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FY 2017 Training Program Descriptions

The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency’s Training Institute is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.NASBAregistry.org.

Audit Peer Review (APR):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
February 23, 2017 Washington, D.C. $0 APR-1701
August 3, 2017 Washington, D.C. $0 APR-1702

Program Description: CIGIE members developed the Guide for Conducting External Peer Reviews of the Audit Organizations of Federal Offices of Inspector (CIGIE Audit Peer Review Guide) to help ensure member compliance with Government Auditing Standards (Yellow Book). Those standards require agencies performing audits undergo external peer reviews at least once every three years. This training program highlights the key aspects of the CIGIE Guide and is delivered twice per year to coincide with CIGIE’s approved audit peer review schedule.

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn how to conduct an external peer review following the CIGIE Audit Peer Review Guide as a reference. Specifically, participants will understand how to plan, perform, and report the results of a peer review. Participant reference materials include examples from past peer reviews and helpful checklists for reviewers.

Recommended Attendees: Only CIGIE-member audit staff or managers (regardless of grade) involved in conducting an external peer review of a CIGIE member or those receiving a review per the CIGIE peer review schedule should attend this overview-level training program. Staff from non-CIGIE member offices may NOT attend this training program.

Instructional Delivery: 1 day; group live.

Prerequisites: None; however, participants are highly encouraged to review the CIGIE Audit Peer Review Guide prior to attending class.

CPE: 8 (Auditing-Governmental)

Prior Participant Comments:
“Probably the biggest take-away for me was the resources that are available in terms of the knowledge base (of the instructors). The second thing that was beneficial was the guidance provided on what to include in a peer review report...”

“I learned the importance of knowing what is expected in workpapers in preparation for a peer review.”

“The overall organization of the course - written materials - was outstanding.”

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Coaching Effective Writing (CEW):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
October 12-13, 2016 Washington, D.C. $400 CEW-1701
March 29-30, 2017 Washington, D.C. $400 CEW-1702
May 23-24, 2017 Washington, D.C. $400 CEW-1703
June 27-28, 2017 Dallas, TX $400 CEW-1704
July 25-26, 2017 Washington, D.C. $400 CEW-1705
August 8-9, 2017 Washington, D.C. $400 CEW-1706
August 29, 2017
(half-day follow up
Washington, D.C. $0 All Prior Classes

Program Description: Supervisors provide feedback to their staff on written products to ensure compliance with CIGIE (Quality Standards for Federal Offices of Inspector General) and other standards, such as Government Auditing Standards and Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation. Supervisors, however, often spend more time rewriting documents because they find it difficult to coach their subordinates on how to write acceptable drafts. This advanced-level training program is one of three writing classes offered by the Academy. The others are Writing Fundamentals and Writing Effective Reports.

Learning Objectives: Participants will discover their own writing style and personal preferences. Upon completion of this class participants can use strategies to more effectively deliver feedback to staff explaining the underlying reasons why draft documents were changed. Over time, receiving quality feedback should enable staff to submit better written drafts that require less review time. Participants have the opportunity, after completing the two-day class, to attend a half-day follow up session to share document review strategies and lessons learned from coaching staff.

Recommended Attendees: Auditors, inspectors, and evaluator team leads, supervisors, or managers (GS-13-15 levels or equivalent) who review draft documents should attend the class. Other supervisory or managerial-level professionals who review written products may also benefit from this training.

Instructional Delivery: 2 days; group live.

Prerequisites: Participants should be at the GS-13 (or equivalent) level or if not, must be supervising others and providing comments on draft written products. Prior to attending the class, participants must complete brief reading and writing assignments that will be distributed after participants are registered. Registered participants are also required to bring writing samples with them to class. Specifically, such writing samples should be from their staff members and include the participants “before-and-after” review comments and/or staff member drafts that the participants have yet to review. Attendees are encouraged to attend Writing Effective Reports before this training program.

CPE: 13 (Communications and Marketing)

Prior Participant Comments:
“I believe the interactive nature of the course adds tremendous value to the learning experience.”

