Testing and Auditing: Sanctions Compliance Framework Element #4

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Testing And Auditing

Testing and auditing assess the effectiveness of current processes and check for inconsistencies between these and day-to-day operations. Comprehensive and objective testing or audit function within an Special Component Plan or SCP ensures that an organization identifies program weaknesses and deficiencies, and it is the organization’s responsibility to enhance its program, including all program-related software, systems, and other technology, to remediate any identified compliance gaps.

Such enhancements might include updating, improving, or recalibrating SCP elements to account for a changing risk assessment or sanctions environment. Testing and auditing can be conducted on a specific element of an SCP or at the enterprise-wide level.

Testing And Auditing

Testing and Auditing

A comprehensive, independent, and objective testing or audit function within an SCP ensures that entities are aware of where and how their programs are performing and should be updated, enhanced, or recalibrated to account for a changing risk assessment or sanctions environment, as appropriate. Testing or audit, whether conducted on a specific element of a compliance program or at the enterprise-wide level, are important tools to ensure the program is working as designed and identify weaknesses and deficiencies within a compliance program.

  1. The organization commits to ensuring that the testing or audit function is accountable to senior management, is independent of the audited activities and functions, and has sufficient authority, skills, expertise, resources, and authority within the organization. 
  2. The organization commits to ensuring that it employs testing or audit procedures appropriate to the level and sophistication of its SCP and that this function, whether deployed internally or by an external party, reflects a comprehensive and objective assessment of the organization’s OFAC-related risk assessment and internal controls. 
  3. The organization ensures that, upon learning of a confirmed negative testing result or audit finding about its SCP, it will take immediate and effective action, to the extent possible, to identify and implement compensating controls until the root cause of the weakness can be determined and remediated.
Testing And Auditing

Final Thoughts

An audit test is a set of control procedures or processes carried out by auditors, whether internal or external, that involve sampling a group of similar transactions to assess the accuracy and fairness of an individual’s or organization’s financial statements.

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