When the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO) released the COSO 2013 Framework, they specifically stated their intent that the framework be utilized for more than just Internal Control Over Financial Reporting (ICFR). Many companies have undergone and completed the mapping processes for the 17 principles to the ICFR controls. They must now examine how the framework can move into the operational stage.
Much has changed since 1992 when the COSO Framework was originally issued. Market globalization has become the norm, expectations for governance and risk management have soared in the wake of corporate scandals such as Enron and WorldCom, and laws, regulations and standards for conducting business have increased exponentially.
While the 2013 COSO Internal Control Framework retains the core components you are familiar with there is an increased focus on non-financial controls and reporting objectives. No longer is it acceptable to ignore operations in regards to the COSO framework. Today, the concepts and principles of COSO 2013 must be applied across the entire organization. However, applying these concepts across operations and compliance has proven to be very challenging for many organizations.
This course will examine the COSO attributes and 17 components and speak to what procedures need to be considered to move the framework to an operational stage that also addresses compliance issues (far beyond internal control over financial reporting (ICFR). We will examine how organizations can apply the 17 new principles outlined in the 2013 COSO framework within their business. We will take our discussion far beyond financial reporting.
Review Questions: Moving COSO to Operationalization Stage
FINAL EXAM: Moving COSO to Operationalization Stage
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Ms. Fountain has over 30 years of experience in the business profession, which includes public and industry accounting and over 20 years within internal and external auditing combined. She is a nationally recognized trainer and speaker and also a published author. She is a subject matter expert and specializes in Internal Audit, Sarbanes-Oxley, Enterprise Risk Management, Fraud, Governance and Compliance. Ms. Fountain has held two Chief Audit Executive positions for international companies. She currently performs consulting for companies on internal audit, risk management, internal controls, financial reporting and accounting along with performing training. She has also been instrumental in the establishment of ERM, Sarbanes-Oxley and Governance frameworks
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Ms. Fountain has authored a publication for the Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation (IIARF) titled “Raise the Red Flag – The Internal Auditors Guide to Fraud Evaluations”. The publication will be released April 20, 2015. In addition, she is authoring a publication for Auerbach on “The Realities of performing the Chief Audit Executive Role”. The publication will be released in the Fall 2015. In addition, she has performed as an adjunct instructor for the School of Business for Grantham University and the School of Business at the University of Kansas.
Ms. Fountain obtained her BSBA from Pittsburg State University and her MBA from Washburn University in Kansas. She has her CGMA, CRMA credentials and CPA certificate.