with Government Auditing Standards should attend.

What You Will Learn: Over the 7-day class participants will learn how to implement Government Auditing Standards when conducting their daily work by working through an audit case study and participating in a variety of interactive team exercises. Upon completion of the training program participants will be able to:

  • Develop and plan a specific audit objective
  • Identify types of fraud, attributes of a fraud, and fraud indicators (red flags)
  • Understand the types of evidence and describe the strengths and weaknesses of each type
  • Analyze and document collected evidence
  • Conduct an audit interview
  • Draft quality audit report segment
  • Employ best practices for verbally communicating audit results

CPE: 48

Comments from Participants:

"It allowed me to understand the profession that I have joined, and the expectations being put forth."

"I like how the training program gave great details on how to be an auditor and there were many opportunities to practice what we learned."

"The training was dynamic and very realistic...it touched on all aspects of auditing."

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Introduction to Suspension and Debarment (SD):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
January 23, 2014 Washington, D.C. $100 SD-1401
June 18, 2014 Washington, D.C. $100 SD-1402

In 2011, the CIGIE Investigations Committee's Suspension and Debarment Working Group issued a report that found audit, inspection and evaluation components of IG offices could be more involved in suspension and debarment (S&D) referrals. The report recommended, among other things, widespread training to familiarize OIG employees with S&D so they would be prepared to recommend those remedies which serve as important tools for protecting Federal funds from fraud, waste and abuse.

Who Should Attend:OIG auditors, inspectors, and evaluators at the team leader or higher level (GS 13-15), and attorneys at all grade levels should attend.

What You Will Learn:Participants are introduced to the powerful, yet underused remedies of suspension and debarment. The class covers how audit, inspection, and evaluation work can produce and support suspension and debarment actions including practical suggestions and techniques for increasing OIG pursuit of these administrative remedies by working with staff in different OIG disciplines to develop S&D referrals. Participants will also learn how to construct a basic audit, inspection, or evaluation plan to review an agency or department’s S&D program.

CPE: 7

Comments from Participants:

"Instructors were great! They were very knowledgeable and able to make a dry topic interesting!"

"I think that the presentations had a good balance of slides, discussion, and views of live websites. It made for a very enjoyable session. The examples were great and showed how S&D fits into the real world."

"Great! It was very informative from the S&D perspective. Glad I could attend."

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Understanding Audit and Inspection/Evaluation Standards (UAIES):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
March 4, 2014 Washington, D.C. $100 UAIES-1402

This workshop is designed to familiarize non-auditor and non-inspector/evaluator CIGIE professionals with the standards and processes used by the audit and inspection and evaluation (I&E) communities in conducting their work.

Who Should Attend:Investigators, attorneys, and mission support staff members who work with auditors, inspectors, and evaluators should attend.

What You Will Learn:Participants will learn the basics of Government Auditing Standards (Yellow Book) and CIGIE's Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation (Blue Book) so they can understand how these standards guide audit and I&E work within their OIG. As such, participants can better collaborate with and support their audit, inspection and evaluation colleagues in conducting their work.

CPE: 6

Comments from Participants:

"I obtained significant knowledge of the auditing process, procedures, and Yellow Book requirements as well. Of particular benefit was the instructor's use and explanation of several key audit terms and concepts."

"I can be better prepared to assist AI&E when legal support is needed, and now I know more about the process and feel like I can speak the language."

"This better understanding of the audit and evaluating processes will help me to raise more useful questions in my work."

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Writing Effective Reports (WER):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
January 27-28, 2014 Washington, D.C. $325 WER-1402
April 8-9, 2014 Washington, D.C. $325 WER-1403
June 3-4, 2014 Washington, D.C. $325 WER-1404

Government Auditing Standards and CIGIE's Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation require that the results of audit, inspection and evaluation work be effectively communicated to relevant readers and decision makers. To help improve their written communication skills, auditors, inspectors, and evaluators can learn to enhance their strengths and correct their weaknesses.

Who Should Attend:OIG intermediate-level auditors, inspectors, and evaluators should attend. Those auditors, inspectors and evaluators at the entry level and other OIG professionals may also want to attend.

What You Will Learn:Participants will learn how to write audit, inspection, and evaluation reports that are clear, coherent, and unified as well as develop vocabulary that will help them to discuss their writing with supervisors and colleagues. The class provides participants with the tools needed to write good reports and incorporates a variety of practical exercises that stress the importance of message development and reader comprehension. Specific content covered includes seeing your document from the reader’s perspective, getting to a good first draft, and making effective revisions to your report.

CPE: 15

Comments from Participants:

"The document review checklist is a great tool to use in reviewing written products...enjoyed the module of looking at your document through your readers' eyes."

"I enjoyed the distinction (offered by the instructor) between clarity and coherence in writing reports."

"The instructor was excellent...provided great explanations and writing examples...this was the best writing course I have attended in my 30+ year career."

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Writing Fundamentals (WF):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
March 17-18, 2014 Washington, D.C. $325 WF-1401
September 17-18, 2014 Washington, D.C. $325 WF-1402

Government Auditing Standards and CIGIE's Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation require that writing be accurate, clear, complete, concise, convincing, objective, and timely. To help ensure that such standards are met auditors, inspectors, and evaluators need to write correctly.

Who Should Attend:OIG entry-level (GS-7 to 9) audit, inspection, and evaluation staff should attend. Those auditors, inspectors and evaluators at higher grade levels may find the class to be a useful refresher. Other IG professionals may also want to attend.

What You Will Learn:Participants will learn and/or review basics such as grammar, rules of English, and writing mechanics through various individual and class exercises. Program content includes the functions of clauses and phrases in sentences, usage of active and passive voice, punctuation, subject verb agreement, and spelling. The class also covers strategies for logically organizing information in preparation for drafting written products and editing.

CPE: 15

Comments from Participants:

"The class was excellent and the instructor outstanding"

"I actually learned some things that will help me improve my writing...the grammar and spelling refreshers were extremely helpful to me."

"The course materials used were great! I will definitely use the workbook as reference guide back in my office."

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