Since Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act went into effect, both external and internal auditors have been unsure exactly how to treat "the work of others," not to mention "each other."The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board have made it clear that public auditors need to scrutinize companies more carefully, including their internal controls over financial reporting, but at a PCAOB roundtable discussion in April, auditors and corporate financial officers complained of the increased cost of these intensified audits.
One tempting way to minimize costs is to allow external auditors to use "the work of others," which can include work performed by people who work for the company that is being audited.
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