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Office of Internal Audit

James K. Polk Building, Suite 1800
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 615.741.1651
Fax: 615.532.6760

Mel Marcella
Mel Marcella
Director
Mel.Marcella@tn.gov

The Division of Internal Audit provides Audit and Assurance, Consulting and Advisory, Education, and Integrity services for the department. The primary focus of the Division is conducting Performance Audits designed to ascertain the efficiency, effectiveness, and economy of TDOT's various operational and financial programs, processes, and activities. Audit and Assurance services are prioritized from a Risk Management approach to focus resources on areas of high risks. The ultimate objective is to provide the management structure and senior leadership with information they need to make better decisions - through practical, cost beneficial, recommendations geared toward improving TDOT's operations. Consulting and Advisory services are designed to initiate a collaborative approach to address concerns regarding the ever changing business environment. Education services include providing training on ethical behavior, fraud awareness, internal controls, and the proper use of TDOT assets to department employees. Integrity services are performed to substantiate alleged instances of fraud, waste, and abuse of TDOT funds by department employees, contractors, vendors, and grantees.

What is Internal Auditing?Report Fraud, Waste and Abuse

The institute of Internal Auditors define Internal auditing is an independent, objective assurance, and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization's operations. It helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes. In short, we are here to provide a "second set of eyes" to ensure that we are following rules and regulations and look for opportunities to make our operations better. We are also responsible for ensuring that fraud, waste, and abuse of TDOT resources is kept in check - by providing both proactive and reactive responses to these events.

Internal Audit Vision

The vision of the Office of Internal Audit is to become a valuable management resource that facilitates the promotion of good governance by performing high quality audit, assurance, consulting, and investigative works that:

  • Address key enterprise risks central to TDOT’s strategies and objectives
  • Apply audit work commensurate with material risks.
  • Help improve internal controls, transparency, and accountability of operations.
  • Promote a tone of openness, cooperation, and mutual trust within TDOT.
  • Place emphasis on areas that have heightened sensitivity to management and citizens of Tennessee.

Internal Audit Mission

The mission of the Office of Internal Audit is to provide objective analysis and information critical to better decision making and enhancing the overall governance capability within TDOT.