The Audit & Compliance department is to provide independent, objective assurance and consulting services designed to add value and improve the operations of the DeKalb County School District. The audit and compliance department helps these schools, centers, and departments accomplish their objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and business processes.

The audit and compliance department serves several key roles within the DeKalb County School District. First, we perform audits of all activities and processes under the purview of the Superintendent. This includes, but is not limited to, school activity audits, central business process audits and technology reviews. Second, we serve as in-house consultants on matters involving internal controls and general business risk assessment. It is imperative that leaders understand where the high risk activities are in the school system and implement controls to mitigate the risks associated with those activities. We also advise on matters of ethics and conflicts of interest. Lastly, we perform special investigations where specific issues are brought to our attention.


To provide for the independence of audit and compliance department, the director of audit and compliance reports administratively to the Superintendent.


The audit and compliance department has the responsibility to maintain a professional staff with sufficient knowledge, skills, experience, and professional certifications to meet the requirements of the DeKalb County School District.


The scope of work for the audit and compliance department is to determine whether the school system’s network of risk management, control, and business processes, as designed and represented by administrative officials, is adequate and functioning effectively to ensure:

  • risks are appropriately identified and managed
  • significant financial, managerial, and operating information is accurate, reliable, and timely
  • employees’ actions are in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, contract/grant provisions, and internal policies, plans, and procedures
  • resources are acquired economically, used efficiently, accounted for accurately, and protected adequately
  • programs, plans, and objectives are achieved
  • quality and continuous improvement are fostered in the school system’s control process
  • significant legislative or regulatory issues affecting the organization are recognized and addressed properly


The Audit & Compliance department is accountable to:

  • provide annually an assessment on the adequacy and effectiveness of the school system’s processes for controlling its activities and managing its risks in the areas set forth under the mission and scope of work
  • report significant issues related to the processes for controlling the activities of the school system and its affiliates, including potential improvements to those processes, and provide information concerning such issues through resolution
  • provide information periodically on the status and results of the annual audit and compliance plan and the sufficiency of the school, center or department resources
  • coordinate with, and provide oversight of, other compliance, control, and monitoring functions


The audit and compliance department is authorized to:

  • have unrestricted access to all functions, records, property, and personnel
  • make specific reports directly to the Superintendent
  • assess risk, set audit schedule, and apply the techniques required to accomplish audit objectives
  • obtain the necessary assistance of personnel in departments of the school system, as well as other specialized services
  • obtain the necessary contracted services to facilitate temporary assistance in specialized areas of attention
  • conduct investigations of suspected fraudulent activities in conjunction with Employee Relations and/or Public Safety and notifying the Superintendent of the results

The audit and compliance department is not authorized to:

  • perform any duties beyond the scope of the audit for the school system or its affiliates
  • initiate or approve accounting transactions of external parent organizations, booster clubs, and charitable organizations
  • direct the activities of any employees from organizations not employed by the DeKalb County School District except to the extent such employees have been appropriately assigned to assist the internal auditors