“This training provides valuable insight into why we think and coach in a certain way, and how to improve.”

“One of the best instructors I have had.”

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Critical Thinking Skills (CTS):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
October 25-27, 2016 San Francisco, CA $450 CTS-1701
December 6-8, 2016 Washington, D.C. $450 CTS-1702
January 10-12, 2017 Washington, D.C. $450 CTS-1703
April 4-6, 2017 Washington, D.C. $450 CTS-1704
May 2-4, 2017 Washington, D.C. $450 CTS-1705
June 6-8, 2017 Washington, D.C. $450 CTS-1706
September 12-14, 2017 Washington, D.C. $450 CTS-1707

Program Description: Quality Standards for Federal Offices of Inspector General identify critical thinking skills as a core competency. All CIGIE-member staff should possess the skills to logically collect and process information in conducting their work. This overview-level training program will help participants to better understand how and why they think, as well as recognize the barriers that prevent them from thinking more clearly, making better informed decisions, and taking more effective actions.

Learning Objectives: Through this highly interactive class, participants will learn how to apply a variety of good thinking concepts in conducting work in their offices. Specifically, participants will able to use the elements of reasoning; apply Socratic questioning; distinguish between problem solving and decision making; and detect logical fallacies.

Recommended Attendees: CIGIE member auditors, inspectors, and evaluators who want to improve their job performance by sharpening their mental skills and problem solving abilities should attend this class. Other CIGIE-member professionals may also benefit from this training.

Instructional Delivery: 3 days; group live.

Prerequisites: Participants must complete a thinking style self-assessment and provide a real-life example of when better critical thinking skills could have been used. Instructions will be provided to all registered participants in advance of the class.

CPE: 21 Auditing –Governmental [14] and Communications and Marketing [7])

Prior Participant Comments:
“Knowing the different styles of thinking will help me interact more effectively with people in my office.”

“The instructor was wonderful! I learned various techniques to use, especially for effective interviewing and decision making in teams.”

“I learned the importance of taking a moment to think things through rather than just give a quick response.”

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Inspection and Evaluation Fundamentals (IEF):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
November 14-18, 2016 Washington, D.C. $425 IEF-1701
February 6-10, 2017 Washington, D.C. $425 IEF-1702
May 8-12, 2017 Washington, D.C. $425 IEF-1703
July 24-28, 2017 Washington, D.C. $425 IEF-1704

Program Description: Grounded in CIGIE’s Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation (Blue Book), this basic-level training program is designed to introduce participants to the fundamentals of inspection and evaluation (I&E) work in the federal Inspector General community. This team-based class includes group discussions and exercises, a mock evaluation case study, and various networking opportunities with CIGIE-member colleagues.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this program, participants will:

  • gain an understanding of I&E as part of the oversight profession and how inspectors & evaluators fit into the bigger picture of federal oversight,
  • receive an introduction to the Blue Book standards to understand the importance of following standards, the concepts behind the standards,
  • be able to identify the various groups with which they interact and the communication skills that are necessary for each,
  • learn how planning is vital to the success of a project/review and that planning is a tool to guide the work,
  • understand that adequate and sufficient evidence, and the thorough analysis of that evidence, is vital for the completion of a successful I&E project/review,
  • be able to craft an effective finding from collected and analyzed evidence, and
  • know the importance of follow-up to ensure that recommendations are implemented so that positive change occurs.

Recommended Attendees: CIGIE I&E professionals who have not taken basic inspection and evaluation training and/or conducted I&E work in accordance with the Blue Book should attend. This training program is not designed for CIGIE-member audit professionals who conduct work under Government Auditing Standards (see the Introductory Auditor (IA) class for that training).

Instructional Delivery: 4.5 days; group live.

Prerequisites: None; however, participants should review the Blue Book prior to attending class.

CPE: 28.5 (Specialized Knowledge)

Prior Participant Comments:
“I enjoyed the training program and thought it was well planned and presented. I thought the presenters did a good job of communicating the subject matter to the class and keeping the class engaged through table exercises…”

“The mock evaluation was exceptionally helpful. Working with others in the IG community and discussing how they did their work helped me put what I do into perspective…”

“All instructors showed command of the subject matter and provided valuable insight due to their experiences.”

