The term “audit” often carries with it some uneasy feelings generally associated with tax time.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines an audit as “a formal examination of an organization's or individual's accounts or financial situation.”
While any audit can potentially bring to light some negative findings, the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command uses audits to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the mission.
The Internal Review and Audit Compliance Office, or IRACO, serves as the principal advisor to the commander on internal control and audit matters.
More specifically, IRACO acts as a catalyst to drive reform and innovation to best support the AMCOM mission.
By generating detailed findings and recommendations, IRACO helps guide corrective actions and use of resources, which can impact readiness.
Dr. Nakia Redmon has served as the director of IRACO since June 2022. Prior to that, she served as Comptroller for AMCOM’s G-8 Resource Management Directorate.
After completing the Senior Service College Fellowship, Redmon was asked to assume the role of Audit Director.
Redmon has spent the majority of her 20-year federal government career in budgeting, funds execution and account reconciliation.
“I wanted to find a position that was outside of my financial comfort zone,” she said.
According to Redmon, the overall mission of IRACO is to proactively advise the AMCOM commander on all internal control and audit matters in such a way that continuously improves accountability.
“We are the commander’s eyes to identifying weaknesses in regulatory compliance processes in an effort to create paths for improvement,” Redmon said.