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FY 2018 Training Program Descriptions

The Training Institute of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency 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
January 31, 2018 Washington, D.C. $0 APR-1801
February 1, 2018 Washington, D.C. $0 APR-1802
August 1, 2018 Washington, D.C. $0 APR-1803

Program Description: CIGIE member OIGs 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 to coincide with CIGIE’s approved audit peer review schedule.

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn how to conduct an external peer review using 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 through discussions and exercises. 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 upcoming 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

Advanced Preparation: Participants should review the CIGIE Audit Peer Review Guide prior to attending class.

CPE: 8.0 (Auditing-Governmental)

Prior Participant Comments:
“The exercises to determine whether conditions were peer review matters, findings, deficiencies, or significant deficiencies were great.”

“It was very helpful to hear the perspectives of seasoned people.”

“I learned how my audit organization should get ready for a peer review and how to locate the appropriate guidance to conduct a peer review.”

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Coaching Effective Writing (CEW):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
October 17-18, 2017 Washington, D.C. $500 CEW-1801
May 1-2, 2018 Washington, D.C. $500 CEW-1802
July 10-11, 2018 Washington, D.C. $500 CEW-1803
Sept 5, 2018 (Half-Day COP) 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, and Quality Standards for Investigations. 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 Planning, Organizing, and Writing Effective Reports.

Learning Objectives: Participants will discover their own writing style and personal preferences. Once participants have an understanding of why they make changes they will learn strategies to more effectively deliver feedback to staff explaining the underlying reasons why changes were needed. 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 community of practice (COP) session to share document review strategies and lessons learned from coaching staff.

Recommended Attendees: Auditor, inspector, evaluator and investigator 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. Attendees are encouraged to attend Planning, Organizing, and Writing Effective Reports before this training program.

Advanced Preparation: 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.

CPE: 13.0 (Communications and Marketing)

Prior Participant Comments:
“This course was terrific, and the instructor was great!”

“There were good techniques and materials provided that can be shared with other managers to improve coaching and writing.”

“I learned how to focus on individuals’ development in addition to fixing the final product.”

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Critical Thinking Skills (CTS):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
February 6-8, 2018 Washington, D.C. $550 CTS-1801
May 15-17, 2018 Washington, D.C. $550 CTS-1802
June 26-28, 2018 Atlanta, GA $550 CTS-1803
August 21-23, 2018 Washington, D.C. $550 CTS-1804

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, evaluators, and investigators 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: None

Advanced Preparation: 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: 21.0 (Auditing –Governmental [14.0] and Communications and Marketing [7.0])

Prior Participant Comments:
“The tools and tips provided by the instructor were highly beneficial. Excellent program.”

“The entire training was incredibly helpful. I can't wait to get back to the office and start using these tools.”

“The most important thing I learned is my thinking style and it helped me to understand why I think the way I do. I also learned how to get an answer by asking the right questions and in the correct manner.”

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Inspection and Evaluation Fundamentals (IEF):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
November 13-17, 2017 Washington, D.C. $525 IEF-1801
April 16-20, 2018 Washington, D.C. $525 IEF-1802
July 16-20, 2018 Washington, D.C. $525 IEF-1803

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:

  • receive an introduction to the Blue Book standards to understand the importance of following standards, the concepts behind the standards, and how the standards shape I&E work;
  • learn how planning is vital to the success of a project/review, understand the importance of developing solid research questions, and know how to develop an evaluation work plan;
  • 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 draw a conclusion from findings and compose an effective recommendation, 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). If you are not currently conducting work in accordance with Blue Book standards, you should not attend this training program.

Instructional Delivery: 4.5 days; group live.

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation: Participants should review the Blue Book prior to attending class

CPE: 28.5 (Specialized Knowledge)

Prior Participant Comments:
“I liked covering the I&E process from planning to reporting. Having the I&E process explained lectures, examples, and open discussion provided a good learning experience.”

“Very relevant and informative in understanding how to apply the Blue Book. Good instruction and the hands on group exercise was excellent.”

“The case study was a very useful and interesting way to frame the different project phases. The instructors provided good context and interesting anecdotes based on their many and varied experiences in the field. The opportunity to meet and learn from peers from a variety of organizations was also valuable.”

