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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 auditor, 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


Training Programs

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 5, 2015 Washington, D.C. $0 APR-1501
August 6, 2015 Washington, D.C. $0 APR-1502

Government Auditing Standards require that organizations performing audits in accordance with the standards have an appropriate system of quality control and undergo external peer reviews at least once every three years. CIGIE uses the Guide for Conducting External Peer Reviews of the Audit Organizations of Federal Offices of Inspector to implement this Yellow Book requirement.

Who Should Attend: All CIGIE-member audit staff or managers involved in conducting an external peer review or those receiving a review under Government Auditing Standards 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.

CPE: 8

Comments from Participants:

“I liked the multiple instructors with different backgrounds...contributed to my learning.”

“The presenters were clearly knowledgeable in their respective areas and the examples were very helpful.”

“I learned some factors regarding performance reviews that our organization needs to improve upon.”

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Coaching Effective Writing (CEW):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
Nov 12-13, 2014
(January 14,2015)
Washington, D.C. $400 CEW-1501

Jan 27-28, 2015
(March 26, 2015)

Washington, D.C. $400 CEW-1502

March 17-18, 2015
(June 3, 2015)

Washington, D.C. $400 CEW-1503
April 28-29, 2015
(July 7, 2015)
Washington, D.C. $400 CEW-1504
July 28-29, 2015
(Sept 29, 2015)
Washington, D.C. $400 CEW-1505

Supervisors play a key role in providing feedback to their staff on written products. However, many supervisors find it difficult to coach their subordinates on how to rewrite unacceptable drafts. Rather than providing constructive feedback supervisors may simply rewrite documents themselves therefore failing to reduce the amount of time spent fixing written products.

Who Should Attend: Auditor, inspector, and evaluator team leads, supervisors, or managers (GS-13 to 15 levels or equivalent) with at least one direct report from whom they receive written drafts for approval should attend the two-part class. Other CIGIE 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 thus becoming more conscious of the reasons why they edit written products. Once aware of their style and preferences, participants learn strategies to share that knowledge with their staff. Participants can then apply these strategies to coach staff members and deliver feedback that enables their staff to submit better written products over time because they understand the underlying reasons why their supervisors changed their drafts. Participants have time after the two-day class session to practice their strategies and then share their experiences during a half-day session scheduled about 6 weeks later.

CPE: 18

Comments from Participants:

“I learned many things in this program that I will be taking back to the office and using with my group...”

“This is great training to prompt thinking on how to write effectively.”

“Training was excellent for government writing. It was very specific to address issues we face.”

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Critical Thinking Skills (CTS):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
Dec 9-11, 2014 Washington, D.C. $450 CTS-1501
Feb 24-26, 2015 Washington, D.C. $450 CTS-1502
May 12-14, 2015 Dallas, TX $450 CTS-1503
July 21-23, 2015 Washington, D.C. $450 CTS-1504
Sept 15-17, 2015 Washington, D.C. $450 CTS-1505

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: Auditors, inspectors, and evaluators at all grade levels looking to sharpen their mental skills and problem solving abilities to improve job performance. Other CIGIE 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, applying Socratic questioning, distinguishing between problem solving and decision making, and detecting logical fallacies. Participants also complete a self-assessment to discover their own thinking style.

CPE: 21

Comments from Participants:

“Great program...I highly recommend it.”

“The instructor was engaging and knowledgeable...exercises beneficial. The instructor provided many useful techniques and tools. I will incorporate my experience and utilize the material. The best course I’ve attended since working in the IG community”

“I found the training to have a good blend of lecture, exercise, and discussion. Also, the topics were relevant and can be applied at work.”

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IG Authorities (IGA):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
October 21, 2014 San Francisco, CA. $100 IGA-1502
February 11, 2015 Washington, D.C. $100 IGA-1503
May 5, 2015 Washington, D.C. $100 IGA-1504
August 18, 2015 Washington, D.C $100 IGA-1505

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 CIGIE auditors, inspectors, evaluators, attorneys, and mission support personnel at all grade levels should attend to understand what mandatory and discretionary authorities they have in conducting their work.

What You Will Learn: Participants will learn the history 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 the IG Act addresses as well as other sources of IG authority and obligations. Instructors review the authorities available to OIGs to support audits, investigations, and other activities.

CPE: 7

Comments from Participants:

“This was very good one-way trip around the IG authorities, good instruction and materials. Well done!”

“This course should be taught to everyone in the Office of Inspector General, even support individuals, to understand the OIG responsibilities and authorities to get an appreciation of the office.”

“I really enjoyed learning the history, background, and framework of the IG community. I also learned a lot about subpoena power and the intricacies of independence.”

