New COSO Updated ERM Framework – Coming Soon – End of June, Perhaps – Could Be Very Important

Just a heads up, a source has suggested that the new long-anticipated COSO (Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission) ERM update might finally be out at the end of June. COSO is spending a very long time (since October 2014) preparing and vetting this “update” of the 2004 Enterprise Risk Management — Integrated Framework. COSO’s sponsoring organizations are the American Accounting Association (AAA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Financial Executives International (FEI), The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), and the National Association of Accountants (now the Institute of Management Accountants [IMA]), and the Commission includes representatives from industry, public accounting, investment firms, and SROs (exchanges).

We’ll have to wait and see what we get with this “update,” which will either simply be a relatively unimpressive or vague tweak, or a useful, modernized, sufficiently detailed guide which might become the standard to achieve, or somewhere in between. I’m hopeful for the useful version – ERM needs a big boost – this “update” is important. I find that there really are only three ways to provide this type of boost: sponsorship and push by large or influential organizations and people, mandatory (i.e., by law, regulation or rule) adoption, or, sometimes, push and expectancy by the public.

Here is the link to the COSO website

Best to you, David Tate, Esq., Litigation, D&O, audit committees, etc., Royse Law Firm

Forwarding a worthwhile paper discussing objective based risk management

I am forwarding a link to a short article by Tim Leech and Lauren Hanlon discussing, as they say, Paradigm paralysis in ERM & internal audit. I am providing you with this article because of the discussion between risk management that first and primarily identifies risk, and one that first starts with the objectives of the enterprise, and then follows with the risks to those objectives.

You might also be aware that soon, perhaps next month in September, COSO will be making available its eagerly awaited ERM update, which could be an important development.

Below is the link to the Leech/Hanlon paper (I do also note that they lost me a little with the sample summary report on the second page of the paper – I prefer reports that very easily speak for themselves – but I have found that sometimes professionals with Tim’s experience tend to write in a manner that is not always the most easy or simple to understand). This is a worthwhile paper – please read it.  Dave Tate, Esq., San Francisco and California.