Trust, but verify – Ronald Reagan
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. – Benjamin Franklin
The purpose of this webpage is to provide employees at all levels of the State with an understanding of what are internal controls, who is responsible for implementing them, and additional resources for obtaining more information.
What is Internal Control?
The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) defines internal controls as:
A process, effected by an entity's board of directors, management, and other personnel, designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the achievement of objectives in the following categories:
- Effectiveness and efficiency of operations
- Reliability of reporting
- Compliance with applicable laws and regulations
The State of Alaska's senior management –
- Supports a robust system of internal controls
- Is committed to increasing awareness and understanding of internal controls policies and systems
- Strongly encourages adherence to internal controls processes
Responsibility for Internal Control
Although management is responsible for establishing and the performance of the internal control system, everyone in the organization has some responsibility for internal control.