Let’s face it, dealing with internal controls from time to time can be a headache and can certainly get out of hand. The power of an organized internal control structure yields a plethora of benefits in terms of cost efficiency, reduced workload, fewer headaches, and happier employees – You know what they say, Organized People Play™.
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We learned of this proposal today and we thought our readers would be interested. This change would have an inpact on the financial reporting requirements for all public companies.
COSO is coming out with a revision to the famous 'COSO Cube' and they have submitted a draft for public comment. The COSO Cube provides the basis for all internal control infrastructures, including Sarbanes-Oxley implementations, and it gives guidance on how to structure and audit control procedures. PwC participate in the update and they have provided a nice synopsis below of the pending change:
Let's just get down to the skinny of it, audits in any form are painful. We get that.
You are cordially invited to the Vibato Webinar Series, How to Perform a Financial Risk Assessment being held on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT.
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Determining a correct sample size is an important first step in your internal controls testing efforts. Below is Vibato's approach to sample size determination, which we've used with great success for years.This approach has been vetted with all Big 4 and most regional external auditing firms.
Great article from the Criminal Defense Lawyers Los Angeles. Here is a snippet:
From the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ):
This was an excellent article on why it is more important than ever to accurately document your company-specific risk exposure. The SEC Top 10 List of most frequently questioned issues over the last two years includes “Ineffective internal or disclosure controls”, an area that we believe will be receiving even greater scrutiny in light of the recent Sarbanes-Oxley 404(b) exemption for non-accelerated filers.
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