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Brent Olson − Director, Office of Internal Audit

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Brent Olson leads NREL's Office of Internal Audit (OIA). OIA's mission is to provide independent and objective assurance, advice, and insight to improve NREL operations.

OIA helps NREL accomplish its objectives using a risk-based, systematic, and disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of governance, risk management, and control processes. Using this approach, OIA improves laboratory operations and provides independent and objective assurance to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Alliance for Sustainable Energy Board that NREL is complying with requirements and appropriately stewarding the budgetary and physical assets entrusted to NREL by DOE and other customers.

Olson has more than 24 years' experience conducting and overseeing governmental audits at the federal, state, and local level, including financial, operational, compliance (grant and contract), information technology, and construction audits. Olson has also completed quality assessment reviews for many organizations to assess their internal audit functions' conformance with The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.

Prior to joining NREL, Olson’s roles have included working for public accounting 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 and risk management topics, including implementing the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission's 2013 Internal Control Framework, Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government (the "Green Book"), internal audit's involvement in sustainability programs, and fraud prevention and detection.

Olson holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Northern Michigan University. Olson earned his Certified Public Accountant designation and additional certifications from IIA including Certified Internal Auditor (CIA); Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA); and Certified Government Audit Professional (CGAP).