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GAO Green Book Compliance Academy - In-Person

GAO Green Book Compliance Academy - In-Person

A Practical Approach to A-123 Compliance Programs under the GAO Green Book Standards


Join us for a unique, interactive workshop that "walks you through" the latest update of the GAO Green Book which now conforms to the Internal Control Integrated Framework (COSO 2013). This training is focused on the current Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government as detailed in the GAO Green Book.


This 24 hour CPE course provides you with the tools to implement a compliance program that is consistent with the GAO Green Book. This compliance workshop is focused on the needs of the government entity that has to comply with the GAO Green Book. This program covers the Who - What - Why - Where - How to Control, the 17 principles presented, as well as the 52 attributes concerning compliance with the GAO Green Book.


Documentation is a necessary part of an effective internal control system under the GAO Green Book Standards and is required for the effective design, implementation, and operating effectiveness of the internal control system. To document an understanding of an entity's internal control, management may consider developing documents such as:

1. Policies and procedures manuals

2. Flowcharts

3. Narratives/Tables

4. Risk Control Matrices (RCM)

5. Project Management Office (PMO).

6. Control Self-Assessments

7. Mapping the key controls library to the 17 principles and 52 attributes

8. Gap Analysis.


This GAO Green Book internal control training course will provide each attendee with 24 CPE Event Hours (YB).


Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your understanding of the GAO Green Book and creating an internal control framework using it's guidance for a governmental organization.  Register now to gain valuable insights and techniques that will elevate your effectiveness in the implemention and assessment of internal controls created under the GAO Green Book criteria.

  • Details on Event Presentation

    The sessions will be as follows:

    Monday – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Tuesday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Wednesday - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Offered in-person in various cites each month on Monday-Wednesdays in sessions.

    We can schedule private events on your timetable for two or more attendees.

    NASBA Program Disclosure

    Program Level of Understanding: Basic

    Prerequisites: None

    Advance Preparation: None

    Delivery Format: Group Internet Based

    NASBA Field(s) of Study: Auditing, Information Technology

    CPE Credits: 24, based on 50 minutes of instruction per hour

  • CPE Event Highlights

    In this academy, we will cover important topics such as the GAO Green Book Context, COSO 2013 to the GAO Green Book, risk assessment, inventorying controls, policies vs procedures, root cause analysis, communication challenges, and much more.

    Our aim is to provide a deep understanding of GAO Green Book compliance and equip you with practical strategies to implement within your organization.

    The seminar reviews the following:

    • The Components of COSO framework
    • Logic behind the COSO Components
    • The structure used to describe the COSO Framework as used in the GAO Green Book
    • Principles present in the GAO Green Book Framework
    • The "Attributes" in the GAO Green Book vs the "Points of Focus" in COSO 2013
    • The importance of the "Attributes"
    • How to gage the effectiveness of internal controls
  • Learning Objectives

    By attending the GAO Green Book Compliance Academy, you will:

    • Define the "internal control framework" within your government organization
    • Successfully communicate the GAO Green Book standard and its documents to management
    • Position yourself for effective compliance planning in the next fiscal year to assess the internal controls
    • Work in sync with Uniform Administrative Rules Section 200.303
    • Identify gaps and shortcomings in the GAO Green Book compliance framework
  • Key Issues on the Agenda


    • The GAO Green Book Context
    • COSO 2013 to the GAO Green Book
    • Understanding the "Real" Risks
    • Dr. Deming's 14 Quality Concepts
    • Understanding the "Real" Risks
    • Dr. Kotter's Steps for Change


    • COSO Internal Control Framework
    • The GAO Green Book


    • Categories of Information Technology Controls
    • Information Technology Frameworks
    • COBIT 5.0
    • NIST Standards


    • Define Objectives and Risk Tolerances
    • Categorizing Your Controls
    • Assessment of the "Big Three"
    • Elements of the Federal Enterprise Model
    • Integration Mapping


    • Risk Assessment
    • Inventory Your GAO Green Book Controls
    • Policies vs Procedures
    • Maturity Model: Policy - Standard - Procedure
    • Continuous Improvement
    • Management by Walking Around
    • Proactive Root Cause Analyst
    • Control Self Assessments


    • Competence
    • The Facts
    • Monitoring and Analytics
    • Whistleblower Hotlines
    • Interviewing using the S.P.I.N. Methodology
    • Root Cause Analysis
    • Communication Challenges
    • Categories of Lies
    • Internal Control Reliability Model


    • Program Organization
    • GAO Green Book Program Management & Scope
    • Responsibilities of the Internal Control Team
    • Scope Management
    • Project Management Killers


    • Overall Assessment of a System of Internal Control
    • Points for Risk Management
    • Characteristics of ELC Documentation
    • IT General Controls Risk Assessment
    • Financial Statement Risk Assessment
    • Have you defined deficiencies?
    • Categories of "Control Deficiencies"
    • Defensive Strategy "Business Resilience"


    • Remediate and Re-Test
    • Types of Testing
    • Evaluate the Stages of "Control Effectiveness"
    • Testing Controls


  • Summary of the Subject Matter

    This CPE event titled "GAO Green Book Compliance Academy - In-Person" offers an in-depth exploration of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Green Book, focusing on compliance requirements and best practices applicable to federal agencies. This event provides crucial insights for professionals involved in ensuring adherence to the GAO Green Book standards within their organizations.

    Key areas covered in this event may include:

    • Overview of GAO Green Book: A comprehensive examination of the principles, standards, and guidelines outlined in the GAO Green Book, providing professionals with a clear understanding of its significance in the federal compliance landscape.

    • Internal Control Framework: Insights into the internal control framework prescribed by the GAO Green Book, emphasizing the components and criteria necessary for achieving effective, efficient, and compliant operations within federal agencies.

    • Risk Assessment and Mitigation: Guidance on conducting risk assessments, identifying vulnerabilities, and implementing mitigation strategies aligned with the GAO Green Book's requirements.

    • Compliance Monitoring and Reporting: Best practices for monitoring compliance with GAO Green Book standards and reporting on internal controls, aiming to ensure transparency and accountability in federal agency operations.

    • Implementation Considerations: Practical considerations for implementing GAO Green Book standards, addressing common challenges, and leveraging opportunities to streamline compliance efforts.

    By addressing these critical aspects, the CPE event aims to equip professionals with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate the complexities of the GAO Green Book, fostering a culture of compliance excellence and accountability within federal agencies.

  • Authoritative Sources

    After attending the CPE event focused on GAO Green Book Compliance Academy, it's crucial to further expand your knowledge by exploring authoritative sources in this domain. Here are relevant sources along with their web links:

    By leveraging these authoritative sources, attendees can enhance their knowledge and expertise in compliance and internal control standards as delineated in the GAO Green Book, thereby fostering a more comprehensive grasp of the subject matter.

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