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Maxene Bardwell, CPA, CIA
Internal Audit Manager
As a cornerstone of strong governance, the internal auditing activity bridges the gap between management and the board, assesses the ethical climate and the effectiveness and efficiency of operations, and serves as an organization’s safety net for compliance with rules, regulations, and overall best business practices.
The internal audit activity is dedicated, independent, and effective in assisting both management and the oversight body (the Commissioners) in fulfilling their responsibilities by bringing a systematic disciplined approach to assessing the effectiveness of the design and execution of the system of internal controls and risk management processes. The objective assessment of internal controls and risk management processes by the internal audit activity provides management, the oversight body, and external stakeholders with independent assurance that the organization's risks have been appropriately mitigated. Because internal auditors are experts in understanding organizational risks and internal controls available to mitigate these risks, they assist management in understanding these topics and provide recommendations for improvements.
Due to our unique and objective perspective, in-depth organizational knowledge, and application of sound audit and consulting principles, we are well positioned to provide valuable support and assurance to the WSSC and its oversight entities.