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FY 2020 Training Program Descriptions

The Training Institute of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.NASBAregistry.org.

Audit Peer Review (APR):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
February 19, 2020 Washington, D.C. $0 APR-2001
February 20, 2020 Washington, D.C. $0 APR-2002
August 19, 2020 Washington, D.C. $0 APR-2003
August 20, 2020 Washington, D.C. $0 APR-2004

Program Description: CIGIE developed the Guide for Conducting External Peer Reviews of the Audit Organizations of Federal Offices of Inspector (CIGIE Audit Peer Review Guide) to help ensure member compliance with Government Auditing Standards (Yellow Book). Those standards require agencies performing audits undergo external peer reviews at least once every three years. This training program highlights the key aspects of the CIGIE Guide and is delivered to coincide with CIGIE’s approved audit peer review schedule.

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn how to perform an external peer review using the CIGIE Audit Peer Review Guide as a reference. Specifically, participants are exposed to the process of planning, conducting, and reporting the results of a peer review through discussions and exercises. Participant reference materials include examples from past peer reviews and helpful checklists for reviewers.

Recommended Attendees: This class is ONLY open to those CIGIE-member audit staff or managers (regardless of level) directly involved in conducting an upcoming external peer review of a CIGIE member or those receiving a review per the CIGIE peer review schedule. Registration information will be sent to the training officer(s) at the scheduled OIGs in advance of the training (per the peer review schedule). Staff from non-CIGIE member offices may NOT attend this training program.

Instructional Delivery: 1 day; group live.

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation: Participants should review the CIGIE Audit Peer Review Guide prior to attending class.

CPE: 8.0 (Auditing-Governmental)

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Coaching Effective Writing (CEW):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
January 22-23, 2020 Washington, D.C. $525 CEW-2001
May 27-28, 2020 Washington, D.C. $525 CEW-2002
July 29, 2020      CEW-CoP
       

Program Description: Supervisors provide feedback to their staff on written products to ensure compliance with CIGIE (Quality Standards for Federal Offices of Inspector General) and other standards, such as Government Auditing Standards and Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation, and Quality Standards for Investigations. Supervisors, however, often spend more time rewriting documents than coaching their subordinates on how to write acceptable drafts.

Learning Objectives: Through this advanced-level training program, participants will discover their own writing style and personal preferences to understand why they make changes. Then they learn strategies to more effectively deliver feedback to staff explaining the underlying reasons why changes were needed. Over time, receiving quality feedback should enable staff to submit better written drafts that require less review time. Participants have the opportunity, after completing the two-day class, to attend a half-day community of practice (CoP) session to share document review strategies and lessons learned from coaching staff.

Recommended Attendees: All supervisory or managerial-level professionals (including auditors, inspectors, evaluators and investigators) who review draft documents would benefit from this class.

Instructional Delivery: 2 days; group live.

Prerequisites: Attendees are encouraged to attend Planning, Organizing, and Writing Effective Reports before this training program.

Advanced Preparation: Prior to attending the class, participants must complete brief reading and writing assignments that will be distributed after participants are registered. Such assignments will be distributed to participants once registered.  Participants are required to bring writing samples with them to class. These writing samples should be from their staff members and include the participants “before-and-after” review comments and/or staff member drafts that the participants have yet to review.

CPE: 13.0 (Communications and Marketing)

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Critical Thinking Skills (CTS):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
October 8-10, 2019 Washington, D.C. $600 CTS-2001
February 11-13, 2020 Washington, D.C. $600 CTS-2002
April 28-30, 2020 Washington, D.C. $600 CTS-2003
August 20-22, 2019 Washington, D.C. $600 CTS-2004

Program Description: Quality Standards for Federal Offices of Inspector General identify critical thinking skills as a core competency. All CIGIE-member staff should possess the skills to logically collect and process information in conducting their work. This overview-level training program enables participants to better understand how and why they think, as well as recognize the barriers that prevent them from thinking more clearly, making better informed decisions, and taking more effective actions.

Learning Objectives: Through this highly interactive class, participants practice a variety of good thinking concepts that can be applied in conducting their daily work. Specifically, participants will able to use the elements of reasoning; apply Socratic questioning; distinguish between problem solving and decision making; and detect logical fallacies.

Recommended Attendees: All CIGIE professionals, including auditors, inspectors, evaluators, and investigators, who want to improve their job performance by sharpening their mental skills and problem solving abilities should attend this class.

Instructional Delivery: 3 days; group live.

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation: Participants must complete a thinking style self-assessment and provide a real-life example of when better critical thinking skills could have been used. Instructions will be provided to all registered participants in advance of the class.