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Introductory Auditor (IA):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
Oct 22-30, 2014 Washington, D.C. $550 IA-1501
Jan 6-14, 2015 Washington, D.C. $550 IA-1502
April 14-22, 2015 Washington, D.C. $550 IA-1503
June 9-17, 2015 Washington, D.C. $550 IA-1504
Sept 15-23, 2015 Washington, D.C. $550 IA-1505

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

Who Should Attend: 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 applying 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
  • Understand the types of evidence and describe the strengths and weaknesses of each type
  • Analyze and document collected evidence
  • Conduct an audit interview
  • Draft a quality audit report segment
  • Employ best practices for verbally communicating audit results

CPE: 48

Comments from Participants:

“I appreciated how the instructor broke down the elements of a finding extremely well so that I could understand them.”

“I liked that the training program was very engaging and interactive. The exercises really helped me to understand the audit process.”

“I enjoyed how much the class was engaged with each of the exercises. All of the instructors were incredibly knowledgeable and helpful.”

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Introduction to Suspension and Debarment (SD):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
October 23, 2014 San Francisco, CA $100 SD-1501
June 30, 2015 Washington, D.C. $100 SD-1502

In 2011 the CIGIE Investigations Committee's Suspension and Debarment Working Group reported that 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 IG office employees with S&D so that staff would be prepared to recommend such remedies. S&D serve as important tools for protecting Federal funds from fraud, waste and abuse.

Who Should Attend: Auditors, inspectors, and evaluators at the team leader or higher level (GS 13-15 or equivalent), 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 S&D actions including practical suggestions and techniques for increasing pursuit of these administrative remedies by working with staff in different OIG disciplines to develop S&D referrals.

CPE: 7

Comments from Participants:

 “Thank you...great interactive and enthusiastic speakers. The legal “ese” was simplified so that myths were debunked and helped me see that S&D are easy tools to protect the government.”

“It was extremely helpful to understand the process and how it should work.”

“I now understand that OIGs are in a position to impact agency S&D programs as well as make recommendations for S&D actions.”

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Understanding Audit and Inspection/Evaluation Standards (UAIES):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
June 2, 2015 Washington, D.C. $100 UAIES-1501

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). By understanding how these standards guide audit and I&E work within their OIG, participants can better collaborate with and support their audit, inspection and evaluation colleagues in conducting their work.

CPE: 6

Comments from Participants:

“Good presentation of materials and quality instruction.”

“For the purpose of this training, I thought this was a very good approach.”

“I now understand the general roles/responsibilities of auditors/inspectors and it will help me to see where I can help in the process.”

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Writing Effective Reports (WER):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
Nov 3-4, 2014 Washington, D.C. $350 WER-1501
Nov 5-6, 2014 Washington, D.C. $350 WER-1502
March 2-3, 2015 Washington, D.C. $350 WER-1503
March 4-5, 2015 Washington, D.C. $350 WER-1504
July 13-14, 2015 Washington, D.C. $350 WER-1505
July 15-16, 2015 Washington, D.C. $350 WER-1506

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 improve their writing, auditors, inspectors, and evaluators can learn to enhance their strengths and correct their weaknesses.

Who Should Attend: Intermediate-level auditors, inspectors, and evaluators should attend. Those auditors, inspectors and evaluators at the entry level and other CIGIE 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 can better equip them to discuss their writing with supervisors and colleagues. The class provides participants with 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:

“This class is exquisite! It is exactly what I wanted in a writing class-not grammar and such but style, psychology and techniques to think about.  I would recommend this course for writers at any level...”

“The instructor obviously has a great background for this... His enthusiasm helped to keep everyone engaged and interested.”

“...Training was appropriate for the type of work IGs do. Information was relevant and insightful.”

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Writing Fundamentals (WF):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
January 21-22, 2015 Washington, D.C. $350 WF-1501
March 10-11, 2015 Washington, D.C. $350 WF-1502
June 23-24, 2015 Washington, D.C. $350 WF-1503
Sept 1-2, 2015 Washington, D.C. $350 WF-1504

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: Entry-level (GS-7 to 9 or equivalent) audit, inspection, and evaluation staff should attend. Auditors, inspectors and evaluators at higher grade levels may find the class to be a useful refresher. Other CIGIE 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.

CPE: 15

Comments from Participants:

“The instructor encouraged group participation and provided real life experiences of how he learned to improve his writing skills. He provided great references for future use.”

“The instructor was extremely helpful and the manual contained good examples to reinforce learning.”

“The concepts of clustering and freewriting can be readily applied to my writing. The individual and group exercises reinforced my learning.”

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Registration and Payment

Registration for AI&E Academy training programs occurs through established CIGIE training officers and the CIGIE Training Institute Registrar. Non-CIGIE members may register to attend Academy training programs but CIGIE members have priority registration. The CIGIE Training Institute Billing Officer manages tuition collection. For detailed information on registration and tuition payments, including links to registration and payment forms, please go to www.ignet.gov/igcia/registration1.htm.

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Contacts

If you have questions regarding the AI&E Academy or its training programs, please contact us at AIE@cigie.gov or 202-292-2600.

Beth León (CIGIE) Academy Director
Tara Gomez (USPS OIG) Training Program Manager
Kelly Prillaman (DOD OIG) Training Program Manager
Lisa Rodely (Commerce OIG) Training Program Manager

 

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