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Internal Audit Division

Chris Cirrito, Interim Director, Internal Audit Division
Chris Cirrito, CIA, CGAP, CFE
Director

The mission of the Internal Audit Division is to assist agency administrators by furnishing independent analyses, appraisals, and recommendations concerning the adequacy and effectiveness of the agency's system of internal control procedures, and the quality of performance in carrying out assigned responsibilities.

Contact:

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Internal Audit
PO Box 99
Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: (936) 437-7100

In accordance with Texas Board of Criminal Justice Policy 14.02, Internal Audit is overseen by the Director of Internal Audit, who reports directly to the Board of Criminal Justice. The Board of Criminal Justice Chairman has appointed an Audit and Review Committee which reviews issues relating to the Internal Audit Division, including the development and recommendation for full board approval of the Annual Audit Plan and the appointment, dismissal and evaluation of the Internal Audit Director.

What We Do

The Internal Audit Division is responsible for examining and evaluating the adequacy and effectiveness of the agency's system of internal controls and the quality of agency performance in carrying out assigned responsibilities.

To accomplish this mission, the IAD shall, as appropriate, perform both financial and performance audits and attestations that use a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes so TDCJ managers may have assurance related to:

  1. Reliability and integrity of financial and operational information;
  2. Effectiveness and efficiency of operations;
  3. Safeguarding assets; and
  4. Compliance with laws, regulations, and contracts.

The Internal Audit Division also provides assistance to management through the review of draft agency policies, service on agency committees, advice to agency management, and completion of special projects based on management requests.

Authorization Under State Law

The following statutes govern operations of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Internal Audit Division:

  • Chapter 2102, Government Code: Internal Auditing Act
  • Chapter 491.001, Government Code: TDCJ-Internal Audit
  • Chapter 493.0052, Government Code Organizational, roles and responsibilities.