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Fraud Risk per the GAO’s Green Book

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Just because you’re unaware of the risk, doesn’t mean it isn’t there Just because you aren’t conscious of something dangerous, doesn’t mean it isn’t lurking.   One of the most important themes of the GAO’s Green Book (and the 2013 COSO model it is sourced from) is consciousness.  Instead of just playing along with the crowd [...]

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8 Principles of Waiting


Unoccupied time feels longer than occupied time Pre-process wait feels longer than in-process waits Anxiety makes waits feel longer Uncertain waits are longer than known, finite waits Unexplained waits are longer than explained waits Unfair waits are longer than equitable waits The more valuable the services, the longer I will wait Solo waiting feels longer [...]

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Chapter 5: Ranking What You Care About: The Risk Assessment Component


Objectives: Define risk Define magnitude of a risk Define likelihood of a risk Apply risk, magnitude, and likelihood to a scenario Document the assessment or risk, magnitude, and likelihood 10 spots left in the Essential Skills 2-Day course in July. SIGN UP NOW. In chapter 3 we talked about risk very briefly.  In this chapter [...]

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CHAPTER 2: Tests of Cost Allowability for Federal Grants

Objectives: Judge whether an item of cost is allowable per the cross-cutting principles Detect which allowability principle has been violated Are audit reports a chore for your team? It doesn’t have to be that hard! Come to Leita’s Audit Reporting Clinic in August to get some relief. Register here. The cost principles set out the [...]

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CHAPTER 1: 2 CFR 200, Subpart E – General Principles & Basic Premises

Please enjoy this excerpt from the self-study CPE course on Yellowbook-CPE entitled, “New Uniform Guidance: Cost Principles for Nonprofits and Governments” By Sefton Boyars, CPA, CGFM and William T. Allen, CPA (ret.)   Objectives: Differentiate between principles applicable to state and local governments and nonprofits Define key government regulators and their related acronyms Sequence the four layers of [...]

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Chapter 4: The remaining dimensions of the cube

Objectives: Distinguish between management objectives Choose a finite subject matter on which to apply controls Essential Skills in Austin at Maggiano’s on July 11 & 12 Register here. A little whine with that cheese? In order to make the top and the side of the cube come alive here, I am going to talk about [...]

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Chapter 3: The Face of the Cube

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• Distinguish between components of internal control The COSO model has three main dimensions. Let’s talk in this chapter about the dimension most difficult to grasp  – the face of the cube which lists the five components of internal control.  We will discuss the side and the top in later chapters. The five components of [...]

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The Key to Good Audits

The GAO mentions audit objectives 120 times in chapter 6 of the Yellow Book for a reason! Your audit success hinges on your ability to define a finite, auditable objective. Click the video image below to view this very short video on the subject and take a look at the attached whitepaper below on audit [...]

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Vague and Mean

Have you ever said anything akin to “monitoring is lacking” in your audit report?  Need you be so mean? Write a solid finding FAST – The Art of the Finding in Austin on October 14 Register here. In most audit reports that I review, I see unnecessary cruelty.  Flat-out, unhelpful, ornery statements that are not [...]

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Chapter 2: Grounding the Green Book in Reality

Objectives:  Identify reasons why most organizations do not achieve the ideal internal control structure described in the the Green Book The Green Book describes control nirvana Art of Finding 8 hours of Yellow Book credit. Interactive and in Austin! Register here. The GAO Green Book lays out an ideal control structure – a nirvana for [...]

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[New Seminar Schedule] CPE Designed for CPAs

Plan ahead? Fall CPE seminars, webcasts & self-studies from pro CPA trainer Leita Hart-Fanta Hello, my busy friends, Quickly wanted to share the latest dates and courses designed to help you stay on top of your game and check off your 2015 Yellow Book CPE credits in the most enjoyable way possible… First, select your [...]

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[New Seminar Schedule] CPE Designed for Government Auditors

Join us! Fulfill your 2015 CPE requirements this Fall with Leita Hart-Fanta’s trademark engaging style and info-packed seminars and courses Welcome to Summertime, Friends! Doesn’t time seem to move more slowly in summer? Here in Texas Hill Country, summer means the sound of ceiling fans and cicadas, kids splashing at the pool, rope swings at [...]

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Internal controls a la GAO’s Green Book

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Hi Lovely Readers! I am beginning a book on internal controls… more specifically the GAO’s take on internal controls… and I thought I’d share it with you chapter by chapter as I get them drafted. Chapter 1 Internal Controls à la GAO’s Green Book Objectives: Identify the purpose of the GAO’s Green Book Identify the [...]

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How much backup do we need for that statement?

Do you believe that every statement in your audit report needs to be backed up with evidence? Some auditors do and some don’t. Essential Audit Skills in Austin October 28 & 29, 2015 Register here. The word “every” is troublesome, isn’t it? Most statements need backup – but not “every” statement does. For instance, the [...]

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Choosing a Solid Methodology

Go ahead. Admit it.   You are copying other auditors’ procedures to perform your audit.  You are glancing over last year’s audit program and using that as a basis for your current audit procedures.  Although that isn’t ideal, I understand why you are doing that.  But lecturing you on why you should write customized procedures for [...]

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Need your Texas Ethics hours or Washington State Ethics Hours?

CPAs!  Do you need your Texas Ethics hours or Washington State Ethics Hours?  Yellowbook-CPE needs a CPA to review these courses.  The CPA, in turn, will earn free CPE for the effort.  Please contact to get your free CPE.

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Who are you most like?

Are you a journalist, monitor, or auditor? Or do you embody qualities of all three? Journalists The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosensteil [1] lays out some inspirational principles for journalists: Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth. Its first loyalty is to [...]

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Check out our new videos!

Hello Dear Readers – How do you prefer to learn? Do you like to read? Experience a live seminar? Listen to a webcast? Or watch a video? Yellowbook-CPE is trying every angle to suit your needs. We are working on two video series. One is called The Steps of the Audit Process and the other [...]

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Government Transparency: Interesting sites and videos

We own the government so we have a right to know where our tax dollars go. But most of the time, especially at the federal level, we are treated like mushrooms: fed BS and kept in the dark! Essential Audit Skills 2-day course in Austin April 2 & 3, 2015 Register here. Blessedly, last year [...]

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CHAPTER 1: Why Auditors Conduct Interviews

Objectives: Distinguish between an interrogation and a facilitated interview Discuss the need to have a productive, friendly relationship with the client Interviewing is one of the most common tasks of any audit engagement. You often talk with the client to find out crucial information. Each one of these chats is an opportunity for you to [...]

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