The chairman of the committee, Haji Habib ur Rehman informed the members that those Internal Audit Staff
who are performing their duties since May, 2003, their services may be regularized to enhance their performance.
Recurring meetings between the company controller, internal audit staff
, and external audit team should foster understanding of the external audit attestation process.
Early implementers (accelerated filers) experienced not only astronomical costs, but heavy burdens on their finance and internal audit staffs
Partly in response to the demands of Sarbanes-Oxley, and partly to bolster overall IT skill sets, beginning in 2004 Baxter increased its internal audit staff
from I8 to more than 30.
We recruited senior internal audit staff
who worked alongside PWC to fill the skills gap.
He says that external auditors also will be able to use the work of internal audit staff
In regard to this possible partnering arrangement, it would seem prudent that an informal relationship be cultivated between senior management, ethics officers, and internal audit staff
in the organization.
Typically, the firm would have relied upon its internal audit staff
to conduct a review of the subcontracting function in order to determine its strengths and weaknesses.
As my own case has shown, internal audit staff
can be placed under tremendous pressure not to disclose their findings.
A QI could request the IRS to waive an audit by an external auditor if (1) the QI maintains a substantial and independent internal audit staff
and (2) its internal auditors have determined that the QI is in compliance with its agreement for each of three preceding years.
Regarding the functioning of internal auditing in their organizations, personnel working in the area of information systems expressed a desire to see internal auditing function more in accordance with the following concepts: (1) the internal audit staff
should possess business skills in a variety of areas beyond accounting and finance, (2) the primary objective of an internal audit is the assessment of the adequacy of internal controls and the validity of financial results, not operation effectiveness or efficiency, and (3) when internal auditors and operating management disagree about the significance of audit findings, audit reports should present both perspectives.
We find financial analysts' perceptions of external auditor independence are greater when the client employs its own internal audit staff
or outsources to a different CPA firm, compared to the situation in which the external auditor performs all internal audit duties.