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April 2003

President's Letter

David Price, Chapter PresidentYes, it is finally getting warmer! …almost time to plant flowers and enjoy spring in Texas.

Highlights for the month include the following:

  • April 17, 2003 - Monthly Meeting at CityPlace. This is our annual joint meeting with the Fort Worth Chapter. We will be discussing effectively communicating audit results and report writing. There is probably nothing more important in an auditor’s professional life than effectively communicating our findings. Do your long-term career a favor… attend the meeting and learn from the very best ideas and practices out there!
  • April 16, 2003, - Annual “Almost Free” Seminar at the JCPenney Home Office. Dan Kneer will present “Audit Smarter, Not Harder. Take advantage of the lowest cost and highest quality CPE opportunity of the year! The Dallas chapter subsidizes the majority of the costs associate with this event as a way to say “thanks” to the members of our great chapter.

If you are interested in hiring a qualified summer intern in your internal audit department, please contact Ray Clay at 940-565-3093. Dr. Clay has several exceptional Master’s degree candidates from the University Of North Texas Internal Audit program.

In closing, I hope to see you all at our monthly meeting on April 17th and at the “Almost Free” Seminar on April 16th. Remember the DART rail is a great way to get to our meetings. It stops in the basement of CityPlace.

Your Chapter President,
David Price, CIA, CPA, CISA
Chapter President

Next Meeting

Thursday, April 17, 2003
CityPlace Conference Center

Joint Meeting with
Fort Worth Chapter of the IIA

Lunch Meeting 12:00pm
Registration begins at 11:30am

404 Implementation Planning: An Overview
Presented by Chris Williams and Maanasa Maddali
PricewaterhouseCoopers

As part of an overall discussion regarding 404 implementation planning, a few key topics specifically covered will address the following questions:

  • 404 readiness process:-what are the roles and responsibilities relative to key tasks? (including Internal Audit's role in this process)
  • Project Planning: what are the key points to address and consider before and during implementation?
  • Coordination with External Audit Teams: when and how much does the external audit team need to be involved?
  • Documentation Efforts: Where should documentation efforts be focused?

Chris Williams is a Senior Manager in the Global Risk Management Solutions practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He provides Information Systems and Business Process Controls Services and Third Party Assurance Services for clients in the Technology Industry. He has over nine years experience serving both public and private sector companies. Prior to his emphasis in IT audit, Chris spent four years performing a variety of financial and regulatory audits in the firm's Audit Practice. Currently, Chris is a regional champion designated to lead the implementation of the Internal Control Workbench - a tool designed to assist companies in the documentation and assessment of internal controls as required by the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Stephen F. Austin State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas and is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.

Maanasa Maddali is a manager in the Global Risk Management Solutions practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. She provides Information technology and Business Process Controls services primarily to clients within the consumer products and retail industry sectors. She has also assisted clients though major business changes including business process redesign and technology strategy development. Most recently, Maanasa has been part of a PricewaterhouseCoopers team that has designed and conducted workshops for various clients that address the Sarbanes Oxley Act, the 404-readiness process, COSO, and implementation planning.

Maanasa earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University. She is a Certified Information Systems Auditor.


Pre-meeting 10:30am

Tips for Successful Business Writing
Presented by Joan Clay

Written communication is one of the most important aspects of our jobs as auditors. Poorly written emails or audit reports can significantly detract from our goal to improve controls across our organizations as well as our credibility. Joan Clay has written and instructed continuing education programs and developed a text, "Writing for Understanding and Success" that has been used by the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants in its continuing education classes. Joan will guide us on how to be more aware of our writing skills and styles. She will discuss what is "good writing" and "bad writing". She will also provide tips on how we can improve our writing. Specifically she will communicate how we can better use organization and editing to make our messages more clear. She will also demonstrate how simple, accurate and efficient words can make our writing more effective.

Joan Clay is an Associate Professor and past chairperson of the Hospitality Management Program in the School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management at the University of North Texas. She received her bachelor's degree in Biology and Mathematics from Northern Illinois University, master's degree in Biology from Indiana State University, and doctorate in Management from the University of North Texas.

She has held faculty positions in business schools at Texas Tech University and College of St. Mary in Omaha, Nebraska. Her research has resulted in over 19 publications in noted academic and practitioner journals. Her publications appearing in the "Cornell Quarterly" have received praise from both the academic and professional community.

