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2018 IDEA® User of Excellence Award Winner Selected


HOUSTON – June 15, 2018 – Audimation Services, Inc., has selected Jennifer Girard, Senior Auditor with the American Red Cross as the recipient of the 2018 U.S. IDEA® User of Excellence Award. She is being recognized for using data analytics to help the organization ensure that generous donations are used to help victims of a disaster.
 

The Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that helps people prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters big and small across the United States. After Hurricane Harvey devastated thousands of Texas communities in the fall of 2017 and was called the worst rainstorm in U.S. history, the Red Cross launched one of its largest disaster responses ever undertaken. In addition to providing safe shelter, meals and relief supplies, the Red Cross provided initial financial assistance to more than 575,000 affected households and today continues to deliver long-term recovery programs.
 

After Hurricane Harvey, the Red Cross Audit Services department worked closely with the Finance team to monitor a new online application process, which was set up to provide financial assistance as quickly as possible to help the hundreds of thousands of people affected. More recently, Girard consolidated hundreds of thousands of records to identify individuals who were eligible for additional assistance because they were impacted by one of three major disaster events in 2017 including Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and devastating wildfires in California. She also tracked each step to establish confidence in the results and, over the course of several months, developed more than 1,200 tests and files to provide the best data possible and ensure the eligibility lists were accurate and complete. Her success prompted the Finance department to integrate IDEA into their work.
 

“In the wake of disasters, we do everything we can to ensure the dollars people donate reach those in need,” said Girard. “Using IDEA has helped us provide assurance that eligibility lists are accurate and complete, and we gained confidence that the Red Cross is delivering financial aid to those most affected.”


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In the wake of disasters, we do everything we can to ensure the dollars people donate reach those in need. Using IDEA has helped us provide assurance that eligibility lists are accurate and complete, and we gained confidence that the Red Cross is delivering financial aid to those most affected.

- Jennifer Girard, CIDA, Sr Auditor, The American Red Cross

“The American Red Cross is an extraordinary example of how technology can be applied to analyze massive amounts of data quickly to identify potential problems and enable rapid response,” said Carolyn Newman, President, Audimation Services, Inc. “Jennifer Girard picked up IDEA quickly and adapted it to help solve challenges when speed was paramount to providing disaster relief to people in need. We join the American Red Cross in recognition of her efforts to achieve the organization’s humanitarian goals and help those in need.”​


​​​​​​Girard worked closely with the IDEA Help Desk, staffed by Audimation Services, to guide her in developing complex tests and navigating the features of the software to achieve specific goals. She is also the organization’s first Certified IDEA Data Analyst (CIDA) Girard will receive her award at the 2018 IDEA Innovations Conference in Denver, CO in mid-September.
 

About Audimation Services, Inc.

Founded in 1992, Audimation Services, Inc. is a leader in providing data analysis technology to help companies understand their data, assess risks, test controls, and fight fraud. As the sole U.S. distributor of IDEA® Data Analysis and SmartExporter for SAP®, we help our clients maximize their technology investments by providing support, training and other valuable resources. For more information about Audimation Services, visit www.audimation.com or call 888.641.2800.
 

About CaseWare Analytics

CaseWare Analytics is home to CaseWare IDEA® Data Analysis and the CaseWare Monitor continuous monitoring platform. Our software solutions are built on a foundation of industry best practices and expertise, enabling audit, compliance and finance professionals to assess risk, gather audit evidence, uncover trends, identify issues and provide the intelligence needed to make informed decisions, ensure compliance and improve business processes. We offer solutions that meet the needs of auditors, analysts, purchasing card managers, compliance officers and more. With 40 distribution offices worldwide, CaseWare Analytics’ products and solutions serve more than 400,000 professionals in 90 countries. To learn more visit casewareanalytics.com.

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