Mission Statement

The Office of Internal Audit is committed to assisting the School Board and members of management to effectively discharge their responsibilities while providing a World-Class Education.

Vision Statement

We strive to serve as an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve operations of Prince William County Public Schools by providing high quality internal audit services recognized by our customers and our peers for innovation, the integrity of our audit work, and the quality of our reports. The Office of Internal Audit strives to assist Prince William County Public Schools in accomplishing its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluating the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes. We are committed to promoting teamwork in a diverse workforce.

Description

The Office of Internal Audit provides financial and performance audit services to the School Board and the Superintendent. Internal auditing is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve operations. It provides a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.

Objectives and Responsibilities

The overall objective of the Office of Internal Audit is to assist all members of the PWCS administration and the School Board in the effective discharge of their responsibilities by providing them with objective analyses, appraisals, recommendations, and pertinent audit comments concerning the following activities:

  • Reviewing and appraising the soundness, adequacy, and application of accounting for financial and other operating controls;
  • Promoting an effective system of internal controls at a reasonable cost;
  • Determining that assets are accounted for and controls are in place to minimize losses;
  • Ascertaining the reliability of financial data;
  • Recommending operating improvements;
  • Determining whether a department or program is achieving its mission, goals, and objectives in an effective manner;
  • Assessing compliance with internal policies and procedures as well as local, state, and federal laws; and
  • Providing sufficient follow-up on audit findings to determine the degree of implementation of audit recommendations. Standards of Practice The Office of Internal Audit follows the Institute of Internal Auditors’ standards. Reporting Responsibilities The School Board established the Office of Internal Audit, which reports directly to the Internal Audit Committee and through the Internal Audit Committee to the School Board. The Audit Committee consists of three members, including two members of the School Board and the Associate Superintendent for Finance and Support Services.


Links & Info


Reporting a Fraud

Internal Audit Committee

Audit Plans:

2020 Audit Plan (PDF) 

2019 Audit Plan (PDF)

2018 Audit Plan (PDF)

2017 Audit Plan (PDF)

2016 Audit Plan (PDF) 

2015 Audit Plan (PDF)





 

In accordance with the Institute of Internal Auditors’ “International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing,” the Annual Internal Audit plan is a risk-based plan that includes input from the Internal Audit Committee, the Superintendent, and senior management. The plan addresses high risk areas, critical issues, and programs that are of interest to the School Board and management.

 

Contact

Gary R. Maness, CIA, CISA, CGFM
Office of Internal Audit
Prince William County Public Schools
P.O. Box 389
Manassas, Va 20108

Phone: 703.791.8991
Fax: 703.791.7471