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About Us

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.

Announcements

  • April Internal Control Bulletin: The April Internal Control Bulletin, titled "What About Reputation Risk?," is now available. 
  • April Roundtable Minutes Are Available: We have posted the April 14, 2016 Internal Control Roundtable meeting minutes.
  • New Control Environment Tool: Version 3.0 of the Control Environment Self-Assessment Tool is now available on our Control Environment Page. Use of the latest version is required for 2016 Internal Control System Certification. The Control Environment Self-Assessment Tool is slightly shorter than in the past, but contains significant updates, including revised goals, control objectives, recommended controls, and legal/policy references.
  • New Code of Conduct Webinars: Minnesota Management and Budget has produced new Code of Conduct Training modules that cover both the state’s statutory code of ethics (MN Stat. Section 43A.38) and the Statewide Code of Conduct Operating Policy. The trainings are available in Enterprise Learning Management (ELM). These trainings replace all prior versions of MMB’s code of conduct training. All prior versions are officially rescinded and should no longer be used. See the "Code of Conduct Training FAQs" document for more information.

Upcoming Events

5/19/2016 Internal Control Roundtable Meeting:

Amy Jorgenson, Internal Audit Director (MDH) will host a meeting of the Internal Control Roundtable on Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Department of Health, Freeman Building, 625 Robert St. N, St. Paul, MN 55164, in conference room B144. Visitor security check-in is required.

Meeting Agenda:

  • Sheldon Klugman, Internal Controls Director, Department of Commerce will give a presentation titled, “Safeguarding Information Assets in the Digital Age.”  Sheldon will be discussing the tactics and results of recent e-mail phishing tests and a cybersecurity tabletop exercise in which a simulation of sensitive trade secret data housed at Commerce was hacked by outside third parties.
  • Open forum

Contact Us

Staff                                                                       Position                                                                               Phone Number
Jeanine Kuwik MBA, CPA - Internal Control & Accountability Director   651-201-8148      
Brennan Coatney   
Internal Control Specialist
651-201-8127
Travis Creel Internal Control Specialist 651-201-8078
Jo Kane MBA, CPA, CCSA - Internal Control Specialist 651-201-8174
Mike Thone CFE - Internal Control Specialist 651-201-8132
Internal Control & Accountability Group Email


If you have questions about the Internal Control & Accountability Unit Website, please contact: Brennan Coatney

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