Internal Auditing Reputation

June 22, 2022

Everybody Loves a Government Watchdog … Until It Barks

It’s not clear when the label of watchdog was first attached to government auditors, but it has become a frequently used term for these hard-working public […]
May 23, 2022


As a young internal auditor, nothing was more frustrating to me than presenting a great internal audit recommendation or new idea to an audit client (or […]
May 5, 2022

Creating Awareness About Internal Audit Must Happen Year-Round

It is May again, and as many internal auditors know, that means International Internal Audit Awareness Month is upon us. The IIA, along with its affiliated […]
April 25, 2022

Five Characteristics of Impactful Internal Audit Departments

An evergreen challenge for internal auditors is how to make a real impact. Gone are the days when we could simply be value protectors who patrolled […]
March 28, 2022

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​“Where Was Internal Audit?” It’s Easier Asked Than Answered

I have recently been speaking again with members of the press seeking my perspectives on internal audit, risk management and governance in the post-COVID era. While […]
December 27, 2021

Internal Audit Isn’t the Brakes, It’s Part of the Navigation System

I have always been on the lookout for clever ways to describe internal audit’s role in an organization. Elevator speeches are fine when you have 60 […]
November 22, 2021

When There is No Internal Audit – Investors Should Run!

A recent Gallup Poll found that 56 percent of Americans invest in the stock market, which is consistent with historical trends. The statistic varies in other […]
November 15, 2021

Making Auditors “Civil Servants” Isn’t the Right Answer

From time to time, I hear of ideas for “improving” the auditing profession. Some are pretty good, but others catch me totally by surprise and, well, […]
July 18, 2021

Courageous Internal Auditors Are Storm Chasers

As the world slowly emerges from the historic Covid-19 pandemic, I have been giving a lot of thought to the lessons the internal audit profession should […]
July 5, 2021

Six Signs You May Be the “Internal Guard-it” Department

Traditionally, internal audit was seen as a value protection element in the organization’s system of risk management and controls. It helped organizations protect value through a […]