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Internal controls

"Internal controls" is a term often used by auditors. Essentially, it refers to the processes, system settings, guidance, structure or activities that help a department or organization achieve positive or desired outcomes and avoid negative or unwanted ones.  For more information on internal controls, including internal control structures and types and examples of internal controls that you may have in your department, please visit Internal Controls.

Internal controls are intended to help achieve optimal outcomes. However, excessive or redundant internal controls can reduce operational efficiency or effectiveness. Guidance on considerations when designing internal controls can be found at Balancing Risks and Controls. 

For additional resources on internal controls and how to identify and assess the controls in your department, please visit Resources for Managers.

Financial management dashboard

The Financial Management Dashboard is a tool to provide quick indicators to department managers, control points and central units that can help them monitor financial and compliance risks more effectively and efficiently; enable proactive monitoring of risk and compliance; facilitate decision-making; and prompt remediation actions.

Fraud prevention

Fraud prevention is the responsibility of everyone at UCSF. For information, guidance, training and resources on fraud prevention, please visit


Please visit Policies and Resources for links to commonly used policies and standards.