Audit Fundamentals Policy Manual

Audits are a part of every lending institution's reality. Audits, also called examinations, may be conducted by a lender's internal audit team, by external CPA firms, or by any of the GSEs, government lenders, or regulatory agencies with which a mortgage lender does business. Lending organizations will fare better if they are prepared internally, and know what to expect, and how to manage the audit process.


This document provides practical guidance for preparing for audits and for managing through the process, as well as useful references and links to industry guidance on the part of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

There are nine sections in the Audit Fundamentals Policy Manual:

  • Introduction
  • Accountability and Monitoring
  • Staff and Training
  • The Audit Process
  • Types of Audits
  • Audit Preparedness
  • Working with Auditors
  • Managing the Audit
  • Resources


The policy features the following benefits:

  • Supports strong operational practices and preparedness
  • Explains roles and responsibilities
  • Explains what to expect and how to work with auditors
  • Provides practical guidance for managing the audit process from within
  • Features an audit tracking spreadsheet as an optional tool

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