Internal Control

    Whether you are an auditor assessing internal control at your client, a preparer signing off on controls, a board member assessing organizational exposure, or a small business owner concerned with minimizing fraud, the AICPA is committed to providing the information and tools you need to understand internal control issues. In addition to our own publications, we are proud to serve as the publishing partner to COSO and committed to the mission of providing guidance and tools to serve our members in every area of the profession.

    COSO Releases Updated Internal Control Framework 

    The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) released its revisions and updates to the 1992 document Internal Control - Integrated Framework. COSO’s goal in updating the framework was to increase its relevance in the increasingly complex and global business environment so that organizations worldwide can better design, implement, and assess internal control. COSO believes this framework will provide organizations significant benefits; for example, increased confidence that controls mitigate risks to acceptable levels and reliable information supporting sound decision making.

    More information about the updated framework is available in the Journal of Accountancy article "Newly released COSO framework a fresh look at internal control" and on the Financial Reporting Center.

    Spotlight

    Internal Control for Today's Smart Business Internal Control for Today's Smart Business
    This publication was designed to give you an increased understanding of effective internal control in small businesses and how to efficiently document and test the internal control in small business audit engagements. It will help you in advising your small and middle-market clients on how to sensibly apply the concepts of COSO's Internal Control—Integrated Framework to achieve business objectives in a cost-effective manner. An excerpt of this publication, "Principle 1: The Organization Demonstrates a Commitment to Integrity and Ethical Values," is available for AICPA members.
    Internal Control - Integrated Framework and Compendium Bundle (2013) Internal Control - Integrated Framework and Compendium Bundle (2013)
    This four volume bundle contains COSO's new Internal Control - Integrated Framework, its executive summary, and appendices. In addition, the bundle contains Illustrative Tools for Assessing a System of Internal Control and Internal Control Over External Financial Reporting: A Compendium of Approaches and Examples. Finally, the bundle also includes a link to an Excel file containing four different, customizable templates from the illustrative tools, including overall assessment, components, principles, and deficiencies.
    Case Studies on Enterprise Risk Management Implementation Case Studies on Enterprise Risk Management Implementation
    This publication takes you directly into the experience of a company whose management is starting to formally address risk assessment and management. Walk through the company's process, working with the board, senior management, and the management team to identify and rate significant risk categories. The central case study details each step of initiating and implementing a risk assessment and management program, clarifying and demystifying the process. Fourteen tables, charts, and templates, a memorandum to the management team, and pointers for running productive and efficient meetings give you an immediate head start in beginning your own process.

    In response to a need for principles-based guidance to help entities design and implement effective enterprise-wide approaches to risk management, COSO issued the Enterprise Risk Management - Integrated Framework in 2004. This framework defines essential enterprise risk management components, discusses key ERM principles and concepts, suggests a common ERM language, and provides clear direction and guidance for enterprise risk management. The guidance introduces an enterprise-wide approach to risk management as well as concepts such as risk appetite, risk tolerance, and portfolio view. This framework is now being used by organizations around the world to design and implement effective ERM processes.

    Featured Products 


    Internal Control - Integrated Framework: Executive Summary, Framework and Appendices, and Illustrative Tools for Assessing Effectiveness of a System of Internal Control (3 volume set)

    Issued by COSO, the 2013 Internal Control–Integrated Framework (Framework) is expected to help organizations design and implement internal control in light of many changes in business and operating environments since the issuance of the original Framework in 1992.


    Internal Control - Integrated Framework: Internal Control Over External Financial Reporting: A Compendium of Approaches and Examples

    This publication has been developed to assist those users of the Internal Control – Integrated Framework (2013) who are responsible for designing, implementing, and conducting a system of internal control over external financial reporting that supports the preparation of financial statements and other external financial reporting.

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