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I&E Peer Review (IEPR):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
TBD Washington, D.C. $0 IEPR-1801
TBD Washington, D.C. $0 IEPR-1802

Program Description: CIGIE member OIGs developed the Guide for Conducting Peer Reviews of Inspection and Evaluation Organizations of Federal Offices of Inspector General (CIGIE I&E Peer Review Guide) to help ensure member compliance with Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation (Blue Book). This overview-level training program highlights the key aspects of the CIGIE Guide and is delivered to coincide with CIGIE’s approved I&E peer review schedule.

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn how to conduct a peer review using the CIGIE I&E Peer Review Guide as a reference. Specifically, participants will understand how to plan, perform, and report the results of a peer review through discussions and exercises.

Recommended Attendees: Registration is ONLY open to those CIGIE-member I&E staff directly involved in conducting a peer review of a CIGIE member or those receiving a review per the CIGIE I&E Peer Review Guide and peer review schedule. If your OIG is not involved in conducting or receiving an upcoming I&E peer review, you cannot attend this training program. Staff from non-CIGIE member offices may NOT attend this training program.

Instructional Delivery: 1 day (estimated); group live

Prerequisites: TBD

Advanced Preparation: Participants should review the Guide for Conducting Peer Reviews of Inspection and Evaluation Organizations of Federal Offices of Inspector General.

CPE: TBD (Specialized Knowledge)

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IG Authorities (IGA):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
January 9-10, 2018 Washington, D.C. $225 IGA-1801
May 8-9, 2018 Washington, D.C. $225 IGA-1802

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. This interactive class is taught by attorney instructors from within the CIGIE community and includes discussions on the authorities available, such as under the IG Empowerment Act of 2016, to IG staff that conduct audits, inspections, evaluations, and investigations.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this training program, participants will understand the:

  • Purpose and general framework of the IG Act of 1978, as mended;
  • Mandatory obligations discretional authorities afforded to OIGs under the IG Act, as well as limitation and restrictions on those authorities;
  • Importance of IG independence and what it means in practice, and
  • Dual reporting role OIGs and the challenges and opportunities in presents in conducting oversight.

Recommended Attendees: Auditors, inspectors, evaluators, investigators, 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: 1.5 days; group live.

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation: None

CPE: 9.5 (Business Law)

Prior Participant Comments:
“This training provides an excellent macro-level view of the OIG environment...”

“I like how personable the instructors were, and how well they did to make the material interesting and keep audience participation high.”

“I liked that it was taught by counsels and an acting inspector general who had been with the Federal government for many years. The binder with all the material already organized was very helpful. I enjoyed meeting inspectors and auditors from other agencies and the time given to talk to them.”

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Introductory Auditor (IA):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
October 31-November 8, 2017 Washington, D.C. $750 IA-1801
March 13-21, 2018 Washington, D.C. $750 IA-1802
June 12-20, 2018 Washington, D.C. $750 IA-1803
September 11-19, 2018 Washington, D.C. $750 IA-1804

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. This training program is not recommended for non-auditors.

Instructional Delivery: 7 days; group live.

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation: Prior to attending class, participants should review the Yellow Book as well prepare to deliver an informal and brief 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: 48.0 (Auditing-Governmental [35.0] and Communications and Marketing [13.0])

Prior Participant Comments:
“I learned how to formulate a finding by first thinking about the criteria, condition, cause, effect and recommendation then writing the charge paragraph. I also learned a lot the last day when we simulated a briefing and exit conference.”

“The most important thing I learned in this training was the "Big Picture" of an audit project from start to finish. My favorite day of the workshop was the audit game day because it brought all of the components together.”

“I feel that everything I learned impacted me. I came into CIGIE with little to no knowledge on the subjects covered. After the training, I feel I walked away with a great deal of knowledge.”

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Intermediate Auditor (IMA):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
January 22-26, 2018 Washington, D.C. $550 IMA-1801
April 23-27, 2018 Washington, D.C. $550 IMA-1802
July 23-27, 2018 Washington, D.C. $550 IMA-1803

Program Description: After implementing 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:

  • 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, and
  • work as part of audit team to successfully complete audit assignments.

