Brent Olson − Director, Office of Internal Audit
Brent Olson leads NREL's Office of Internal Audit (OIA).
OIA contributes to NREL's mission by providing independent, objective assurance and advisory (consulting) services that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of enterprise risk management, control activities, and governance processes.
OIA conducts internal audit and advisory engagements in accordance with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (Standards) and Code of Ethics as promulgated by the Institute of Internal Auditors. OIA also reviews allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse.
Olson has more than 25 years of multi-industry experience with expertise in establishing, leading, and transforming internal audit functions, enterprise risk management, fraud awareness, prevention and detection, governance, and compliance.
Olson has conducted and overseen numerous types of external and internal audits, including strategic, financial, incurred costs, subcontract, construction, operational, compliance, information technology, and performance. He has also completed quality assessment reviews for many organizations to assess their internal audit functions' conformance with the Institute of Internal Auditors Standards.
Prior to joining NREL, Olson's audit roles included working for public accounting and consulting firms, including KPMG and EY, and with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General. Olson has frequently served as instructor or presenter for internal audit, fraud, and risk management topics. He implemented Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government, the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission's 2013 Internal Control — Integrated Framework (aka the "Green Book").
Olson holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Northern Michigan University. He earned his certified public accountant, certified internal auditor, and certified fraud examiner designations.