Archive: Dec 2012

A-LIGN 2013 Community Commitment

A-LIGN is proud to employ some of the most talented professionals in the industry who also dedicate their skills and talents to our community. Giving back to the community is a quality we value highly for all employees and in an effort to make volunteering more accessible, A-LIGN will now offer ‘community service days’ for all employees interested in participating. A-LIGN is allowing one business day out of the month for employees to volunteer at any charity of their choosing.

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Ask A-LIGN: Why is the SAS 70 audit still asked for? I thought it no longer existed?

Answer: Correct. The SAS 70 audit has been out of existence since June 15, 2011. Many organizations are still being asked for SAS 70, frankly, due to the fact of its nearly 20-year existence and lack of education surrounding the change of the standard. Here’s Why: Since SAS 70 has been around nearly 20 years, its terminology seems stuck in the written agreements of many organizations that have long-term contractual obligations. Transitioning SAS 70 out of audit terminology is going to take an effort from the profession, as well as, publicity of the profession to make sure that these organizations understand SSAE 16, its replacement of SAS 70, and what it brings to the table to align it more with an assertion based report rather than a direct reporting on the controls.

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Happy Holidays from A-LIGN

At the close of another year, we gratefully pause to wish you a warm and happy holiday season.   …

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Ask A-LIGN: Is my Organization Required to Obtain a Type 2 SSAE 16 Examination Annually?

Answer: This is a question we are asked frequently by our clients and prospective clients, and the answer is: It Depends. Here’s why: The SSAE 16 guidance states that the period of review, or time frame that the report covers, should be at least six (6) months in the case of a Type 2 SSAE 16 examination.  While this standard sets a minimum period of review, it can be set to cover any period of time over 6 months – i.e., six months, nine months or one year.

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