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To: University Business Managers

From: Troy Howell, Finance Training Coordinator

Date: April 21, 2015

On May 5, 2015, the Office of the State Controller (OSC) will offer an Internal Controls webinar. This event is free and qualifies for up to 1.5 CPE hours. See the attached file and announcement below for information on the webinar and registration. Participants requiring CPE credit must register and view this webinar individually. There will be no central viewing location for UNC-CH employees, so please view the webinar at your own computer. Please direct all questions to the OSC.

Subject: Internal Control Webinar (May 5, 2015) – “Improper Payments: Sustaining and Renewing the Commitment to Ending Improper Payments

Good morning.

The Office of the State Controller is pleased to announce that our first internal control webinar of 2015 will be held on May 5 at 10:00 a.m.

The webinar is being presented by Grant Thornton, LLP and qualifies for up to 1.5 CPE hours. Please note that Grant Thornton will be handling all aspects of the registration and CPE award processes. Participants requiring CPE credit must register and view this webinar individually.

Intended Audience:

Chief Financial Officers, Vice Chancellors, Business Managers, Internal Control Officers, Controllers, Financial Staff responsible for disbursements and Program Managers responsible for managing grants.


To provide an understanding of Improper Payments, their causes and prevention.


This webinar will provide an informative and timely presentation on improper payments, their causes and prevention. The discussion will include an overview of improper payments including what they are, what causes them, how to analyze them, and how to prevent them. From the training, participants will learn to:

  • Define improper payments and how they occur in government
  • Describe the history of efforts to curb improper payments, new laws and strategies
  • Explain an approach to helping clients prevent and reduce improper payments
  • Understand trends and best practices


Please click on the following link to register: Webinar Registration Link.

Speaker Bios:

Jack Reagan is a Partner with Grant Thornton LLP. He has worked extensively with major state and local governments throughout the US, as well as civilian federal agencies, public and private universities, and not-for-profit organizations. Jack is a graduate of the University of Richmond – Robins School of Business with a BSBA, Accounting. Jack is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and practices in several states across the US.

Wendy Morton-Huddleston is a Principal at Grant Thornton LLP. She has over fifteen years of professional experience in project management, Federal financial management, business process improvement, internal controls, and strategic planning. Wendy’s client base encompasses C-level executives in the public sector and not-for-profit organizations. Wendy is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) and Project Management Professional (PMP). Wendy holds a B.S. in Finance – Norfolk State University, MBA in Management, M.S in Finance – University of Maryland and an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University.

Julie Batchelor is a Director with Grant Thornton LLP. She has extensive experience in enterprise financials, information technology, strategic planning, governance, project and program delivery, and engineering operations. Julie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University. She is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) and Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO).

Presentation Slides:

Please see attached PDF document. (coming soon!)

We hope you find the information presented during this webinar to be beneficial to both you and your organization.

Best regards,


Risk Mitigation Services Manager
NC Office of the State Controller

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