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Financial Institution Letters

Annual Audit and Reporting Requirements
Internal Control Attestation Standards for Independent Auditors
FIL-5-2008
February 1, 2008


Summary: The FDIC is providing the attached guidance on the internal control attestation standards that auditors of insured institutions with $1 billion or more in total assets should follow to comply with the FDIC's audit and reporting requirements in Part 363 of the FDIC's regulations.

Highlights:

  • Part 363 of the FDIC's regulations requires assessments of internal control over financial reporting by both management and independent auditors for insured institutions with $1 billion or more in total assets.
  • Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act imposes similar internal control requirements on public companies. On May 24, 2007, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) adopted Auditing Standard No. 5 (AS 5).
  • Generally, auditors of public institutions that are accelerated filers will follow AS 5 for Section 404 purposes for fiscal years ending on or after November 15, 2007.
  • Generally, auditors of public institutions that are non- accelerated filers will follow AS 5 for Section 404 purposes for fiscal years ending on or after December 15, 2008.
  • In response to questions it has received, the FDIC has determined that auditors' internal control reports issued under AS 5 satisfy the requirements of Part 363.
  • For non-public institutions, auditors may follow the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' (AICPA) attestation standards, known as "AT 501," when reporting on internal controls.
  • Auditors of public institutions that are non-accelerated filers need only follow AT 501 to satisfy Part 363 until AS 5 takes effect for non-accelerated filers in 2008.
  • For Part 363 purposes, the scope of financial reporting includes financial statements prepared for regulatory reporting.

Distribution:
FDIC-Insured Institutions With $500 Million or More
in Assets

Suggested Routing:
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Board of Directors
Audit Committee

Related Topics:
Federal Deposit Insurance Act Section 36
Part 363 of the FDIC's Regulations

Attachment:
Guidance on Part 363 Internal Control Attestation Standards for Independent Accountants
Guidance on Part 363 Internal Control Attestation Standards for Independent Accountants - PDF (PDF Help)

Contact:
FDIC Regional Accountant or Harrison Greene,
Senior Policy Analyst, Division of Supervision and
Consumer Protection, on 202-898-8905 or
hgreene@fdic.gov

Printable Format:
FIL-5-2008 - PDF (PDF Help)

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Last Updated 2/1/2008 communications@fdic.gov