CPE: 21.0 (Auditing –Governmental [14.0] and Communications and Marketing [7.0])

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Inspection and Evaluation Learning Programs:

The CIGIE Training Institute has been working closely with the I&E community and very experienced I&E SMEs to develop two new performance-based learning programs that it will pilot in late calendar year.  One pilot targets new/less experienced I&E professionals and the other more experienced I&E professionals.  Both will be live, instructor-led offerings but in a virtual environment. The classes will be integrated with extensive performance support resources accessible during class and online post class.  The classes are expected to be far more impactful learning experiences with measurably increased on-the-job performance and greater accessibility. Upon completion of the pilot evaluation phase, the Audit, Inspection and Evaluation Academy will update its training schedule to reflect the new programs offerings.

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I&E Peer Review (IEPR):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
January 28, 2020 Washington, D.C. $0 IEPR-2001
July 8, 2020 Washington, D.C. $0 IEPR-2002

Program Description: CIGIE developed the Guide for Conducting Peer Reviews of Inspection and Evaluation Organizations of Federal Offices of Inspector General (CIGIE I&E Peer Review Guide) to help ensure member compliance with Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation (Blue Book). This overview-level training program highlights the key aspects of the CIGIE Guide and is delivered to coincide with CIGIE’s approved I&E peer review schedule.

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn how to perform a peer review using the CIGIE I&E Peer Review Guide as a reference. Specifically, participants will understand the process of how to plan, perform, and report the results of a peer review through discussions and exercises.

Recommended Attendees: This training program is only open to CIGIE-member I&E staff who will be participating in a peer review during this fiscal year. OIGs will be contacted prior to the start of each peer review cycle and asked to identify the team member or point of contact from their organization who will be involved in the upcoming review. Instructions will be sent to those identified OIG staff in advance of the training.  If your OIG is not involved in conducting or receiving an upcoming peer review during the year, you cannot register to attend the training. Staff from non-CIGIE member offices may NOT attend this training program.

Instructional Delivery: 1 day; group live

Prerequisites: None.

Advanced Preparation: Prior to attending training, participants should review the Guide for Conducting Peer Reviews of Inspection and Evaluation Organizations of Federal Offices of Inspector General.

CPE: 7.0 (Specialized Knowledge)

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IG Authorities (IGA):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
February 25-26, 2020 Washington, D.C. $250 IGA-2001
August 25-26, 2020 Washington, D.C. $250 IGA-2002

Program Description: The Inspector General Reform Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-409) established CIGIE as an independent entity within the executive branch. CIGIE comprises all Inspectors General (IGs) whose offices are established under section 2 or section 8G of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.), those that are Presidentially appointed/Senate-confirmed and those that are appointed by agency heads (designated federal entities).  These laws impose certain requirements on federal IGs and afford them discretionary authorities to fulfill their duties. This interactive class is taught by attorney instructors from within the CIGIE community and includes discussions on the authorities available, such as under the IG Empowerment Act of 2016, to IG staff that conduct audits, inspections, evaluations, and investigations.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this training program, participants will understand the:

  • Purpose and general framework of the IG Act of 1978, as amended;
  • Mandatory obligations and discretional authorities afforded to OIGs under the IG Act, as well as limitations and restrictions on those authorities;
  • Importance of IG independence and what it means in practice; and
  • Dual reporting role of OIGs and the challenges and opportunities it presents in conducting oversight.

Recommended Attendees: Auditors, inspectors, evaluators, investigators, attorneys, and mission-support personnel at all grade levels should attend this overview-level training program to better understand what mandatory and discretionary authorities they have in conducting work in their respective IG offices.

Instructional Delivery: 1.5 days; group live.

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation: None

CPE: 9.5 (Business Law)

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Introductory Auditor (IA):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
December 3-11, 2019 Washington, D.C. $775 IA-2001
March 10-18, 2020 Washington, D.C. $775 IA-2002
June 2-10, 2020 Washington, D.C. $775 IA-2003
September 15-23, 2020 Washington, D.C. $775 IA-2004
       

Program Description: To effectively perform their work, auditors need to know and apply Government Auditing Standards (Yellow Book). In this basic training program, participants will learn how to implement Yellow Book standards in conducting daily work by participating in an audit case study and a variety of interactive team exercises.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this basic-level program, participants will be able to:

  • Develop and plan a specific audit objective;
  • Identify types of fraud, attributes of a fraud, and fraud indicators;
  • Apply the evidence standards to identify the types of evidence;
  • Analyze and document collected evidence;
  • Conduct an audit interview;
  • Draft a quality audit report segment; and
  • Employ best practices for verbally communicating audit results.

