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​​​​The Internal Audit Department is an independent administrative unit operating internally within the Illinois State Board of Education organization. The purpose of ISBE’s Internal Audit D​epartment is to provide independent, objective assurance and consulting services designed to add value and improve the agency's operations, delivery of state educational services, and ensure compliance with rules and regulations. The mission of Internal Audit is to enhance and protect organizational value by providing risk-based and objective assurance, advice, and insight.​​

 Authority and Reporting Structure

ISBE is required by the Fiscal Control and Internal Auditing Act (FCIAA) to maintain a full time program of internal auditing. ISBE's Internal Audit Department is led by the Internal Audit Officer who reports directly to the State Superintendent and the Board.

 Professional Standards

The work performed by Internal Audit is subject to professional auditing standards promulgated by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the State of Illinois State Internal Audit Advisory Board (SIAAB).


 Coordination of External Audits

Internal Audit ​acts as ISBE's organizational liaison for external audit engagements of the agency. The Department works with federal auditors and special assistant auditors of the Illinois Office of the Auditor General to facilitate and coordinate external audit activities. For example, the annual Statewide Single audit, annual financial audit, and biennial compliance audit are performed by the Illinois Office of the Auditor General and are available on the their website: Office of the Auditor General - Statewide Single Audit, Office of the Auditor General - ​ISBE Audit Reports​.

 Department Listing

Name Position
Tassi Maton, CPA, CIA Internal Audit Officer
Christie Easton Administrative Assistant III
Sally Burton Internal Auditor III
Stephanie Holthaus, CIA
Internal Auditor III​​​​​
Victor Neeplo, CISA
Internal Auditor III​​​​​
Matt Ulmer, CFE
Internal Auditor III​​​​
Stephanie Gonzalez
Internal Auditor I​​​​​​​

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