Our Core Principles
The Office of Internal Audit and Management Advisory Services utilizes the following standards and guidelines:
- Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
- Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
- Information Systems Audit and Control Association ("ISACA).
The IIA Standards require that internal audit functions undergo an independent, quality assurance review every five years to ensure adherence to the Standards.
The IIA Core Principles consist of the following:
The integrity of internal auditors establishes trust and thus provides the basis for reliance on their judgment.
- Perform their work with honesty, diligence, and responsibility.
- Observe the law and make disclosures expected by the law and the profession of internal auditing.
- Will not knowingly be a party to any illegal activity, or engage in acts that are discreditable to the profession of internal auditing or to the organization.
- Respect and contribute to the legitimate and ethical objectives of the organization.
Internal auditors exhibit the highest level of professional objectivity in gathering, evaluating, and communicating information about the activity or process being examined. Internal auditors make a balanced assessment of all the relevant circumstances and are not unduly influenced by their own interests or by others in forming judgments.
- Will not participate in any activity or relationship that may impair or be presumed to impair their unbiased assessment. This participation includes those activities or relationships that may be in conflict with the interests of the organization.
- Will not accept anything that may impair or be presumed to impair their professional judgment.
- Will disclose all material facts known to them that, if not disclosed, may distort the reporting of activities under review.
Internal auditors respect the value and ownership of information they receive and do not disclose information without appropriate authority unless there is a legal or professional obligation to do so.
- Will be prudent in the use and protection of information acquired in the course of their duties.
- Will not use information for any personal gain or in any manner that would be contrary to the law or detrimental to the legitimate and ethical objectives of the organization.
Internal auditors apply the knowledge, skills, and experience needed in the performance of internal auditing services.
- Will engage only in those services for which they have the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience.
- Will perform internal auditing services in accordance with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.
- Will continually improve their proficiency and the effectiveness and quality of their services.