Chance Watson is the Chief Audit Officer for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and leads the Internal Audit and Management Consulting Division. He holds a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and a BS from Texas State University and is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). Prior to his state service, he held the position of chief audit executive at the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation.
He has led the Internal Audit division at DFPS since November 2014 and assumed leadership of the Management Consulting division, formerly the Center for Planning, Evaluation, and Project Coordination, on September 1, 2021. The Internal Audit and Management Consulting Division provides independent assurance and consulting services focused on improving the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes at DFPS.
Chance is passionate about the auditing profession and is an active member of multiple audit organizations. He served as chapter president of the Austin Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors in 2007-2008 and currently serves on the international level as a member of the Committee of Research and Education Advisors (CREA). In addition to his work with the Institute of Internal Auditors, Chance also chaired the Texas State Agency Internal Audit Forum in FY 2019 and FY 2020, a group that promotes the effective and efficient use of state agency internal audit resources toward accountability, productivity, and enhancement of management control over operations.