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The Internal Control & Accountability Unit was created in 2009 as a result of the passage of MN Statute Section 16A.057. The primary mission of the unit is to improve internal controls throughout state government.

  • Statutory Responsibilities
    • Adopt statewide internal control standards and policies
    • Coordinate executive branch agency internal control training and assistance
    • Promote and coordinate the sharing of internal audit resources
    • Monitor Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) reports and corresponding corrective action plans
    • Make biennial reports on the system of internal controls and internal auditing in executive branch agencies
  • Staff Background

    The Internal Control & Accountability Unit is staffed with a Director and four Internal Control Specialists.  Before joining the Internal Control & Accountability Unit as Director, Jeanine Kuwik was Minnesota Management & Budget's (MMB) Financial Reporting Supervisor, and prior to that she was a long time Audit Manager with the Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA).  Each of the four internal control specialist has a wide variety of audit, internal control, and financial services experiences within state government and the private sector, particularly from the banking industry.  These assorted talents and broad experiences of the team provide diverse perspectives on internal control.


  • We are Going Green!  The state is switching from the COSO Internal Control Integrated Framework as its standard model for internal controls to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government, also known as the Green Book.  Learn more about the Green Book in our September 29, 2014 Internal Control Bulletin and in our newly released Internal Control Quick Reference Guide.  You may also want to read Federal News Radio's recent interview with the GAO's Jim Dalkin on the recent Green Book updates.  In the coming months, the MMB Internal Control & Accountability Unit will update all policy, procedures, and related guidance to conform to the Green Book.  Check back often for new updates!
  • New Code of Conduct Resources Available.  The newly revised Code of Conduct Webinars, Code of Conduct Policy, Procedure, Certification Forms, and Code of Conduct Quick Reference Guide are now available for agency use.
  • State of Minnesota Fraud Awareness Week is November 16 - 22.  The State of Minnesota executive and judicial branches will observe the 2014 International Fraud Awareness Week, sponsored by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), November 16 - 22.  Fraud Week is an annual event sponsored by the ACFE, an organization of 70,000+ members who are dedicated to fighting fraud worldwide.  The MMB Internal Control & Accountability Unit, in partnership with the Internal Control Roundtable, is coordinating statewide Fraud Week activities, including the November 19, Fraud Risk Management training course posted on our “Upcoming Events” tab.  Additional details on the full list of Fraud Week activities will be available soon. 

Upcoming Events

10/30/14 Internal Control Roundtable Meeting:

Jamie Majerus, Internal Audit Manager - Judicial Branch will host a meeting of the Internal Control Roundtable on Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.  The meeting will be held at the Minnesota Judicial Center, 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155, Room MJC230.

Meeting Agenda:

  • Green Book Implementation Presentation - members of the Roundtable will present information on the newly revised Green Book.
  • Open forum

11/19/14 Fraud Risk Management Training - 8:00 - 4:30 p.m. (at St. Paul College):

It is estimated that organizations worldwide lose approximately 5 percent of their annual revenues to fraud.  This alarming statistic suggests there is a need for a strong anti-fraud stance and proactive, comprehensive approach to combating fraud.  As state agencies, boards, and councils increase their focus on risk and as they establish their formal risk assessment programs, they should take the opportunity to consider, enact, and improve measures to detect, deter and prevent fraud.  This course will explain how agency management and staff can integrate anti-fraud initiatives into their risk management and risk assessment programs to: 

  • Support fraud risk management initiatives via establishment of an anti-fraud culture and through the promotion of fraud awareness throughout the agency
  • Identify, assess and manage fraud risks from all sources
  • Develop a system of internal controls to address the agency’s fraud risks 

This course is being offered by the MMB Internal Control and Accountability Unit in partnership with the ACFE as part of the November 16-22, 2014 International Fraud Awareness Week.  Pre-registration is required and is only open to state employees.  To register, go to SEMA4 Self-Service - Learning.  If you have questions or would like more information on this training opportunity, contact Mike Thone.

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Staff                                                                       Position                                                                               Phone Number
Jeanine Kuwik MBA, CPA, CISA - Internal Control & Accountability Director   651-201-8148      
Heidi Henry CCSA - Internal Control Specialist 651-201-8078
Jo Kane MBA, CPA - Internal Control Specialist 651-201-8174
Mike Thone CFE - Internal Control Specialist 651-201-8132
Brennan Coatney Internal Control Specialist (Currently on Active Military Duty)
Internal Control & Accountability Group Email

Mailing Address
658 Cedar Street
4th Floor, Centennial Building
St. Paul, MN 55155