The Power of Optimizing Your Internal Controls

Posted by Guthrie Chenon May 26, 2014

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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Sarbanes-Oxley COSO 2013 Tip: How to Address Principle 10

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton May 6, 2014

There are 17 Principles discussed in the new COSO 2013 guidance that every public company must demonstrate compliance with by 12/15/2014. 

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Tags: Sarbanes-Oxley Articles & Information, segregation of duties, Sarbanes-Oxley Training, internal control, Sarbanes-Oxley, COSO 2013, Sarbanes-Oxley for Non-Profits

Sam Antar: On Fraud & the Black Arts of White Collar Crime

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton July 25, 2013
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More prevention = Less need for Detection

Posted by Alex Roweon February 13, 2013
New technology is helping seek out fraudulent behavior behind closed doors of companies. Ernst & Young’s Fraud Investigation & Disputes Services is releasing new software that searches for specific key words in company e-mails and detects a change of voice in a spoken press release. The most common fraud phrases are obvious but interesting:
1. Cover Up
2. Write Off
3. Illegal
4. Failed investment
5. Nobody will find out
6. Grey area
7. They owe it to me
8. Do not volunteer information
9. Not ethical
10. Off the books 

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Tags: Internal Controls, fraud prevention, Press Release, software, compliance, internal control, internal control tips, fraud, Ernst & Young, key words

What the JOBS Act Means for SOX Compliance

Posted by Bill Bockwoldton April 5, 2012
The jobs act created a new category of issuer, called an "Emerging Growth" (ECG) company, in the interest of stimulating equity investment in companies by modifying the regulations surrounding registration, capital-raising activities, and compliance requirements. To qualify for this category, a company must have produced less than 1 billion of revenue in it's prior fiscal year (and must not have sold common equity in a registered offering prior to December 8, 2011). A qualifying company would lose ECG status when one of the following occurs:
  • Five years elapse from the IPO date
  • Company produces more than 1 billion in gross revenue
  • Company issues more than 1 billion in non-convertible debt within a 3-year period
  • Company reaches accelerated-filer status (>$700MM public market float)
As an ECG, a company would be exempt from an external audit of their internal controls over financial reporting (SOX 404(b)) as long as they maintain ECG status. This would be a maximum of 5 years from the IPO date if no other conditions specified above are met before that time.
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Tags: Internal Controls, Pre-IPO, 404, SOX, internal control