Warning Labels for Internal Audit Reports

In this increasingly litigious world, everyone faces the growing risk of lawsuits. Internal auditors have no magic charm that makes them exempt. And, as so many others have learned, one of the best defenses is to warn people of the potential limitations and hazards. With that in mind, I present a set of warning labels for internal audit reports. 

Controls in hindsight may be less impactful than they appear
 
Read, lather, repeat
 
May cause blurriness, trepidation, fatigue, or termination
 
Do not operate heavy machinery after implementing these recommendations
 
Caution: Findings may have shifted after your agreement
 
This product not intended to replace real thought
 
Keep out of reach of childlike minds
 
Concepts within this report may constitute a choking hazard
 
Not for human consumption.
 
Warning – reading may cause drowsiness
 
Do not reuse recommendations for subsequent audits
 
This product not intended for use as a risk management tool
 
Keep away from executives
 
Do not read with a blade or sharp implement nearby
 
Not dishwasher safe
 
Flammable if handled by irate personalities
 
There, don’t you feel safer now

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 by Mike Jacka

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  1. If these are really needed, auditing has WAY to many upper levels of review, with there own agendas that have nothing to do with the actual intention of the audit. Auditing isn't supposed to be the darling of the company or a propaganda tool! It is supposed to keep the 'company' in business by pointing out the facts that can limit success even if some would rather not acknowledge them. (OK, that was the idea a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. sigh...)

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