Action Required - 2020 Lead Administrator Environmental Controls Questionnaire

July 8, 2020

As a reminder, Lead Administrators and Senior Directors are required to complete the Annual Attestation for FY20. Please do so at your earliest convenience and send to

Dear Lead Administrators,

Each year, the Controller’s Office sends out the Lead Administrator Environmental Controls Questionnaire. We ask that Lead Administrators please complete the 2020 Environmental Controls Questionnaire themselves.    

The questionnaire is a valuable tool used to identify risk within units responsible for budgetary oversight. Lead Administrators and Operations Managers are encouraged to use the results of the questionnaire as a foundation to determine if a more in-depth review of structures and controls is required.

Results from the questionnaire will also help Senior Directors, the Office of the Controller, and other central compliance offices with guidance for strengthening Yale’s internal controls.

This survey is focused on the responsibilities of the Lead Administrator role to promote a strong control environment in their unit. The questionnaire is an opportunity for you to reflect on your organization’s internal control structure, taking into consideration changes that may have occurred throughout the year.

It should take about 10 minutes to complete. A link to the survey can be found below. In addition, the questions are also attached here for your reference. The deadline to complete the questionnaire is end of day, Tuesday, June 30, 2020.


Thank you all for your efforts in helping us have a successful year.  Accurate and timely financial information is essential to the University in carrying out its mission. Your work in this area is very important and highly valued.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Senior Director or one of us, and we would be happy to talk it through with you. You can also submit any questions or concerns to We found the process very helpful last year and believe it adds value to our year-end close and internal controls.


Deborah A. Armitage Associate Controller
(203) 432-9489  

Shannon Smith University Controller