Audit Process

The audit process is generally a ten-step procedure as outlined below:

1. Notification
2. Planning
3. Opening Meeting
4. Fieldwork
5. Communication
6. Report Drafting
7. Management Response
8. Closing Meeting
9. Report Distribution
10. Follow-up



First, you will receive a letter to inform you of an upcoming audit. The auditor will send you a preliminary checklist of required documents. This is a list of documents (e.g. organization charts, financial statements) that will help the auditor learn about your unit before planning the audit. Additionally, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire regarding current practices within the division.


After reviewing the information, the auditor will plan the review, conduct an engagement risk assessment, draft an audit plan, and schedule an opening meeting.

Opening Meeting

The opening meeting should include Finance Office staff, division chief, division manager and any administrative staff that may be involved in the audit. During this meeting, the scope of the audit will be discussed. You should feel free to ask the auditors to review areas that you are concerned about. The time frame of the audit will be determined, and you should discuss any potential timing issues (e.g. vacations, deadlines) that could impact the audit.


After the opening meeting, the auditor will finalize the audit plan and begin fieldwork. Fieldwork typically consists of talking with staff, reviewing procedure manuals, learning about your business processes, testing for compliance with applicable department, CWRU and UH policies and procedures and laws and regulations, and assessing the adequacy of internal controls. You should make your staff aware that the auditor will be scheduling meetings with them.


Throughout the process, the auditor will keep you informed, and you will have an opportunity to discuss issues noted and the possible solutions.

Report Drafting

After the fieldwork is completed, the auditor will draft a report. The report consists of several sections and includes: the distribution list, the follow-up date, a general overview of your unit, the scope of the audit, any major audit concerns, the overall conclusion, and detailed commentary describing the findings and recommended solutions. You should read the draft report carefully to make sure there are no errors. If you find a mistake, inform the auditor right away so that it can be corrected before the final report is issued.

Management Response

Once the report is finalized, we will request your management responses. The response consists of 3 components: whether you agree or disagree with the problem, your action plan to correct the problem, and the expected completion date.

Closing Meeting

A closing meeting will be held so that everyone can discuss the audit report and review your management responses. This is an opportunity to discuss how the audit went and any remaining issues.

Report Distribution

The report is then distributed to the department leadership, division chief and the division manager.


Follow-up reviews are performed on an issue-by-issue basis and typically occur shortly after the expected completion date, so that agreed-upon corrective actions can be implemented. The purpose of the follow-up is to verify that you have implemented the agreed-upon corrective actions. The auditor will interview staff, perform tests, or review new procedures to perform the verification. You will then receive a letter from the auditor indicating whether you have satisfactorily corrected all problems or whether further actions are necessary.