Recommended Attendees: Auditors with at least two years of experience in the federal Inspector General community who conduct government performance audits in accordance with Government Auditing Standards should attend this training program. Those not currently conducting audit work in accordance with Yellow Book standards should not attend.

Instructional Delivery: 5 days; instructor group live.

Prerequisites: Auditors with a minimum of two-years of audit experience in the federal Inspector General community who are poised to take on greater responsibilities within their organizations and advance to becoming auditors-in-charge.

Advanced Preparation: None

CPE: 35.0 (Auditing-Governmental [33.0] and Communications and Marketing [2.0])

Prior Participant Comments:
“I truly enjoyed this class - it was the best training I have had since I started with my OIG... I have three colleagues scheduled to attend the next course and I told them to expect a great class which will challenge them and expose them to some new concepts.”

“I learned that the message (report) starts in the planning stage -- when I am developing my ideas to present to my team and management I must think of the effect and the message at the very beginning. The planning process is as critical as the task.”

“The training furthered my understanding of the elements of a finding. The most impactful learning that I experienced was the importance of identifying the "root" cause.”

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Planning, Organizing, and Writing Effective Reports (POWER):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
October 24-25, 2017 Washington, D.C. $450 POWER-1801
March 6-7, 2018 Washington, D.C. $450 POWER-1802
August 7-8, 2018 Washington, D.C. $450 POWER-1803

Program Description: Reports are the key work product of an Office of Inspector General. Whatever your role as an IG employee – an auditor, evaluator, inspector or investigator – getting your message across to the widest possible audience is essential. This training course uses case studies and practical exercises to stress the importance of planning, organizing, and writing a quality report with the reader in mind. 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 plan and write effective OIG reports. Content includes:

  • Knowing your audience.
  • Planning for an effective report.
  • Getting ready to write.
  • Organizing for an effective report.
  • Writing the report.

Recommended Attendees: Intermediate-level auditors, inspectors, evaluators, and investigators should attend this training program. Other CIGIE-member professionals involved in the report writing process may also benefit from the training program.

Instructional Delivery: 2 days; instructor group live.

Prerequisites: Participants should be at the GS-12 (or equivalent) level.

Advanced Preparation: Participants are encouraged to complete Writing Fundamentals or its equivalent before attending this training program.

CPE: 14.5 (Communications and Marketing)

Prior Participant Comments:
“I really enjoyed the practice exercises and the interaction with other IG staff.”

“This was the best CIGIE training I have attended. The instructors truly shared their knowledge, versus speaking TO the class. I would definitely suggest this course to my co-workers.”

“I learned tactics to improve my quality of writing, such as avoiding noun strings, fixing passive voice, and unburying verbs.”

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Writing Fundamentals (WF):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
April 10-11, 2018 Washington, D.C. $450 WF-1801

Program Description: CIGIE’s Quality Standards for Federal Offices of Inspector General, as well as audit, inspection, and evaluation, and investigation standards, require that writing be accurate, clear, complete, concise, convincing, objective, and timely. This basic-level training program is one of three writing training programs offered, including Planning, Organizing and 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 documents.

Recommended Attendees: Entry-level (GS-7 to 9 or equivalent) audit, inspection, evaluation, and investigator 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; instructor group live.

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation: None

CPE: 14.5 (Communications and Marketing)

Prior Participant Comments:
“I would recommend this training program to others – even those who think they know it all should take the course. The instructor is exceptional!”

“I learned the clustering technique which will improve my ability to start my writing process.”

“I learned the process of writing, clustering, organizing and freewriting. Amazing! I can write easily!”

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AI&E Academy Learning Forums (LF):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
TBD TBD $0 LF-1801

Program Description: The AI&E Academy will host several Learning Forums during the fiscal year to provide opportunities for audit, inspection, and evaluation professionals from across the CIGIE community to come together to discuss approaches and share best practices. These sessions will provide opportunities to hear from fellow OIG professionals and/or external subject matter experts on relevant topics. The learning forums are designed to be interactive and include networking opportunities whenever possible. CPEs will be awarded for participation. Stay tuned for additional information on the upcoming forums to be posted on this webpage and disseminated through the CIGIE Training Officers.

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