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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.


  • Fraud Awareness & Prevention Week: The Internal Control & Accountability Unit together with the statewide Internal Control Roundtable is sponsoring the second annual Fraud Awareness and Prevention Week in the State of Minnesota, November 15 - 21, 2015.  The primary objectives of this effort are to increase fraud awareness among the state's 77 executive branch agencies, and to encourage individual employees to report any suspicious behaviors they see in the workplace.  Additional information to come, along with a full list of Fraud Awareness and Prevention Week activities, so stay tuned!  If you or your agency would like to participate in Fraud Awareness & Prevention Week or would like more information, please contact Mike Thone or Brennan Coatney
  • New GAO Framework for Managing Fraud Risks in Federal Programs: The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released A Framework for Managing Fraud Risks in Federal Programs .  This is a companion to the Green Book Internal Control Framework.

Upcoming Events

9/17/15 Internal Control Roundtable Meeting:

Stephanie Ousdigian, Chief Internal Auditor  – Minnesota State Retirement System will host a meeting of the Internal Control Roundtable on Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  The meeting will be held at the Minnesota State Retirement System, 60 Empire Drive, St. Paul, MN 55103, in Room 106.  

Meeting Agenda:

  • Panel presentation on the inter-relationship between business continuity and internal controls.  The panel will include, Vicky Baukol – Business Continuity & Internal Controls Manager (DOC), Sheldon Klugman – Internal Controls Director (COMM), David Wulff – Business Continuity Lead (MN.IT), and Jeanine Kuwik – Internal Control & Accountability Director (MMB)
  • Open forum

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