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As auditing shifts from an outsourced function to a cornerstone of internal control, audit directors need an updated manual that reflects the radical changes the internal audit profession recently experienced in order to establish efficient processes for conducting successful audits. Managing the Audit Function, Third Edition, provides a blueprint for the creation of an effective procedures manual for an internal audit department.
A new chapter defines internal control, risk assessment, control strategies, and malicious activities. This subject should be studied and understood not only by internal auditors but by all managers and board members as well. The recent developments with accounting irregularities demonstrated a clear need for an education on the complex subject of internal control.
By implementing the methods recommended in Cangemi and Singleton’s authoritative guide, auditors can play an integral role in improving overall corporate performance. Among other services, the Third Edition:
By following the manual, auditors can ensure that they are following the guidelines for internal control that both the Foreign Corrupt Services Act and the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO) require. The authors also present a sample procedures manual on an available Web site:
Each page of the manual has a heading consisting of a generic company name, title of the manual (Corporate Audit Department Procedures Manual, if appropriate), section number, revision number, and the date of the revision. The authors have written much of the text this way as a boilerplate that can be used to easily create a unique, modifiable, dynamic manual. In this shifting accounting landscape, effective auditing procedures are absolutely essential to appropriate internal control. Managing the Audit Function, Third Edition provides internal auditors the reliable resource they need.
PART ONE: FUNDAMENTALS OF THE INTERNAL AUDITING FUNCTION.
Chapter 1. Background.
1.2 History of Auditing.
1.3 History of Internal Auditing.
1.4 Auditing Government Agencies.
1.5 History of Information Systems Auditing.
1.6 History of Federal Regulations Related to Auditing.
1.7 Professional Organizations Related to Internal Auditing.
Chapter 2. Auditing Standards and Responsibilities.
2.3 Professional Auditing Standards.
2.4 Systems Development Life Cycle Standards.
2.5 Professional Development.
2.6 Responsibilities of a Corporate Auditor.
Chapter 3. Internal Control System.
3.2 Fundamental Assumptions in Establishing an Internal Control System.
3.3 Effective Internal Control Models.
3.6 Risk Assessment.
3.7 Control Strategies.
3.8 Malicious Activities.
3.9 Specific Controls/CAATTs.
PART TWO: MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION.
Chapter 4. Department Organization.
4.2 Corporate Audit Charter.
4.3 Company Organization.
4.4 Audit Department Policies.
Chapter 5. Personnel, Administration, and Recruiting.
5.2 Personal Development.
5.3 Personnel Files.
5.4 Periodic Performance Evaluation Review.
5.5 Annual Staff Meeting/Conference.
5.6 New Staff Orientation.
PART THREE: TECHNICAL PROCEDURES.
Chapter 6. Audit Planning.
6.1 Corporate Audit Planning, Scheduling, and Staffing.
6.2 Internal Controls.
6.4 Types of Audits.
6.5 Time Reporting.
6.6 Expense Reporting.
Chapter 7. Audit Performance.
7.1 Corporate Audit Performance Process Matrix.
7.3 Audit Objectives.
Chapter 8. Audit Reporting.
8.1 Corporate Audit Report Process.
8.2 Report to Management.
8.3 Report to Audit Committee.
PART FOUR: LONG-TERM EFFECTIVENESS.
Chapter 9. Managing the Effectiveness of the Audit Department.
9.2 Corporate Governance.
9.3 Quality Assurance.
9.4 Continuous Improvement Systems for Internal Auditors.
9.5 Marketing the Audit Function.