In addition to her research efforts, she has written and instructed continuing professional education programs for many corporations and business organizations. Her text, "Writing for Understanding and Success" was used by the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants in its continuing education classes


Post-meeting 1:30pm

Communicating Results Effectively
Roundtable Discussion

Communicating the results of our audits to management can be one of the most important activities of an audit. Poor communication can lead to frustrated and confused readers and auditees. Likewise good communication could lead to informed auditees taking ownership for resolving issues that were identified in the audit. There are as many ways to report results as there are audit shops. At this meeting we will have a roundtable from audit managers from several different companies including Texas Instruments, JCPenney and Lennox to discuss their methodologies for communicating results. Participation from the audience should bring out more ideas we can take back to our companies.


Map to CityPlace Conference CenterCityplace Confernce CenterThis meeting is being held at CityPlace Conference Center.

The DART light rail station at CityPlace serves both the RED and BLUE lines. Check for schedules, routes and fare information at  http://www.dart.org/default.asp

Preferred Method:

The best method to place and confirm your reservation is via the web site at http://www.dallasiia.org/Reserve.htm.

Secondary Method:

An optional method is to use the telephone, fax, or e-mail. However, a $2 phone/fax/e-mail fee will be assessed to each reservation.

Contact:

Lori Cannafax
Phone: 972-431-5981
Fax: 972-431-5995
e-mail: lcann3@jcpenney.com

Meeting / Luncheon Fees:

IIA Members: $25
Non-Members: $30
Students: $15
Walk-ins (members or non): $30
Phone/Fax/E-Mail Fee: $2

Reservations must be received by noon on Friday, April 11, 2003 or a $5 late fee will be charged.

We reserve the right to bill for "no-shows."

Please mark your calendar these meeting dates for the balance of the 2002-2003 chapter year:

  • May 13, 2003

We Now Accept Credit Cards - Online Only

We accept most major Credit Cards

The IIA Dallas Chapter, in conjunction with PayPal, will now accept payment online for the monthly luncheons. There is no change in the cost to you for the lunch. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or eCheck. Note that some corporate-issued cards are not accepted by PayPal. This service is only available online at the time the reservation is made. This can be used to pay for individual or group reservations. Follow the instructions on our website. If you properly cancel a reservation before the meeting, the Chapter will either return the funds to you or reserve you for the next meeting. Any questions, contact Lynn Allsup, Treasurer, 214-559-1630 or Lynn.Allsup@RepubLink.com.

After you place your reservation online, you will see the link to pay via PayPal if desired.

Chapter Seminars

SOFTWARE! SOFTWARE! SOFTWARE!

Tight audit budgets getting you down? Well, relax, my friend, as there IS A LOT OF GREAT SOFTWARE out there that can really help you. The Dallas IIA presents:

“AUDIT SMARTER… NOT HARDER”

This seminar will expose you to a ton of software useful in your everyday job. And, many of the packages are FREE. Regardless of your audit emphasis (I.T. audit, general audit, financial audit, compliance audit, regulatory audit, fraud audit or contract audit), you WILL come away from this class with new audit tools.

Now let’s get specific. Packages demonstrated in this course cover the range from “looking for unrecorded transactions” to calculating IP addresses. We’ll look at user-friendly statistical sampling software as well as packages, which automatically read code and flowchart the application (and point out control points). Other software looks for anomalies in data, or allows for real time triggers.

The teacher, Dr. Dan Kneer, just had an article published in the ISACA Journal on the need for and how to build a continuous assurance/real-time monitoring system. Also, he has been the #1 rated speaker, numerous times, at the IIA International Conference. In this class, you will see, first-hand, how to build such a system with software that you already have!

Let’s talk about software that you already have. Ever looked at the “Analysis Tool Kit” in Excel? It’s LOADED with tools that you could use for Control Self Assessment and I.T. Governance. “Dr. Dan” will also show you how to build a GUI-based CEO/CFO/CIO Dashboard.

Come along on this fantastic journey. Let’s have a lot of laughs, and learn LOT!

SEMINAR INFORMATION

When: Wednesday, April 16, 2003
Time is running out! Register Today!
Time: 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Host Location: JCPenney Legacy Office (Highway 121 & Tollway)
IIA Member Cost: “Almost Free”… $50 includes next day lunch meeting
Ft Worth Members: $200
Non-IIA Member Cost: $350
CPE: 8 hours
Questions: apalm6@jcpenney.com
Registration: http://dallasiia.org/Almost_Free_03.htm

Biography
Dr. Dan Kneer
Dr. Dan C. Kneer and Associates, Inc.