Recommended Attendees: Auditors with less than six months of experience in the federal Inspector General community and those who have limited experience in conducting federal government or performance audits in accordance with Government Auditing Standards should attend this training program. This training program is not designed for inspection and evaluation professionals who conduct work under CIGIE’s Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation (Blue Book). This training program is not recommended for non-auditors.

Instructional Delivery: 7 days; group live.

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation: Prior to attending class, participants should review the Yellow Book as well prepare a brief, informal presentation on their respective OIG to share with fellow participants. More detailed information will be provided to registered participants in advance of the training program.

CPE: 48.0 (Auditing-Governmental [35.0] and Communications and Marketing [13.0])

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Intermediate Auditor (IMA):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
January 13-17, 2020 Washington, D.C. $575 IMA-2001
March 9-13, 2020 Washington, D.C. $575 IMA-2002
June 1-5, 2020 Washington, D.C. $575 IMA-2003
       

Program Description: As auditors progress in their career, they need to gain additional experience and take on greater responsibility for managing work and resources in conducting performance audits in compliance with Government Auditing Standards. This training program provides opportunities for participants to develop and practice new auditing skills.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of the intermediate-level program, participants will be able to:

  • identify and implement the requirements for adequate audit planning,
  • answer audit objectives in accordance with standards,
  • document the audit processes and results,
  • manage audit resources needed to complete the work,
  • develop audit findings and results that flow from the audit objectives,
  • convey the audit message to stakeholders,
  • apply quality control processes to check the accuracy of audit work,
  • follow-up on the status of outstanding audit recommendations and management responses, and
  • work as part of audit team to successfully complete audit assignments.

Recommended Attendees: Auditors with at least two years of experience in the federal Inspector General community who conduct government performance audits in accordance with Government Auditing Standards should attend this training program. Those not conducting audit work in accordance with Yellow Book standards should not attend.

Instructional Delivery: 5 days; instructor group live.

Prerequisites: Auditors with a minimum of two years of audit experience in the federal Inspector General community who are poised to take on greater responsibilities within their organizations and advance to becoming auditors-in-charge.

Advanced Preparation: None

CPE: 35.0 (Auditing-Governmental [33.0] and Communications and Marketing [2.0])

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Planning, Organizing, and Writing Effective Reports (POWER):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
November 6-7, 2019 Washington, D.C. $450 POWER-2001
February 4-5, 2020 Washington, D.C. $450 POWER-2002
June 3-4, 2020 Washington, D.C. $450 POWER-2003
August 11-12, 2020 Washington, D.C. $450 POWER-2004

Program Description: Reports are the key work product of an Office of Inspector General. Whatever your role as an IG employee – an auditor, evaluator, inspector or investigator – getting your message across to the intended audience is essential. This training course uses case studies and practical exercises to stress the importance of planning, organizing, and writing a quality report with the reader in mind. 

Learning Objectives: Through this intermediate-level course, participants will learn practical strategies to plan and write effective OIG reports. Content includes:

  • Knowing your audience.
  • Planning for an effective report.
  • Getting ready to write.
  • Organizing for an effective report.
  • Writing the report.

Recommended Attendees: Intermediate-level auditors, inspectors, evaluators, and investigators should attend this training program. Other CIGIE-member professionals involved in the report writing process may also benefit from the training program.

Instructional Delivery: 2 days; instructor group live.

Prerequisites: Participants should have experience in drafting OIG reports.

Advanced Preparation: Participants are encouraged to complete Writing Fundamentals or its equivalent before attending this training program.

CPE: 14.5 (Communications and Marketing)

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Writing Fundamentals (WF):

Dates Location Tuition Class Number
April 21-22, 2020 Washington, D.C. $500 WF-2001

Program Description: CIGIE’s Quality Standards for Federal Offices of Inspector General and other professional standards, require that writing be accurate, clear, complete, concise, convincing, objective, and timely. 

Learning Objectives: Through this basic-level class, participants will learn and/or review basics such as grammar, rules of English, and writing mechanics through various individual and class exercises. Program content includes the functions of clauses and phrases in sentences, usage of active and passive voice, punctuation, subject verb agreement, and spelling. Participants will also learn techniques for helping to organize their thoughts in preparation for drafting documents.

Recommended Attendees: Entry-level (or any level) CIGIE professionals should attend to improve or refresh their writing skills.

Delivery Method: 2 days; instructor group live.

Prerequisites: None.

Advanced Preparation: None.

CPE: 14.5 (Communications and Marketing)

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