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Clarence Traynham, CICA

This month we feature one of our long-time certified members, Clarence Traynham. Clarence was awarded the CICA in 2007 and will achieve the ten year member status in November.  Clarence currently serves as the Acting Director for the Office of Audits for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA).  He joined the agency in March 2016.  In this capacity, Clarence is responsible for conducting entrance and exit conferences with agency management - establishing, implementing, and enforcing internal auditing standards, reviewing audit findings, conducting fraud investigations, reviewing, and approving work papers prepared by staff auditors, and assisting the Audit Director with the day to day operations of the Audit Office.

Clarence has an extensive background in Compliance auditing in State government with over 22 years of experience as a state employee. Clarence started his career as a state employee in 1994 as a Correctional Officer with the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services where he obtained the rank of Correctional Officer Sergeant. After an 11 year career as a Correctional Officer, Clarence began his auditing career in 2005 with the Office of Legislative Audits as a staff auditor.  As a Legislative Auditor he was introduced to electronic work papers or Team Mate (a software program that promotes efficiency while performing audits).  In 2007 Clarence moved to the Maryland State Department of Education as a staff auditor where he performed audits of the local school boards. In 2010 Clarence moved to the Maryland State Lottery where he was hired as one of the first Gaming auditors in the State of Maryland, performing audits of the local casinos. It was at the Maryland State Lottery where Clarence was promoted to Internal Auditor Supervisor and again used electronic work papers Auto Audit. In 2014 Clarence moved to the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation as an Internal Auditor Supervisor where he helped rebuild the Internal Audit Office and convinced the Director of Audit to obtain electronic work papers Auto Audit.

Clarence holds a BS degree in Accounting from the University of Baltimore.  In addition to the CICA designation he also holds professional designations as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Fraud Specialists (CFS).  

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