2017 Assessment of the Effectiveness of Internal Financial Controls
- Post by Carol Ellis
- March 27, 2018
Section 2800(1)(a)(9) and Section 2800(2)(a)(8) of Public Authorities Law require all public authorities to complete an annual assessment of the effectiveness of their internal control structures and procedures.
The intent of the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency’s (IDA) system of internal control shall be to:
This system of internal control includes performing an annual assessment to identify potential weaknesses in policies or procedures and to implement corrective actions.
This assessment shall identify significant weaknesses in controls, recognize emerging or inherent risks, and to enable early detection of existing or potential problems.
If an internal control system is working effectively, the IDA Board will have a reasonable indication of the reliability of its operating practices and the accuracy of the information it is using to measure its activities and performance. Any deficiencies identified as a result of the assessment shall be addressed by the IDA Board.
A. The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency utilizes an internal control system to preserve the assets of the organization.
B. System procedures shall be reviewed annually by the independent auditors who will make recommendations to the Board of Directors for suggested changes.
C. In addition, during the year, changes may be recommended by IDA’s management. However, such changes shall not be implemented until reviewed by independent auditors and approved by the IDA Board.
2. Cash Receipts:
A. The Chief Financial Officer shall open the daily mail and make copies of the checks received and file same.
B. The Chief Financial Officer shall prepare and make a bank deposit as needed.
C. Upon completion of the deposit, the Chief Financial Officer shall enter the deposit in the appropriate Agency’s records.
D. All bank accounts shall be reconciled monthly.
3. Cash Disbursements:
A. All purchases shall be made according to the IDA’s Procurement Policy. The IDA’s Procurement Policy shall be reviewed annually by the IDA Board.
B. All invoices received shall be reviewed by the Chief Financial Officer and verified for accuracy and completeness. The Chief Financial Officer shall then forward them to the Executive Director for review for completeness and accuracy.
C. Once reviewed and approved by both the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director, the Chief Financial Officer shall transfer the necessary funds and prepare a check for payment.
D. All IDA checks shall have two (2) signatures. One shall be by the Chief Financial Officer. The second shall be by an authorized member of the IDA Board. In the absence of the Chief Financial Officer, the second signature can be by another member of the Audit Committee. The Executive Director shall not be an authorized signer.
E. An authorized signer may not sign his/her check for reimbursement of approved travel, unless signed by a second IDA Board member.
4. Budget Reports:
A. Budget Reports shall be prepared regularly by the Chief Financial Officer in a format approved by the Board of Directors.
B. Budget Reports includes the following information:
C. All Budget Reports shall be reviewed by the Executive Director prior to presentation to the IDA Board.
D. All investment of IDA funds shall be in accordance with investment policies. Investment activities shall be reported to the Board monthly. All investment decisions must have the Executive Director’s approval after review for compliance with current investment policies.
5. Quarterly Tax Returns:
A. Quarterly Federal and State Tax Returns shall be signed by the IDA Treasurer or any member of the Audit Committee.
6. Bank Statement:
A. The Chief Financial Officer shall provide at each IDA Board of Directors’ meeting a copy of the latest Bank Statement to verify the funds actually in the IDA’s bank account. (Added January 9, 2018.)
A. Define the IDA’s Primary Functions:
B. Determine Risks:
C. Review Existing Internal Control Systems in Place:
D. Assess the Extent to Which the Internal Control System is Effective:
E. Take Corrective Action:
A. Section 2800(2)(a)(8) of the Public Authorities Law:
“The IDA Board of Directors has documented and assessed the internal control structure and procedures off the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency for the year ending December 31, 2017. This assessment found the IDA’s internal controls were determined to be adequate, and to the extent that deficiencies were identified, the IDA has developed corrective action plans to reduce any corresponding risk.”
B. Public Authorities Reporting Information System (PARIS):
“The IDA Board of Directors has documented and assessed the internal control structure and procedures of the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency for the year ending December 31, 2017. This assessment found the IDA’s internal controls, as amended, were determined to be adequate and no deficiencies were identified. No corrective action plans are required.”
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