NYS School District

Claims Auditor and Deputy Claims Auditor Training

This foundation workshop covers the basic knowledge, skills, techniques, and strategies required of the Claims Auditor: training in applicable NYS Law, Board of Education policies, internal control components, implementation strategies, and reporting.

Schedule and Registration:
Half-day training – 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
3 CPEs for CPAs – – 3 CTLE Hours
Thursday, September 21, 2017
2018 Schedule PENDING
9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Mid-Hudson New York
Eastern New York
Central New York
Western New York

Notes
1: Half day workshop. 3 CPEs (CPEs fr CPAs in New York State)
2: This is the basic training workshop for school district claims auditors and related personnel functions.
3: Three, half-day, advanced topics, Advanced Claims Auditing – Workshops A, B, and C are held for claims auditors, deputy claims auditors, and school district personnel seeking proficiency in claims auditing.
4: We will provide Claims Auditors and Deputy Claims Auditors Training in your area for a group of 12 or more. Contact us.

Audience
For school district Claims Auditors and Deputy Claims Auditors, and of interest to Accounts Payable Clerks, Purchasing Agents, Internal Auditors, District Administrators, and Board of Education Member.

Why this Workshop is Important
Chapter 263 authorizes the appointment of a Claims Auditor in New York State school districts. Most school districts have appointed a Claims Auditor. New York State school districts reacting to external audits, internal audits, and NYS Comptroller audits seek training for their appointed Claims Auditor, Purchasing Agents, Accounts Payable Clerks, Purchasing Agents, Internal Auditors, and school district administrators. In addition, many school districts have a requirement for Claims Auditor training in their Board of Education policies [See Erie 1 BOCES, Policy Service, Policy #5570, “Fiscal Accountability”]. This foundation workshop meets all policy training requirements. Dr. Merrins is the Executive Program Administrator for the New York State School District Internal Auditing Alliance (SDIAA). This presentation reviews the laws and highlights the needed actions of the Claims Auditor to meet NYS accountability legislation and sound fiscal practice.

Topics
School District Claims Auditing Law, Regulation, Policies
School District Culture
Proactive Claims Auditor Characteristics
Authority, Power, and Control
Duties and Responsibilities
Funds to be Audited
Standard Information Needed to Audit
Required Authorization for Payment
Handling Challenges
Second Level Questioning
Challenge Records
Corrective Plans of Action
Reports to the Board
Soft Auditing
Fraud and Whistle Blowing
Go-to People
Questions and Answers

Faculty
James M. Merrins, Ed.D., SDA, SBA
Jim Merrins is Executive Program Administrator of the Educational Leadership Institute at NYSAWA, and the New York State School District Internal Auditing Alliance (SDIAA). He has trained over 800 claims auditors, deputy claims auditors and business office personnel. He has administered the Claims Auditors Conferences and teaches numerous fiscal workshops for superintendents and school business personnel, including Fiscal Navigation for Superintendents, and Introduction to Extraclassroom Activity Funds trainings. Jim has over 40 years experience in school administration, including 16 years as a Superintendent in Fredonia and Honeoye, New York. Dr. Merrins is NYS certified as a School Business Administrator. Dr. Merrins taught school finance and school law at SUNY colleges for several years.

Costs
The cost of this workshop is $225 for the first participant, plus $195 for the second participant, plus $185 for the third and subsequent participants from the same school district or firm.

Materials
Each workshop participant will receive a notebook of workshop-related materials, guides, and reports, including excerpts of relevant laws and regulations; sample language for board policies; and sample forms and templates. Relevant documents are provided on a CD.

Sponsored by the School District Internal Auditing Alliance
Hosted and administered by the Educational Leadership Institute
at the New York State Association for Women in Administration
James M. Merrins, Ed.D., Executive Program Administrator
Mary Balme, Executive Director

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Contact James Merrins, Ed.D.
Comments, corrections, source documents, and questions welcome
42 Rosalyn Court, Fredonia, New York 14063
(716) 672-5473, FAX (716) 672-5472, jmerrins@cecomet.net