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Business Planning: Feedback?
By Michael Pregmon, Jr., Ph.D., CICP
Dr. Michael Pregmon, Jr. COO and Managing Director
In previous editions of this newsletter we briefly covered various sections that comprise a framework for a business plan. This can be used for planning in the internal control activity or even for a complete ongoing business operation. Here are the sections of a business plan that were considered. Each section is identified in the form of a question. The component questions are:
Where are we?
Where do we want to go?
How are we going to get there?
Who is responsible?
How much will it cost?
When will it be done?
In this edition we will address the last section of a business plan.
The Feedback Loop
The last section is essentially the "report card" of the plan. It is the springboard for launching into next year's plan. In this section, we assess how we did throughout the year in accomplishing the goals/strategies we established in section 2. This analysis is typically completed at the end of the cycle (year) and before beginning the next cycle.
This section oftentimes creates one of the major frustrations of a business planner in that the plan never ends. From here, it continues to the next year's cycle. Nevertheless, some important things must be considered here before moving on to the next cycle.
Did we complete all goals/strategies identified in section 2 as expected and on time? You may recall in that section we addressed the issue of "goal stretch." This is the technique of pursuing objectives a bit beyond our "reach." Missing the target dates of these may be considered for inclusion in next year's cycle. But more importantly, did we satisfy and complete those critical goals identified for this period?
Missing some target goals or dates may not be tragic if these do not impact our operation. But, in each of these instances where we missed the target, we need to assess whether the objective needs to be refined and/or included in the next planning cycle.
When we complete this analysis of the year's accomplishments, we're ready to LOOP into next year's planning cycle.
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ICI has entered into an agreement with Internal Control Institute of Botswana (ICI Botswana":) as its representative for Products, Services and Internal Control Certifications (CICS/CICP) in this territory. ICI Botswana will be responsible for all development activities in this area, including professional training and Certification. Individuals or companies interested in internal control training or Certification should contact:
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The CICS exam is now being provided in Arabic. Osool Training and Consulting has courses and testing available in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Muscat, Sudan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Palestine.
21 - 24 June 2020 - Cairo, Egypt
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ICI has entered into an agreement with GRC Consultancy Pte Ltd. (ICI Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan) as its representative for Products, Services and Internal Control Certifications (CICS/CICP) in those territories.
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Each month the staff of The Internal Control Institute reviews hundreds of articles related to Internal Control and Corporate Governance. Here are brief summaries of some of the top articles (along with links to the original article) that may be of interest to you.
Quiz: Are you ready to audit these areas of heightened risk?
Many audit clients with 2020 year ends will have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic during the period under audit. Auditing these clients will present unique challenges and risks unlike what auditors have seen in prior years. Are you up to speed in these areas of heightened risk?
The market for directors and officers liability insurance has been out of kilter since the start of the year, with more demand than supply. Now, the D&O market is nearly frozen, and companies are scrambling to adequately insure those serving on their boards or as part of management. Premiums for D&O coverage in the U.S. market have risen around 100 percent from this time last year and could go a lot higher. Even with the higher premiums, insurers are still trimming available coverage, sometimes by increasing deductibles and lowering caps on payouts. The disruption of the D&O market has also resulted in some companies being unable to afford coverage; others are choosing to forgo it
Novartis agreed to pay around $336 million to settle US charges connected to bribery schemes aimed at increasing sales of its pharmaceutical products, US authorities announced Thursday.
Novartis Greece, a unit of the Swiss drug giant, admitted to financing travel of employees of state-owned hospitals to the US between 2012 and 2015 "as a means to bribe these officials," the Justice Department said.Novartis Greece also admitted that in 2009 and 2010 it funneled money to health care providers as part of an epidemiological study that was "used as a vehicle" for improper payments to increase sales of drugs, the agency said.
Over the last two years, the Securities and Exchange Commission has set its sights on distributor and reseller relationships, and excoriated companies that failed to adequately manage and supervise them. The focus on these third-party relationships is part of the agency's broader application of the FCPA's internal controls provision in an increasingly aggressive manner. Indeed, I believe the SEC is on an
internal controls rampage, using the provision to ratchet up the minimum compliance obligations that public companies must apply to their third parties.
Public companies need to carefully consider their obligations in disclosing the coronavirus pandemic's effect on their operations, liquidity, and capital resources, according to staff guidance issued Tuesday by the SEC Division of Corporation Finance. The division is monitoring how companies are disclosing the effects and risks related to the pandemic on their businesses, financial condition, and operating results. The staff guidance has no legal force or effect, but it provides the views of the Division of Corporation Finance on pandemic-related issues. The guidance encourages companies to provide disclosures that help investors evaluate the current and expected impact of the pandemic through the eyes of management. As facts and circumstances change, companies are advised to proactively revise and update disclosures.
The statement came after the commission last month asked companies to strengthen supervision of fund managers' use of personal communication devices at work."Companies are expected to maintain better discipline as breaches by a few workers could jeopardize public trust in the asset management industry," Securities and Futures Bureau Chief Secretary Kuo Chia-chun told a news conference in New Taipei City. The commission would not make it mandatory for fund managers to hand in their mobile phones when entering trading rooms or offices, Kuo said. However, companies must set clear internal controls and conduct solid risk management, she said, adding that while most companies do not allow fund managers to use private devices at work, they fail to maintain effective internal control.
In March 2020, in the context of a global pandemic leading to another economic recession, Tim Bray resigned his position as Vice President and Senior Engineer at Amazon because he believed Amazon retaliated against whistleblowers who spoke out during the pandemic and voiced safety concerns
History has taught us that economic recessions not only unfortunately encourage fraud but also cause existing unethical conduct to come to light. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented global economic crisis and whistleblowing is, as expected, already on the rise.
The former CEO of German payment service provider Wirecard has been arrested in an accounting scandal that centers on a missing sum of 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 billion), prosecutors in Munich said Tuesday. Markus Braun resigned on Friday after the company disclosed that auditors couldn't find accounts containing the money. On Monday, Wirecard said it has concluded that the money probably doesn't exist.
Prosecutors said a court issued an arrest warrant shortly afterward and Braun turned himself in on Monday evening.
He is accused of inflating the company's balance sheet and revenue, "possibly in collaboration with further perpetrators," in order to "portray the company as financially stronger and more attractive for investors and clients," they said in a statement.
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