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Internal Audits

Who We Are

The mission of the internal audit function is to help the State Board of Education (SBE), Oregon Department of Education (ODE), and the Early Learning and Youth Development divisions accomplish their objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes. The internal audit function fulfills this purpose by engaging in independent, objective audit activities that comply with generally accepted government auditing standards. Work done in accordance with these standards can provide information that facilitates improved government operations, better decision-making and oversight, and greater transparency and accountability.

The ethical principles that guide the work of the internal audit function include the public interest, integrity, objectivity, professional behavior, and proper use of government information, resources, and position. More information can be found in the Internal Audit Charter document.

Summaries of Results From Recent Projects

State Board of Education Audit Committee

The SBE Audit Committee consists of at least one member of the State Board of Education, two members of management from the Oregon Department of Education, and five external members.

ODE Audit Committee Members

  • Chair: Lori Sattenspiel, Oregon School Boards Association
  • Vice Chair: David Terry, Director of Internal Audit, Portland State University
  • Stephen March, County Auditor, Multnomah County
  • Jerome Colonna, State Board of Education
  • Ozzie Rose, Education Advocate
  • Brian Nava, Internal Auditor, Clackamas County
  • Cindy Hunt, Chief of Staff/ODE
  • Kai Turner, OFIT Assistant Superintendent/ODE 

As outlined in its charter, the two primary purposes of the Audit Committee are enhancing agency risk management activities and assuring the independence and quality of the internal audit function.

Oregon Administrative Rules require that ODE annually submit a report of internal audit activities. That report is part of DAS annual report to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.