Internal Controls. What are they? Why should I care?. Internal Controls. What are they? Why should I care?. What is Internal Control?. Effectiveness and efficiency of operations Reliability of financial reporting Compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
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Internal control is a process, effected by the University’s Board of Trustees, administration, and line management, designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the achievement of objectives in the following areas:
Detective - let’s find the problem before it grows.
Is responsible for the general governance and administration of the University. He is charged with issuing institutional rules and regulations that govern the well-being of persons and security of university property. These are the basis of the University’s internal control system.
Are appointed by the President to provide oversight and direction to senior administrators responsible for major areas such :
Consider the following
We systematically, and objectively evaluate the University’s operations and controls to determine if:
This is to assist you and other members of the University community in the effective discharge of your responsibilities.
Internal audit could be considered a detection control. By looking at documents, records, operations, and interviewing people, internal audit checks to see that the other controls in place are working as intended.
Depending on what was found, recommendations will be made to assist managers, improve operations and decrease risk to you and the University.
Inadequate segregation of duties. “We trust ‘A’ who does all of those things.” Remember, in general only people we trust can steal from us, we watch the others.
Inappropriate access to assets. Passwords shared, offices left unlocked, cash not secured . . .
Form over substance “You mean I’m supposed to do something besides initial it.”
Control override. “I know that’s the policy, but we do it this way.” “Just get it done, I don’t care how.”
Inherent limitations. People are people and mistakes happen. You can’t foresee or eliminate all risk.Why don’t Internal Controls always work?
Internal Audit is in the Park Building - Room 407 - 201 Presidents Circle Rm 407 - Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-9021Call: 581-5997 orE-mail an Auditor