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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

  • 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!

Upcoming Events

2/26/15 Internal Control Roundtable Meeting:

The MMB Internal Control & Accountability Unit will host a meeting of the Internal Control Roundtable on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155, in the ground floor Ladyslipper Conference Room.

Meeting Agenda:

  • Presentation by David Salchow, Internal Auditor (ADM) on SWIFT security access privileges, role conflicts, conflict mitigation, risk acceptance, and the integration of these into agency controls documentation.
  • 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
Heidi Henry
CCSA - 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: Heidi Henry

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