Dr. Dan Kneer’s amateur computer crime prevention career started in the early 1970’s when he hacked (it was pre-approved) into the management simulation game in college (as a system “test”). Dr. Dan’s professional computer security career started at Deloitte & Touche, in San Francisco. His national award winning Ph.D. thesis in 1981 predicted security issues in decentralized or distributed processing (the precursor to “client/server”). Dr. Dan served as the National Director of Research of the (then) EDP Auditors Association (now ISACA) and he initiated the Research Monograph Series editing Monograph #1 Computer Assisted Audit Techniques. He has taught many CAAT's packages including ACL and IDEA. He also was involved with the EDPAF’s “Control Objectives” (the “father” document of the CobiT). Dan served on the Arizona Society of CPAs Audit Standards Committee and was involved in the content of SAS 47, SAS 48, and SSAE 1. He also provided advice to the AICPA on SAS 55. Dr. Dan co-founded the Masters Degree in Computer Auditing at Arizona State University (the largest program of this type in the nation). He has won college-teaching awards in each of the last three decades. Dr. Dan has ranked in the “top 5%” of speakers at every conference for which he has made presentations.

His specialty is the application of computer control and security, and computer auditing. He is the world’s biggest believer in real-time monitors and analytics. “Doc” stresses a “process focus” and the mindset of a “value-added” consultant. Dan says match the control and security to the client’s business model.

Dr. Dan has been assisting the Big-5, internal audit shops, and governmental auditors for over 21 years. His clients include the Fortune top 50 and numerous Inspector General’s Offices, State Auditors’ Offices, Attorney Generals’ Offices and Law Enforcement Agencies. Dan’s IT security cases are utilized on 5 continents.

Dr. Dan was hired by PricewaterhouseCoopers in the 1980’s to assist in the design and deployment of their CAG (Computer Audit Group) practice. Dan has also taught at the Becker Center (Ernst & Young’s National training faculty) and St. Charles, Illinois (Arthur Andersen’s National training faculty). “Doc” consulted with Andersen Worldwide regarding the subsequent split of AA and Accenture.

Dan is a renowned speaker and has delivered talks at such famous venues as 1) Caesars Palace, 2) the Washington D.C. National Press Club, 3) the Downtown New York Athletic Club (home of the Heisman trophy), 4) the grand ballroom at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, 5) Madison Square Garden, and 6) the Palace de Concorde (Paris).

Dr. Dan assists many organizations in internal fraud analysis, forensic accounting, litigation support and asset recovery investigations. His proven techniques in data mining have earned him praise from many agencies for his contributions to asset recovery and revenue protection. Dan holds both a CPA certificate (1975; license is currently inactive) and CFE … Certified Fraud Examiner (1999).

Recent Accomplishments include:

  • Completion of a three-year consulting project with the United States Postal Service which saved $900,000,000 per year on bulk mail handling … both revenue protection and cost avoidance (1994-1996)
  • A “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for innovative teaching of technology. (1997)
  • Assisting the Internal Revenue Service (Office of Inspector General) in developing a statistical sampling policy and internal fraud investigation techniques. (1998)
  • Acknowledgement by Courtenay Thompson (a well known fraud investigator) that “Dan’s regression analysis ideas for continuous process monitoring are the best preventive medicine for fraud.” (1997)
  • Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) study on Model Curricula for Computer Auditors. (1996-1998)
  • The Governor of Arizona Award for Excellence in Education Design. (1996)
  • A National Literary Award from Managerial Auditing (United Kingdom). (1997)
  • Increased the Department of Defense Audit Agencies efficiency by 33% (several thousand man-days of labor). (1999)
  • Volunteered for President Clinton’s Computer Cyber-Terrorism Team. (2000)
  • ISACA Editorial Review Board. (2000)
  • Co-founded KPMG’s Information Risk Management (IRM) University (1996-Present)
  • A highly regarded Inspector General recently introduced Dan by saying “all other teachers I have ever seen (in 25 years) teach in black and white; Dr. Dan teaches in color.” (2001)

Dr. Dan has extensive knowledge in:

  • Computer Security
  • Forensic Investigation
  • Fraud
  • Privacy
  • Intrusion detection
  • Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Data Mining
  • Network Architectures & Security

Chapter News

Report Your Speaking and Writing

It's time again for the survey to determine which IIA Dallas Chapter members have submitted articles or spoken during March, or earlier if not previously reported. Each speaking engagement on internal auditing that a Dallas Chapter member completes will earn the Chapter 1 credit per CPD hour. Each full article, Roundtable article, Fraud Finding, etc. submitted that meets basic editorial guidelines will earn 5 credits. For each full article published 20 credits are earned. Each internal audit related article published in any other trade or professional journal that is authored by a chapter member is 5 credits.

