The American Institute of CPAs has issued new attest guidance that enables CPAs to report on the controls at a service organization, particularly ones that provide outsourced services to other companies via technologies like cloud computing.

Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16 (effective for service auditors’ reports for periods ending on or after June 15,  2011) supersedes the guidance for service auditors in SAS 70, and will be used to examine controls over services performed by a service organization that affect its customers’ internal control over financial reporting.

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