A-LIGN Blog

PCI Data Security Standard Version 3.0 – Breakdown of Changes to Anticipate

By: Gene Geiger, Partner of A-LIGN Following the 36 month lifecycle the PCI Security Standards Council (“Council”) has established for the published standards, Version 3.0 of the PCI Data Security Standard is in the final stages before it will be released on November 7, 2013. Through several webinars and documents provided to stakeholders, the Council has […]

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Webinar: “CFPB Examination – Getting Your Agency Ready!”

A-LIGN to present webinar entitled, “CFPB Examination – Getting Your Agency Ready!” on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, from 1-2 p.m. EST. The presentation will provide a high-level overview of the key areas that collection agencies should focus on as they prepare for the CFPB Examination.

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A-LIGN will participate in Junior Achievement’s (JA) Pep Rally at the Alley Bowl-A-Thon

A-LIGN will participate in Junior Achievement’s (JA) Pep Rally at the Alley Bowl-A-Thon on November 9, 2013. Junior Achievement’s annual Bowl-A-Thon is a fundraising event to encourage companies to participate and support in the funding of JA’s programs, which focus on mentoring students, K-12th grade, in the areas of work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. […]

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Payroll Company Controls: From an Internal and External Perspective

By: Sue Wells, Senior Consultant at A-lign CPAs Internal Controls vs. External Controls – What are we talking about? For a payroll company, many of the controls that are executed on a daily basis are designed to ensure that the payroll company’s client’s financial reports will not be mis-stated, and that the information gathered from […]

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CFPB Examination Frequently Asked Questions

By: Sara McLane, Senior Consultant at A-LIGN During the ACA Int’l Conference last week, we answered many questions regarding the CFPB exam and what offerings we, as an independent third-party audit firm, can provide the ARM industry in preparation for the highly anticipated exam. Below is a list we have compiled of the most frequently […]

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Updates to the COSO Internal Control – Integrated Framework: Breakdown of What it Means for Management

By: Scott Price, Managing Partner of A-LIGN On May 14, 2013, COSO’s board issued an updated version of its “Internal Control – Integrated Framework,” originally published in 1992. The updated Framework incorporates input from various organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Internal Auditors, public accounting firms, and regulators. The revised […]

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Managed Service Providers: Understanding which Compliance Audit is Right for You

By: Gene Geiger, Partner of A-LIGN Security and Compliance Services As a provider of managed services, your customers are entrusting you with the responsibility for some of the controls that could impact the integrity, availability and confidentiality of their data. Although they transfer the responsibility for the controls, the ultimate accountability remains with your customers and […]

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Why Payroll Companies are Subject to a SSAE 16 Examination

By: Scott Price, Managing Partner of A-LIGN Classification First, lets get down to the basics.  Payroll companies are classified as “classic” service organizations.  This is due to the fact that payroll companies typically use the same processes, procedures, controls, and systems to process payroll for a variety of companies.

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Comprehend Compliance: A-LIGN Speakers are Available for your Next Event!

Looking for qualified compliance professionals to speak at your next event? A-LIGN is pleased to offer speakers who are strictly focused in the regulatory compliance arena and posses extensive knowledge in the following industries: payroll, collections, healthcare, data and information management.

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Ask A-LIGN: When receiving our first SSAE 16 audit, if the auditors find minor mistakes, will we have the opportunity to correct them?

By: Scott Price, Managing Partner of A-LIGN Answer: I hear this question often and, my answer is, “it depends.” I realize this is not the response most of you were hoping for, but I will elaborate. If your audit is a Type 1 SSAE 16, you can elect to have the review date of the report […]

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