In the past two weeks, we have been asked my multiple clients to explain to their customers that the SAS 70 audit standard was superseded as of June 15, 2011. Our clients were faced with frustrated user organizations that were looking for their SAS 70 audit report. We had to not only provide our literature and white papers outlining the audit standard has been superseded but provided information directly from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) to the same effect. It even got to the point where I told the user organization to call a national accounting firm in their city to confirm what we have said along with the AICPA. This frustration from user organizations can be expected when the SAS 70 audit requirement lies in the hands of a contracting officer at the user organization. The communication gap between the legal or vendor relations department and the accounting departments at an organization sometimes is wide and must be bridged. When the exposure draft of SSAE 16 was released years ago, I recall preaching to clients that they should begin speaking with their customers regarding the change and update contracts with customers as well as vendors to reflect the eventual vanishing of SAS 70. We continue to encourage clients as we move into September, which is typically “SSAE 16 busy season, “ that our clients should contact their customers and educate them regarding the change and utilize A-LIGN as a resource to provide additional literature where necessary to explain the new standard.