Meeting the Needs of Internal Audit in the Public Sector

I started off my career as a consultant for a major consulting firm, working in their Public Sector practice.  At the time, I was fresh out of college – so the unique challenges of working in the public sector weren’t something that I noticed.  It was all that I had experienced in my career to that point.

Looking back on it, I have a much better appreciation for those challenges.

Internal Audit in the Public Sector

It stands to reason, based on that experience, that the Internal Audit function in the public sector has needs that are unique from that of the private sector.  With that in mind, the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) has created a special committee to create guidance and address issues faced by public sector internal auditors.  They have published a number of resources on the IIA website specifically for auditors in the public sector.

policyIQ Offers Unique Advantages to Public Sector Clients

Among our policyIQ clients are a number of public sector organizations – federal, state and local – who have found that policyIQ offers some unique advantages in their audit organizations.

1.) Cost Effective and Scalable

Budgets are tight everywhere, but public sector organizations are often tasked with doing more with less every year.  Because policyIQ offers a cost effective, subscription model, it fits into the budget year after year.

And because policyIQ can be expanded to be used for many different types of content and data management needs, it allows an organization to get more for their money.

2.) Easy to Implement, with No IT Resources Needed

If you think it is difficult to get time scheduled with your IT department, try scheduling time with an overtaxed IT group for a government agency.  policyIQ allows an audit team to move ahead, without being held up by bottlenecks in their IT resources.

3.) Flexible

While it might seem to most of us like nothing ever changes in our governmental agencies, the truth is that the ground shifts quite a bit when it comes to how the public sector is required to operate.  As elections come and go, so do top level managers with their own ideas about how to do things in the best way.  policyIQ’s flexible configuration allows the organization to update their process, the way that they capture data, and the scope of their audit work, with little to no time and money investment in those changes.

4.) User Friendly

Let’s face it – no one has time to sit down in hours of training.  policyIQ keeps things simple, so that users can easily learn how the use the application “on the job”, with training, online help, and live support available when they need it.


We’d love to hear from some of our public sector clients.  What makes policyIQ an effective tool for your team?


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About Chris Burd

Chris is the Vice President of the policyIQ group at RGP. She gets geeky about compliance and technology, and gets to spend every day working at the crossroads of the two. With policyIQ since 2005, Chris has worked with hundreds of policyIQ clients to implement technology and enhance their internal compliance environment. In past lives, Chris worked as a system implementation consultant, a e-commerce specialist, a customer service call center manager, and - for one short but memorable summer during high school - a machine operator on midnight shift in a plastics factory. In her free time, she spoils her nieces, reads too many books, and spends more time than she should taking photos of her cats. She's on a mission to visit the hometown of every US President - so far managing to get to 14. She would like to be a rock star when she grows up.

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