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IG Authorities (IGA):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
April 25, 2017 Washington, D.C. $125 IGA-1701
June 1, 2017 Seattle, WA $125 IGA-1702

Program Description: The Inspector General Reform Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-409) statutorily established CIGIE as an independent entity within the executive branch. The CIGIE is comprised of all Inspectors General (IGs) whose offices are established under section 2 or section 8G of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.), those that are Presidentially-appointed/Senate Confirmed and those that are appointed by agency heads (designated federal entities). These laws mandate the obligations and discretionary authorities afforded to federal IGs. Attorney instructors from within the CIGIE community discuss the authorities available to IG staff that conduct audits, inspections, evaluations, and investigations.

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn the history of federal IGs, why and how Congress created IGs, relevant issues addressed in the IG Acts, and other sources of IG authorities and obligations. The program provides an open forum for participants to ask questions based on their experiences and share information.

Recommended Attendees: Auditors, inspectors, evaluators, attorneys, and mission support personnel at all grade levels should attend this overview-level training program to better understand what mandatory and discretionary authorities they have in conducting work in their respective IG offices.

Instructional Delivery: 1 day; group live.

Prerequisites: None.

CPE: 6.5 (Business Law)

Prior Participant Comments:
“I gained a much better understanding of the IG Act and the overall application to both PAS and DFE IGs.”

“I've gained a deeper understanding of my role and the role of IGs.”

“I now understand where IGs get their authority and the importance of having them. I learned the history of IGs, the support each IG office provides to one another and the importance of CIGIE.”

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Introductory Auditor (IA):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
November 1-9, 2016 Washington, D.C. $650 IA-1701
January 24-February 1, 2017 Washington, D.C. $650 IA-1702
March 21-29, 2017 Washington, D.C. $650 IA-1703
May 16-24, 2017 Washington, D.C. $650 IA-1704
July 11-19, 2017 Washington, D.C. $650 IA-1705
September 12-20, 2017 Washington, D.C. $650 IA-1706

Program Description: To effectively conduct their work, CIGIE-member auditors need to know and apply Government Auditing Standards (Yellow Book). In this basic training program, participants will learn how to implement Yellow Book standards in conducting daily work by applying an audit case study and participating in a variety of interactive team exercises.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this basic-level 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; and
  • Employ best practices for verbally communicating audit results.

Recommended Attendees: Auditors with less than six months of experience in the federal Inspector General community and those who have limited experience in conducting federal government or performance audits in accordance with Government Auditing Standards should attend this training program. This training program is not designed for inspection and evaluation professionals who conduct work under CIGIE’s Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation (Blue Book). Please refer to the I&E Fundamentals (IEF) class description.

Instructional Delivery: 7 days; group live.

Prerequisites: None; however, prior to attending class, participants should review the Yellow Book as well prepare to deliver an informal 3-5 minute presentation on their respective IG office to fellow participants. More detailed information will be provided to registered participants in advance of the training program.

CPE: 48 (Auditing-Governmental [35] and Communications and Marketing [13]

Prior Participant Comments:
“The Introductory Auditor training course allowed me to obtain an overview of the work an OIG performs. The course provided a clear understanding of what is to be expected of an Auditor. I was able to learn how to develop and write an effect objective and how to formulate a finding. The course also reminded me to have professional skepticism and maintain an open mindset when approaching audit work.”

“I learned so many things that are relevant to my work…the underlying tone of many of the presenters' messages communicated to me that I am doing meaningful work that directly/indirectly affects American taxpayers….it makes me feel like the IG community is comprised of people who take their work seriously and bring a high level of integrity and credibility to the profession…”

“The instructors were passionate about their profession and commanded their subject matter. Seeing their passion come through made me excited and engaged.”

