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Software-aided audit method helps detect accounting fraud

This article was recently accepted for publication in Six Sigma Forum. It demonstrates the use of IDEA for data analytics and its value as a new tool for Six Sigma Black Belts. The paper emphasizes the value of working with large data populations in situations where the exceptions may be the significant events.


This article is scheduled for publication in Six Sigma Forum Magazine in November 2017 

Data Analytics

ASQ Audit SIG - May 2017

Scott Jones delivered a presentation at the May DFW ASQ Audit Special Interest Group meeting entitled “Accelerating Your Time to Audit Insights with Data Analytics” by Scott Jones, CIA, CRMA, of Key Performance Initiatives, Inc. The objectives of the presentation were to answer the following questions: 

  • What is Internal Audit?
  • Why do we use data analytics?
  • How do you begin a data analytics audit?
  • What will data analytic software do for me?

Download the slides: https://app.box.com/s/9enarapk7jgfmf2gri3vh64becsbsiwt 

Finding the Right Data in 3 Easy Steps

You've got your audit objective in hand and are ready to go with your data analytics tool. Unfortunately, like many auditors, you can't get your hands on the data you need to get started.  In this webinar, presenter Scott Jones, CIA, CRMA, will show you how to identify, obtain and verify the data you need to achieve your audit objectives in just three steps.  During this webinar you will learn: 

  • Where can you find the right data 
  • How to develop a data request 
  • How to verify the integrity of the data 

View the recording of this AuditNet webinar at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv1VIo8LpBQ 

Accelerating Time to Insights

IIA International Conference July 2016

A random sample may not provide sufficient information to find indicators of fraud, noncompliance, or other exceptional events. Data analytics, powered by modern software, can accelerate the auditor’s time to insight into the exceptional events hidden in audit data. By combining simple unit operations, the auditor can develop procedures that will highlight the red flag indicators of fraud, allowing the auditor to focus resources on the high risk transactions. 

Fort Worth IIA Seminar October 2016

This was a half day seminar that expanded the concepts presented in July at the IIA International Conference. Part 1 of the seminar demonstrated the basic analytical tools in IDEA and how to use them to identify "red flag" indicators of fraud in a fictional case study. Part 2 demonstrated how IDEA integrates efficiently with Minicab to perform advanced statistical techniques to gain additional insight into the population of data.

Dallas IDEA Users Group December 2016

Demonstration of the use of the tools provided by IDEA for identifying red flags of fraud in a fictional case study. Shows how use of the entire population enables the user to find multiple indicators that point to high risk vendors for further investigation.

Other Presentations

Alias Smith & Jones - Unmasking the Outlaws with IDEA

IIA Dallas/UT Dallas Fraud Summit 2012

 This presentation demonstrated the the value of Computer Aided Audit Techniques, introduced the concept of unit operations in data analytics, and demonstrated the power and efficiency of IDEA for data analytics. Co-presented with Scott Smith of Audimation. 


Partnering in a Global Organization

Conference on Quality in the Space & Defense Industries - 2007

This presentation was part of a panel discussion on "The Global Element" in space and defense. It describes how EFW and its parent, Elbit Systems, Ltd. work together across national boundaries to bring innovative electronic solutions to the aerospace and defense sectors. 

Performance Excellence and the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria

APICS - 2003 & 2005

This presentation which was presented to both the Dallas and Fort Worth APICS chapters is an an overview of the Texas Award for Performance Excellence and the role it can play in improvement of business systems.It recommends the Texas Award for Performance Excellence as a first step toward the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Earlier Publications

Hazardous Materials

Cargo New? Here’s What to Do,  Marine Safety Newsletter, United States Coast Guard, Houston, TX, (undated, ca. 1985), p. 1.    

What Constitutes an Inert Atmosphere?, Proceedings of the Marine Safety Council, CG-129, vol. 38, no. 9, December 1981, pp. 240 – 241.  

Chemical Engineering

Determination of a Mean Particle Size for Noncatalytic Diffusion-Reaction Modeling, AIChE Annual Meeting, November, 1981.   

Noncatalytic Fluid-Solid Reaction in an Agitated Slurry of Polydisperse Particles, Chemical Engineering Science, v. 36, pp. 1841-1848, 1981.

A Solution Technique for Noncatalytic Diffusion-Reaction Models, Chemical Engineering Science, v. 34, pp. 1387-1392, 1979.  

Federal Rulemaking

Safety Rules for Self-Propelled Vessels Carrying Hazardous Liquids and Bulk Liquefied Gases, NPRM CGD 81-052, 46 CFR, Parts 1, 153, 154. Federal Register, vol. 47, no. 90, Monday, May 10, 1982, pp. 20084 – 20089. 

Aviation

Hold Up There!, The Flying Physician, vol. 31, no. 2, June 1988, pp.3 – 7.