Improving the Auditor and Auditee Relationship

2 Credits: Auditing (Governmental)


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Improving the Auditor and Auditee Relationship

Course Level
CPE Credits

2 Credits: Auditing (Governmental)

Course Description

This course is a valuable resource for auditors seeking to enhance their professional relationships with auditees, especially in the governmental audit sector. It features a comprehensive set of techniques and practices aimed at improving communication, starting from the initial auditor-auditee conference. Attendees will benefit from learning skills that facilitate better presentations, effective communication of findings, and strategies to gain acceptance of recommendations. Moreover, the course provides insights into addressing auditee responses and ensuring timely written comments on audit findings. By adopting these methods, auditors can expect to foster more cooperative relationships with auditees, leading to smoother audit processes and more constructive outcomes.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Chapter 1

  • Identify techniques to improve auditor/auditee relations

Chapter 2

  • Define practices that will improve auditor/auditeeconferences

Chapter 3

  • Identify useful skills for presentations

Chapter 4

  • Recognize techniques to better communicate findings with the auditee
  • Identify methods to achieve acceptance of findings and recommendations

Chapter 5

  • Identify the rationale and need for timely written comments to audit findings

Chapter 6

  • Identify techniques to use in addressing the auditee’s response
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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
December 14, 2023

There are no prerequisites.

Advanced Preparation


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Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220

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Meet The Experts

Until his retirement in October 1996, Sefton Boyars was the Department of Education’s Regional Inspector General for Audit in Regions IX and X. During his 35-year career, Sefton worked for a variety of federal and local government audit agencies. He is a member of the California CPA Society and was a long-time chair of his chapter’s combined committee on Accounting Principles and Auditing Standards and Government Accounting and Auditing. Sefton Boyars is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Government Financial Manager, a Certified Fraud Specialist, and a Certified Internal Auditor. He is a past chair of the Western Intergovernmental Audit …

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Bill has 30 years of federal audit and contract monitoring and administration experience.  He served as the U.S. Department of Education’s Regional Inspector General for Audit for Regions VII, VIII, and X.  Mr. Allen also served as Region IX’s Assistant Regional Inspector General for Audit.  In these capacities, he managed the planning, performing, and reporting for performance and compliance audits of public and private (nonprofit and for-profit) educational and health-related organizations.  He also negotiated reimbursement contracts, and overhead expense for Medicare Providers and Intermediary organizations [Insurance organizations]. He has led a peer review …