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About Internal Control and Accountability

The Internal Control & Accountability (ICA) Unit is committed to promoting effective and efficient state government through well designed approaches to the five components of an internal control structure. Each member of the team offers a wide variety of audit, internal control, and financial service experience within state government and private sector.  The ICA Unit is available to assist executive branch state agencies on internal control related matters, audit findings, and the Annual Internal Control System Certification.

Josh Botnen (Finance Services Director) - joined state government in 2011 with the Department of Revenue and worked as a Corporate Franchise Tax Auditor, training coordinator, and internal auditor. Josh joined ICA unit in March 2018, was redeployed to the COVID-19 Response Accountability Office in June 2020, and returned to ICA in September 2022. Josh holds a master's in business administration from Metropolitan State University and bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of MInnesota-Duluth. Josh is a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Professional Continuity Practitioner. 

Jake Rossow (Internal Control Specialist) - joined state government with the Department of Revenue in 2011 as an Individual Income Tax Auditor, and joined the ICA Unit in October 2016. Prior to state government, Jake was a banker in the private sector and graduated from the University of River Falls with a degree in business administration.

Kris Schutta (Internal Control Specialist) - joined state government with the Office of Legislative Auditor in October 2016 as a Financial Auditor, and joined the ICA Unit in December 2021. Prior to state government, Kris worked in various capacities in the private sector including internal audit, finance and inventory accounting. Kris graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in business administration. 

Paul Olson (Internal Control Specialist) - joined state government with the Attorney General's Office in 2015 as a Financial Analyst, and joined the ICA Unit in 2023. Paul has worked in various capacities in state government since 2015 including internal audit and tax auditing. Paul graduated from Saint Cloud State University where he majored in finance and accounting.

Beth Brickle (Internal Control Specialist) - joined state government with Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) in 2005 as an Employer Service Representative in the Account Information Management division. Beth joined the ICA unit in May 2023 and completed the Strategic Effectiveness for Aspiring Leaders (SEAL) program the same month. Prior to joining the ICA unit, Beth was a grant accountant and a member of the Finance and Budget Equity Team at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). Additionally, Beth has worked in accounting for the Department of Natural Resources and Board of Water and Soil Resources. Beth holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

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