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Issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (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. The new Framework retains the core definition of internal control and the five components of internal control, and it continues to emphasize the importance of management judgment in designing, implementing, and conducting a system of internal control, and in assessing its effectiveness. It broadens the application of internal control in addressing operations and reporting objectives, and clarifies the requirements for determining what constitutes effective internal control.
The Framework is comprised of three volumes including the following:
Executive Summary – This provides a high-level overview intended for the board of directors, chief executive officer, and other senior management. The Executive Summary:
Framework and Appendices – The Framework and Appendices sets forth the five components and seventeen principles of an effective system of internal control, illustrates many approaches and examples relating to entity objectives, and provides direction for all levels of management to use in designing, implementing and conducting a system of internal control, and in assessing its effectiveness. The Framework assists management, boards of directors, external stakeholders, and others interacting with the entity in their respective duties regarding an entity's system of internal control without being overly prescriptive. The Appendices provide additional reference material, including:
Illustrative Tools for Assessing a System of Internal Control (Tools) – The Tools provide illustrative templates and scenarios that may be useful in applying the Framework. It can help management in assessing whether a system of internal control meets the requirements for effective internal control.
The scenarios illustrate several practical examples of how the templates can be used to support an assessment of effectiveness of a system of internal control. The templates and scenarios focus on evaluating components and relevant principles, not the underlying controls (e.g., transaction level control activities) that affect the relevant principles.
Customizable templates included with your purchase!
You will receive a link to an Excel file containing four different templates from the Illustrative Tools, including:
You may customize the blank templates to match the facts and circumstances in your particular organization for your assessment process. A link to the file will be included with your order confirmation and the web page URL is referenced throughout the Framework for easy access.