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Intermediate Auditor (IMA):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
February 13-17, 2017 Washington, D.C. $450 IMA-1701
June 19-23, 2017 Washington, D.C. $450 IMA-1702
August 14-18, 2017 Washington, D.C. $450 IMA-1703

Program Description: Once familiar with the fundamentals of Government Auditing Standards (Yellow Book) CIGIE-member auditors need to gain additional experience and take greater responsibility for managing work and resources in conducting performance audits. This training program provides opportunities for participants to develop and practice new auditing skills.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of the intermediate-level program, participants will be able to:

  • work as a part of an audit team to successfully complete audit assignments,
  • identify and implement the requirements for adequate audit planning,
  • answer audit objectives in accordance with standards,
  • document the audit processes and results,
  • manage audit resources needed to complete the work,
  • develop audit findings and results that flow from the audit objectives,
  • convey the audit message to stakeholders,
  • apply quality control processes to check the accuracy of audit work, and
  • follow-up on the status of outstanding audit recommendations and management responses.

Recommended Attendees: Auditors with at least two years of experience in the federal Inspector General community or in conducting federal government performance audits in accordance with Government Auditing Standards should attend this training program.

Instructional Delivery: 4-5 days (estimated); instructor group live.

Prerequisites: TBD

CPE: TBD

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Writing Effective Reports (WER):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
November 7-8, 2016 (CANCELED) Washington, D.C. $350 WER-1701
November 9-10, 2016 Washington, D.C. $350 WER-1702
March 6-7, 2017 Washington, D.C. $350 WER-1703
March 8-9, 2017 Washington, D.C. $350 WER-1704
May 2-3, 2017 Washington, D.C. $350 WER-1705
July 11-12, 2017 Washington, D.C. $350 WER-1706

Program Description: Effective report writing is a key quality standard contained in CIGIE’s Quality Standards for Federal Offices of Inspector General. Government Auditing Standards and CIGIE’s Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation require that the results of audits, inspections, and evaluations be effectively communicated to readers and decision makers. This training program provides participants with a variety of practical exercises that stress the importance of message development and reader comprehension. The content focuses on audit, inspection, and evaluation report writing. This intermediate-level program is one of three writing training programs offered by the Academy. The other two classes are Writing Fundamentals and Coaching Effective Writing.

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn practical strategies to improve writing draft audit, inspection, and evaluation reports that are clear, coherent, and unified. Participants will also develop strategies for discussing their writing with supervisors and colleagues. Specific content covered includes writing from the reader’s perspective, getting to a good first draft, and making effective revisions to drafts.

Recommended Attendees: Intermediate-level auditors, inspectors, and evaluators should attend this training program. Other CIGIE-member professionals may also benefit from this training program.

Instructional Delivery: 2 days; group live.

Prerequisites: Participants should be at the GS-12 (or equivalent) level and are encouraged to attend Writing Fundamentals before this training program.

CPE: 14.5 (Communications and Marketing)

Prior Participant Comments:
“The instructor was every effective, interesting, and entertaining...the best external course that I have ever taken.”

“The course content was meaningful, useful, and thought-provoking.”

“Having learned how a reader approaches a report will really help me draft better products that have a clearer message.”

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Writing Fundamentals (WF):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
October 18-19, 2016 Washington, D.C. $350 WF-1701
April 11-12, 2017 Washington, D.C. $350 WF-1702

Program Description: CIGIE’s Quality Standards for Federal Offices of Inspector General, as well as audit, inspection, and evaluation standards, 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. This basic-level training program is one of three writing training programs offered, along with Writing Effective Reports and Coaching Effective Writing.

Learning Objectives: 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. Participants will also learn techniques for helping to organize their thoughts in preparation for drafting products.

Recommended Attendees: Entry-level (GS-7 to 9 or equivalent) audit, inspection, and evaluation staff should attend to improve their writing skills. Other CIGIE-member professionals may also find the program to be a useful refresher.

Delivery Method: 2 days; group live.

Prerequisites: None.

CPE: 14.5 (Communications and Marketing)

Prior Participant Comments:
“The practice exercises were revealing. The clustering concept was a tremendous eye-opener.”

“I learned how to better organize my writing using a variety of new tools and techniques.”

“The instructor made the training interesting, engaging, and interactive.”

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