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Enterprise Risk Management Program Challenges for Community Banks

Have you ever assembled a large outdoor play set or watched a family member or friend attempt to do so? The first step in the process is to account for

Could Your Company Be Unknowingly at Risk?

The following are two of many recent cases making the news that demonstrate that it’s not just the corporation that bears liability for corruption
Donald Owens | 4.23.2013

Is Your Law Firm Required to Comply with IRS Publication 1075?

Title 26 U. S. Code Section 6103(p)(4) requires external agencies and other authorized recipients of federal tax return and return information (FTI) to

SSAE 16/SOC 1 and Trust Services Principles - SOC 2/SOC 3 - Both are Valuable Reports to User Entities

With the retirement of SAS 70 and the installment of the Service Organization Control (SOC) examinations, the AICPA has established three service organization

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Common Risk Management Frameworks in the International Community

With the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the elevation of corporate governance practices throughout most all companies (private or publicly

Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Mandate: A Bounty Has Been Placed On All Institutions

In a recent Gallup poll, one in five Americans expressed trust in banks, half the level in 2007. In an environment where media and government officials

Complying with the IIA Standards Does Not Always Equate to Statement on Excellence

The day comes, if it hasn’t already, when the audit committee challenges the relevance and value of the internal audit (IA) function to the organization

Is Your Dealership Susceptible to Check Fraud?

It requires little more than a personal computer, scanner and software to commit check fraud. In an Association of Financial Professionals survey, 71%

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Would Your Controls Prevent Violations Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act?

Doing business in a global economy has unique risks. One risk is third parties soliciting illegal payments (i.e., bribes) from companies in exchange for brokering entry into new markets.  

Quality and Internal Controls Go Hand-In-Hand

Many organizations are stunned when quality issues with their products or services seemingly arise overnight. Most recently, mortgage servicing companies

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