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About Robert Berry

Robert (That Audit Guy) Berry is a risk, compliance and auditing advocate, educator and innovator. He helps good professionals become better by creating articles, web services and training that allow them to expand their knowledge network.

2 Reasons Your Audit Report Fell Flat

The audit report is a critical part of the audit process. It, at a minimum, formally communicates to stakeholders the state of a control environment. The reporting phase is oftentimes troublesome. Many auditors spend hours arguing with clients about report content and distribution. Three major complaints i hear from auditors are that the client  Is [...]

By |2017-10-15T05:12:05-05:00January 27th, 2014|Blog|5 Comments

5 Things Great Internal Auditors Do!

  Within every profession, there are certain characteristics, traits, and tasks that mark great professionals. Internal auditing is no different.  Professionals can make the transition from good to great by following these 5 steps. Experience the products/services A few years ago, Domino's pizza did something daring.  Well, not really. They asked customers what they really [...]

By |2017-10-15T05:12:06-05:00August 8th, 2013|Auditing, Blog|11 Comments

What Would You Like to See on That Audit Guy?

  What would you like to see on That Audit Guy? Help make That Audit Guy your best source of risk and audit information by answering a few questions.  Answer the three polling questions. There is a small color scheme error on the site when using Internet Explorer.  I'm [...]

By |2013-07-24T05:50:12-05:00July 24th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Three Auditors You Should Fire Now

The war for audit talent is very competitive. Finding, developing and retaining talented professionals can be very difficult. Oftentimes, bad auditors remain at organizations because managers are either too lazy or too afraid to develop or let go of slackers. If you are confused about what a slacker looks like, here are three types of auditors you should fire immediately.

By |2017-10-15T05:12:07-05:00July 17th, 2013|Auditing, Blog|13 Comments

What to do when audit clients cross the line

Thomas Hawk via Compfight Every person (regardless of age, gender, ethnic background, appearance, intelligence level, whatever) deserves a basic level of respect.  It is unfortunate that many work environments do not understand this and operate under an unofficial “class system”.  Within this system, some individuals can say what they want, when they want and to [...]

By |2017-10-15T05:12:07-05:00July 10th, 2013|Audit Practices, Blog|0 Comments

Three Killer Questions for Internal Audit Clients

Milos Milosevic via Compfight Asking questions (observation and inquiry) is one of the most critical internal auditing skills. It allows auditors to gain an understanding of processes, objectively evaluate the function and reach logical conclusions regarding the effectiveness and efficiency of operations. It is important, but often times difficult to remain objective when attempting to [...]

By |2017-10-15T05:12:08-05:00July 2nd, 2013|Auditing, Blog|2 Comments

Fraud Discovered in Foster Care Company Prompts Audit

“Foster parents are special saints,” the Eau Claire woman told me. “They take troubled children and help them have a loving family.” These foster families often rely on child placement agencies for the money needed to care for special needs children. At least one foster parent wondered if everything was on the “up and up” when her foster placement agency in Middleton received

By |2013-07-10T04:19:55-05:00July 1st, 2013|Audit News, Blog|0 Comments

Auditors Must Remember the Data Doesn’t Lie…But Your Analysis Technique Might

I remember working for one audit function that established a testing/sampling population of 25 for everything. If the actual population was 25,000 records, we tested 25. If the population was 1,000,000 records, we tested 25. Although fairly young in my career when I experienced this, my instinct told me this was wrong. After inquiring, I was told

By |2017-10-15T05:12:09-05:00June 21st, 2013|Auditing, Blog, Technology|2 Comments

Do you know any of the “Top 10 Rising Stars in Internal Audit™”

The future of the internal audit profession was unveiled in a recent award program sponsored by Granite Consulting Group Inc., The Georgetown Group and Women Corporate Directors. The Top 10 Rising Stars in Internal Audit™ is a business award for new and soon to be Chief Audit Executives. It was established to recognize high performing members of the

By |2017-10-15T05:12:09-05:00June 19th, 2013|Audit News, Blog|0 Comments

It would be fun to Audit…

Several years ago while building a new relationship with an audit client, I mentioned that it would be ''fun to audit'' Carnival's cruise ship operations. She responded, ''Why, so you can catch them doing something wrong.'' At this point, we had a candid conversation about her perception of internal auditing and what we really do. I explained that it is never our intention to "catch" someone doing something wrong. We are charged with evaluating processes to determine if risks have been identified and are appropriately managed via effective and efficient controls. Fortunately, this client was very open to learning about internal audit. We audited several of her areas with success. She would occasionally joke about our initial interaction by commenting that it would be “fun” to audit process a, b or c in our organization. Except her definition of “fun” was not really all that exciting. it was typically coworkers that were a pain in the but for her. Then one day she asked me, what was the

By |2017-10-15T05:12:10-05:00June 11th, 2013|Auditing, Blog|1 Comment