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PFP Alumna Oxana Bologan: My Fellowship in the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor

December, 26 2017

It was a great experience for me to be for a month long on the legislative Fellowship in the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA). The Fellowship entailed learning about the legislative process of the District of Columbia and how ODCA provides assistance to the Council of the District of Columbia in their oversight responsibilities. During my fellowship I was able to visit various offices within the District government that have oversight responsibilities, including the Office of the Inspector General, and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of Integrity Oversight (OIO). I also had a great pleasure to meet representatives from the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and Arlington County Police Department who provided presentations on the polygraph processes used in their office.

During my stay in the USA, I also attended the Continuing education seminar on "Tactical polygraph. Ethics and pre¬employment" organized by the American Polygraph Association and Virginia Polygraph Association, obtaining a Certificate that enhanced my knowledge on new techniques in polygraph testing. As well, based on the new obtained certificate of training, on November 30, 2017 the National State Commission on polygraph renewed my certification on the national  level. During the Seminar, I also became a member of the Virginia Polygraph Association. Thanks to the ODCA, I also had the opportunity to attend a training course together with other ODCA auditors and analysts, sponsored by the Institute of Internal Auditor, on "Aligning Data Analytics with Fraud and Compliance Risk Assessments" which focused on designing forensic data analytics to detect fraud, corruption, compliance violations, and failures in internal controls in response to a risk assessment.

As part of her assignment while at ODCA, I assisted in conducting research as part of a performance review the office was conducting on internal controls in the District of Columbia. This was precipitated by the findings in prior performance audit reports that indicated the District government did not have the organizational structures, laws and standards, internal controls and effective risk management practices required to meet the needs of its many stakeholders.

One of other important matters that impressed me very much is volunteer activity, undertaken by many Americans. I would be very happy to be able to implement this experience at home. I will do my best to make it happen. I volunteered at the event called “Light the Night” organized by the Leukemia& Lymphoma Society in the National Mall of Washington DC.

The last, but not the least. During my stay in the US I met wonderful people. I was hosted by a marvelous   lady. I am looking forward to seeing her again in Moldova in September of 2018. It was such a great experience to visit a historic town, Harpers Ferry in West Virginia, together with our host.

Being stationed in the DC, I was able to learn very much about the history of the US from the visited museums and monuments.

Thank you all very much.

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[x1]Zeama moldoveneasca in SUA

[x2]Dinner with neighbors

[x3]Harpers Ferry with the host

[x4]Veterans Day in New York

[x5]Thanksgiving Day one week before, only for us, prepared by our host

[x6]Future cooperation plans with people met at the Congres

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