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Lee Commissioners declare May International Internal Audit Awareness Month

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FORT MYERS, FLA. (May 4, 2021) – The Lee Board of County Commissioners issued a proclamation Tuesday declaring May International Internal Audit Awareness Month. The proclamation details the importance of the internal audit function, which is performed by the Clerk in county government.

“The Clerk’s internal audit function is key to protecting tax dollars and reducing risk of financial loss,” Doggett said. “Internal audit also helps ensure we are operating as efficiently as possible to best serve the public.”

The proclamation was accepted by Clerk Doggett and William D. Foster, the local chapter president of the Institute of Internal Auditors. Tim Parks, Chief Internal Audit Officer, and Tamera Anderson, Deputy Internal Audit Officer, from the Clerk’s Inspector General Department also accepted the proclamation.

Many organizations and businesses use internal auditors to identify ways to improve efficiencies and ensure adherence to policies and procedures. One way the Clerk’s Inspector General identifies fraud is through its hotline. If someone suspects fraud, waste, abuse, or financial mismanagement, they can call 239-337-7799 or submit and track tips at leeclerk.org/reportfraud.

The Clerk’s Inspector General is accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. and has been peer reviewed by the Association of Inspectors General. In addition, the office conducts audits in conformance with the Institute of Internal Auditor’s International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.

The Institute of Internal Auditors is the internal audit profession’s most widely recognized advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications. The institute also has a standard code of ethics for auditors.

Visit our Inspector General Department webpage for more information.