Daniel Worrell, CFE
CFE shares his secrets to success
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.
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.
The most rewarding aspects of my job are:
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.
Also, 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 judgment and see me as a business partner.
What I wish I knew, but didn’t, before I started my career was the importance of having a good network of people who know and support you, and can open many doors.Daniel Worrell, CFE
Director of Internal Controls
New Rochelle, New York, U.S.
I enjoy spending time with my family when I am not working. I also enjoy spending my time as a regional and national leader of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA). The organization’s motto is “Lifting as We Climb,” so I get a great deal of fulfillment in living this motto by helping the next generation of leaders to find their own path in their careers.
ACFE membership is open to individuals of all job functions, industries and levels of experience who are interested in the prevention, detection and deterrence of fraud. If you want to level up your anti-fraud career, we can help.