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Auditing Bits in Byte: Session 3: Internal Control Considerations
Start Date (Local)
5/7/2013 9:00:00 AM Eastern (EST/EDT)
5/7/2013 11:00:00 AM Eastern (EST/EDT)
Field of Study
Auditing -- 2 Credits
Auditing Bits in Bytes™ is a series of eight individual sessions that guides professionals through the complete audit process from “A to Z” – starting with Pre-Engagement Planning Activities, and going all the way through Wrap-up and Quality Control.
The auditing profession is undergoing the most significant changes in modern history. Think about it. The Auditing Standards Board issued 14 new Statements on Auditing Standards all effective within two years of each other, the GAO revised Government Auditing Standards (twice!) in 2007, the PCAOB has six additional Auditing Standards related to audits of SEC “issuers” that directly influenced standards established for “non-issuers”, independence rules promulgated by all relevant standard setters have been clarified and enhanced, and Statements on Quality Control Standards for firms performing attestation services have also been revamped and strengthened. Whew! That is a lot! And to think that professionals complained about being confused before all these changes occurred!?! All professionals, both those that are new to performing financial statement audits and those with previous experience, can benefit from focused training that walks participants through the complete audit process from “A to Z”, providing practical tips and best practices for ensuring an effective and efficient financial statement audit in compliance with relevant professional and regulatory standards.
Session 3 of this eight-part series focuses on important internal control considerations. This includes both evaluating the design and implementation of internal controls, which is required on all engagements. It also includes testing controls for operating effectiveness, which should be considered as part of the risk assessment procedures. This area is one of the most commonly misunderstood and misapplied aspects of the audit process, particularly given the recent significant changes in auditing standards. Inappropriate or inadequate judgment calls made at this stage of the engagement could have the greatest impact on financial statement audit effectiveness and efficiency. Missteps in this area also have the greatest likelihood of being identified as deficiencies in peer or regulatory review.