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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.


  • Annual Internal Control Certification Due 7-31-15.  The law requires all executive branch agency heads to certify annually that they have evaluated their agency's internal control systems.  Visit the Annual Internal Control system Certification webpage to learn more about the requirements of the certification. 
  • Now Available - Updated Guide to Risk Assessment and Control Activities.  The Guide to Risk Assessment and Control Activities was edited for plain language and compliance with Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government (Green Book).  If you have any questions about the updates made or the Guide, please contact Jo Kane at 

Upcoming Events

8/13/15 Internal Control Roundtable Meeting:

The MMB Internal Control & Accountability Unit will host a meeting of the Internal Control Roundtable on Thursday, August 13, 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 Tom Barrett, Executive Director (GCB) on the Gambling Control Board’s internal control philosophy, risk assessment plan and control environment self-assessment methodology.
  • Open forum

Annual Roundtable Member Social Luncheon immediately following at Joseph's Restaurant

Contact Us

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