Audits and RQA

The Research Quality Assurance (RQA) team acts as a liaison with auditors in handling all audit requests for information and facilitating the coordination of the actual audit. During the audit process, the RQA staff are available to answer any questions the auditors may have. The staff will communicate audit status to all key areas involved in the particular audit.

The RQA will develop a corrective action response to any audit findings or weaknesses.

RQA works closely with the Sponsored Program Services support area to ensure reports are developed or updated as needed to assist in minimizing compliance and audit risks.

Examples of audits are:

  • Annual Uniform Guidance (UG) single audit conducted in accordance with 200.514 Scope of Audit. The Audit Requirements detailed within the UG apply to audits of fiscal years beginning on or after December 26, 2014. For Purdue, that is July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.
  • Audits being conducted by Internal Audit related to Sponsored Programs
  • Sponsor closeout audits on specific projects. This includes any federal, state, foreign sponsor, industrial or foundation.
  • Sponsor audits of certain criteria. Examples include:
    • Financial audits during the life of a specific project
    • Audit of expenditures on sponsor awards

If the SPS Post-Award area or the Ag Field Office are notified of an External Audit, they should follow the External Audit Requests Guide.

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