To report your writing and speaking go to http://dallasiia.org/Speaking.htm and complete the provided form by April  15, 2003. Contact Magdalena Kovats (972-389-3344 or magdalena.kovats@mckesson.com) if you have any questions.


Phone Call Opt Out

If you want your name removed from our reminder phone call list, go to the chapter website. Click on the "Members" tab and then click on "Opt Out."


Rough RidersMay Meeting -Frisco RoughRiders Baseball Game
Tuesday the 13th - Frisco, Texas

3:30 - Business of Minor League Baseball

Shellie Johnson, Vice President of Communications, Frisco RoughRidersdrpepper_ballpark_150.gif (9087 bytes)Aerial of Ballpark

4:30 - Tour of Dr. Pepper/7Up Ballpark

6:00 - Dinner and Awards Ceremony 6:00pm

7:00 - Frisco Rough Riders vs. Arkansas Travelers

Cost:

  • Speaker and/or Tour only - $10.00
  • All events - $15.00 (includes $5.00 meal ticket and ticket to game) - Family members are welcome!
We need your reservation and payment by May 1, 2003

For more information and to sign up, go to http://www.dallasiia.org/May_03.htm.


Congratulations to New CIA’s, CCSA’s and CFSA’s

New CIA’s, CCSA’s and CFSA’s who passed the November 2002 certification examination and met the rigorous requirements of the IIA’s Certification Program received their certificates at the Dallas Chapter’s March luncheon. In total, 45 designations for Certified Internal Auditor, Certification in Control Self-Assessment, and Certified Financial Services Auditor were earned by Dallas Chapter IIA members. In addition, new CIA Judy Willett was presented with the Certificate of Honor for scoring in the top 25 of all candidates sitting for the CIA exam worldwide following the Gold Medal and five Certificate of Excellence winners. Congratulations to the following chapter members.

New CIA's
Regina Anderson
Carly Andrews
Pat Bigelow
Kellie Boerner
Melodee Boos
Corrine Bryan
Kent Chambless
Kimberlyee Chappell
Fred Cook
James Greenwalt
Valerie Hatch
Jennifer Hildebrand
Kristin Hopper
Ester Jayme
John Lazarine
Anthony Lenhoff
Amber Loveridge
Nicole Lucas
Sherry McAuley
Luis Padilla
Anthony Palmieri
Scott Pierce
Ashley Pinto
Andrew Powell
Mark Salamasick
Ryan Simpson
Rhett Staehling
James Stegmaier
Ana Turner
Michelle Watts
Judy Willett
Craig Williamson
Wendy Zea
New CCSA's New CFSA's
Denny Beran
Melodee Boos
Fred Cook
Greg Dubis
Sherry McAuley
Joseph Molina
Anthony Palmieri
Jeff Seutter
Scott Sullins
Ana Turner
Benjamin Clark
Jeffery Weaver

IIA Research Foundation

The IIA Research Foundation would like to bring to your attention a number of online reports free to members. These reports are in the Foundation’s Projects area of the IIA web site (http://www.theiia.org/ecm/iiarf.cfm?doc_id=285). This is part of a new initiative from the Foundation aimed at bringing information to the membership in a timely manner. The reports include:

  • Research Opportunities in Internal Auditing - To understand the ramifications of, and the opportunities from, the new corporate governance environment, ten well-known and respected academics have written on the past, present and future of internal auditing. These academics also outlined key questions that collectively present an ambitious research agenda.
  • Assessment Guide for U.S. Legislative, Regulatory, and Listing Exchanges Requirements Affecting Internal Auditing - Key requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley, the SEC, and America's stock listing exchanges are compared and contrasted in this 34-page analysis.
  • Internal Auditor's Role in Corporate Governance
  • Implementation Guide - Section 302 - CEO/CFO Certification of Disclosure Controls
  • El Paso Internal Control Assessment Survey
  • Sample Audit Committee Charter Audit Committee Charter Issues Matrix
  • Internal Auditing Relationships: Serving Two Masters - This report reviews the reporting relationships of the chief audit executive as an integral part of the governance process.

