The external review was conducted in March 2015 by Crowe Horwath LLP, and it evaluated Internal Audit’s compliance with the international standards and code of ethics of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). In addition, the review noted several innovations implemented by the department that have contributed to its conformity to these standards and codes.
“I am very pleased to report that our policies, our procedures and our auditors, led by Internal Audit Director Jim Cali, are upholding the very highest standards of the industry,” said John Nations, President and CEO of Bi-State Development Agency. “Independent, third-party audits are invaluable toward maintaining the public trust and assuring our stakeholders that we are taking all of the necessary steps to protect their investment.”
IIA’s international standards are divided into two major categories: attribute standards and performance standards. The Internal Audit Department received the highest rating for both categories, as well as for conforming to the IIA code of ethics.
In addition, the independent review highlighted several innovative practices that have produced a positive impact on the function of the Internal Audit Department, including: