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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.


  • 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 Team Member: The Internal Control and Accountability Unit is pleased to introduce our newest team member, Travis Creel.  Travis brings a wealth of experience and skill from his background in both state government and the financial sector. Welcome to the team, Travis!   

Upcoming Events

3/3/16 Internal Control Roundtable Meeting:

Vicky Cook, Internal Controls Coordinator (MPCA)  will host a meeting of the Internal Control Roundtable on Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road North, St. Paul, MN 55155, in conference room 100.  Visitor security check-in and vehicle license plate registration is required upon entering the building.  Free parking is available in the adjacent lot north of the building.

Meeting Agenda:

  • Presentation by Vicky Cook, Internal Controls Coordinator (MPCA), on the MPCA Not Public Data Protection project.  Vicky will discuss the methodologies used by her agency to develop and implement a Not Public Data (NPD) protection policy, perform an inventory of existing NPD processes and controls, and develop an implementation plan for necessary process changes.
  • 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