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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.


  • Internal Control Roundtable: The May Internal Control Roundtable meeting minutes are now available.
  • New Internal Control Bulletin: The May Internal Control Bulletin, titled "Is Maintaining Internal Control Systems Like Yardwork?," is now available. 
  • May is designated as Internal Audit Awareness Month. Internal auditing provides (1) Assurance that the organization is operating as management intends. (2) Insight for improving controls, processes, procedures, performance, and risk management. (3) Objective assessments of operations. Thank you to all of the state’s internal auditors!
  • 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 All prior versions are officially rescinded and should no longer be used.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

8/4/2016 Internal Control Roundtable Meeting:

Vicky Baukol, Business Continuity and Internal Controls Manager for the Minnesota Department of Corrections will host the meeting. The meeting will be held from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the Department of Corrections central office located at 1450 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul MN 55108.

Free parking is available. Attendees should park on the west side of the building, enter through the west entrance, and go to the right. There will be signs posted inside the building directing you to the training room.

Meeting agenda:

  • Lisa Wojcik, DOC Assistant Commissioner of Operations, will give a presentation about DOC's staff professionalism initiative, "From Check Boxes to Videos - How to Use Internal Controls and Risk Assessment to Create a Culture of Professionalism." This initiative is the direct result of a risk assessment performed by the agency.
  • Open forum

Contact Us

Staff                                                                       Position                                                                               Phone Number
Jeanine Kuwik MBA, CPA - Internal Control & Accountability Director   651-201-8148      
Brennan Coatney   
Internal Control Specialist
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