The Fraud Examiner

Inquisition and Confidence Keys to Internal Controls Director's Success

March 2016

ACFE Member Profile
Daniel Worrell, CFE
Director of Internal Controls, New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority 

Daniel Worrell, CFE, progressively and consciously grew his career from his first job out of college to his current position as the Director of Internal Controls at the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “My first exposure to the anti-fraud field was as an auditor for the New York Office of the State Comptroller,” says Worrell. “Solving or mitigating internal control weakness has been something that I enjoy. From that initial exposure, I have made sure that every job that I have held since has included some level of anti-fraud responsibility.” Here, he shares his tips to help his colleagues succeed in their careers whether they are in the beginning stages or seasoned professionals. 

What is your current role and what does it entail? 

My current role is Director of Internal Controls for the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) with specific responsibilities for the MTA Capital Construction Company, which manages more than $15 billion in construction on behalf of MTA. My overall responsibilities include oversight of internal controls, integrity monitoring, construction fraud detection, ethics and compliance, policy development and vulnerability assessments.

What do you think contributed to your success? 

My success is driven by my professionalism and not taking things for granted. I’ve learned to be inquisitive by employing professional skepticism throughout my career. This has allowed others to view me as a business partner focusing on improving organizational effectiveness, and not merely seeking issues for a report. This approach helped establish me as someone that you could call on to give an unbiased perspective with professional credibility.

What are the most rewarding aspects of your job? 

Knowing the impact that the MTA has on the New York downstate region and recognizing that I play a key role in combating fraud and waste within my organization. I also enjoy that I am a business partner who is sought after as a leader in risk and controls implementation. In my role I work with independent integrity monitors who conduct investigations and monitor services on the MTA’s mega-projects. When the work identifies fraud and abuse and we are able to implement recommendations that benefit the MTA and its constituents, it is extremely gratifying. On a personal level, it is rewarding for me when leaders within my organization seek my input to implement a new process or to review allegations of fraud and abuse. It means that they trust my judgement and see me as a business partner. 

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