DIANNE RAY, CPA is Colorado's State Auditor and is responsible for overseeing independent audits and reviews that hold government agencies accountable and promote positive change in government. As head of the Office of the State Auditor (Office), she leads a staff of 75 experienced professionals who conduct performance, financial, and IT audits and evaluations and track independent audits of local governments in the state. Under Dianne’s leadership as State Auditor the Office has received 13 national awards for audits and evaluations. In 2016 the Office was named the “Healthiest Employer” in the small company category by the Denver Business Journal.
Dianne has extensive experience in senior-level management positions and was the recipient of the 2015 award for top public administrator in Colorado, presented by the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs. She was also named one of three “2012 Women to Watch” in the Experienced Leader category by the Colorado Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.
Dianne is a member of the US Comptroller General’s Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards and the Domestic Working Group. She is a past President of the National State Auditors Association and a member of the Board of the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, Chair of the Audit Committee, and former Board Chair.
Dianne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Arizona State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Colorado and Arizona.
Dianne Ray: APIPA 2019 Course Listing
Auditors have limited time, limited staff, limited budgets, and sometimes limited opportunities -- but our governments can face unlimited risk. By leveraging our available time and resources, and actively pursuing those new opportunities, audit offices can get the most value from our limited resources. Colorado State Auditor Dianne Ray will describe cases and recent examples to highlight these opportunities to maximize value to the organizations we serve.
The nature of audit work invites conflict with auditees and sometimes with the governments we serve. This session will describe and explore events that can cause conflict for auditors. Next, we'll assess tools and techniques to maintain our integrity, our objectivity, and even our independence when conflicts occur. If you audit controversial topics or in a changing or challenging environment, you won't want to miss this session!