Membership Updates

At our April meeting, we will again be honoring our members with ten, and up to thirty-five years of membership with The Institute of Internal Auditors. Please come out and show them your support! Also, be sure to welcome our newest members.

Update Member Information In Real Time - Keep your member record current with our real-time "Update Profile" feature. Using this interactive Web tool, IIA members can make changes online and See the results on-screen immediately after submission. This is the best way for you to ensure The IIA and your local chapter has the most accurate information. Check your record now https://www.theiia.org/iia/profile/index.cfm.

March 2003 Anniversaries
35 Years
Alan Davis
Richard Hulton
Wayne Furman

30 Years
Thomas Gorman

25 Years
Alan Harris
Charles Seamon
Gary Barton
Gilbert Bellamy
Judy Townley
Max Martin
Walter Gatewood

We will continue to honor Dallas Chapter Members at meetings and through the newsletter as members reach their milestone anniversaries with The Institute.

20 Years
Dan Gould
David Lawson
Kenneth McKee
Linda Dillow
Patrick O'Mahoney

15 Years
Albert Bazis
Daniel Monzani
Mark Mullery
Patrick Hagen
Paul Styrvoky
Roger Perez
Russell Huette
Sandra Wright

10 Years
Anthony Catto
Barry Johnson
Cathy Jackson
Cynthia A.Grimes
David Boyce
Forest (Randy) Jones
George Williams
Jacqueline Nelson
Kelly S. Iske
Leon Diamond
Mark Finck
Mary Beth Goodrich
Robert Rubel
Ruth Burton
Sharon Maas
Sue Ann Flor
Toni R. Messer
Valerie James Palmer
Vanessa Dennis
William Barden
March 2003 New Members
Celia Brereton
Chris Berzon
David V. Lam
Jane K. Armstrong
Jason Cobb
Joe Rosello
John Pollock
Kollen Brower
Kristy Ellis
Margaret Rodriguez
Ricardo Parra
Sharon Wong
Stacy Eley
Steve N. Odell
Timothy Berrier
Tony Dean

Career Opportunities

Are you currently in the job market either voluntarily or involuntarily? Let the Employment Committee help you. Send us your resume and we will include you in our resume database. We receive calls from recruiters and hiring managers for open positions and will forward your resume if there is a match. We get calls for staff to director levels, IT to finance, local to out of town. All inquiries will be handled confidentially. If you have any questions, we will have a table set up at the next chapter meeting, or give us a call or e-mail us. We look forward to helping you.


Brinker International

Position: Exception Reporting Specialist
Requisition Code: EXCPREPS
Posted Date: April 2, 2003
Grade Level: 8
Recruiting Contact: brinker@alexus.com

Job Summary

  • Partner with Operational Audit/Advisor team to produce ongoing reporting focused on continuous audit through exception based reporting.
  • Collaborate with Advisor team in determining effective report formatting to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Analyze reporting for trends and conclusions and communicate these effectively.
  • Link data from multiple sources in order to produce reports.
  • Generate and maintain scripts and queries for producing automated reports on a regular basis.
  • Generate Microsoft Excel pivot tables for data analysis.
  • Report to the Restaurant Advisory Services Manager in Brinker International’s Corporate Review department (Internal Audit department).

Qualifications

Education/Training:

  • College degree or related job experience.
  • Restaurant operations experience a plus.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • SQL query knowledge.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel knowledge.
  • Other Microsoft Office experience (Word, Access, Outlook).
  • ACL experience a plus.
  • Experience with Hyperion Essbase beneficial
  • Experience with PeopleSoft, AS/400, ODBC, and SQL Server preferred
  • Ability to achieve closure on assignments within deadline
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Must be a team player, flexible, with ability to work independently.

Delong Consulting Services

SENIOR AUDIT CONSULTANT

Delong Consulting Services, the premier provider of internal audit and compliance outsourcing services to financial institutions throughout the DFW area, is seeking a professional with outstanding internal audit skills. The candidate will document and evaluate controls, design audit programs, perform audit testing, and report the results to management. The ability to communicate effectively with all levels of management and Board of Directors is critical. Our focus is to provide added value to clients by recommending practical and cost effective solutions.

Minimum requirements include extensive experience auditing financial institutions and outstanding communication skills. Professional designations of CPA, CIA or CBA are a plus.

All of our clients are located in the DFW area, so overnight travel is minimal.

Excellent salary and benefits including life insurance, 401K with Company Matching and paid vacation and holidays.

Please send responses to AuditConsultants@aol.com.


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