Independent auditing Who's Auditing Your Data Centre And Arming You With The Information Needed To Make Clear Decisions? How well do you know your data centre and what options are available to you and the partnering Ministries you work with every day? When was the last time an independent assessment was completed of the facility? As you know this information is imperative, and it allows any CIO the ability to make clear and confident decisions. The importance of accurate data presented in an easily consumable format is what separates the good from the great. In government, it is equally important to have focused initiatives that provide both cost savings as well as doing what is right for the pubic you represent. You enter your position with civic duty and your goal is to leave a legacy. We understand the government and our focus is to offer you and your team the necessary information to make good decisions. Public and private sectors both need to understand how and why government decisions are made and anticipate the effects of decisions on other parties. You need a partner with these valuable skills, experts that get the ins and outs of political decision-making across the Canadian and Provincial landscape. You need people who understand the needs of central and local governments, as well as regulatory bodies, public sector agencies and not-for-profit organizations. At Core Data Centres we provide you with the necessary tools that show how cost-effective it is with leveraging a data centre that’s only focused on government, agencies, and businesses that work with all levels of Federal, Provincial and Municipal bodies every day. A Strategic Partner in Government and Agency Compliance The increasingly complex federal and provincial procurement environment may bring fond reflections on what now seem to be simpler times. Contractors and their legal counsel are experiencing intensified government scrutiny over regulatory compliance, persistent budget uncertainties, increased cost pressures and lower margins, and the list of challenges goes on. This is fertile ground for compliance warfare where the cost of compliance is high, and the cost of noncompliance is even higher. Often overlooked or underappreciated, however, is the importance of Internal Audit in the company’s arsenal of defense against regulatory noncompliance. Internal Audit, with its company-wide purview, has the potential to serve as a strategic partner that counsel and the management team can use to identify and remedy potential landmines in your compliance infrastructure.Though the Internal Audit and Compliance functions share similar risk management objectives, the two serve very distinct purposes. The Compliance function primarily makes sure the company is following applicable government contract-related regulations. It also serves as a liaison between government auditors and company personnel, assists with responses to audit inquiries and data requests, addresses audit findings, and prepares required reports and disclosures. Said another way, the Compliance function handles most of the company’s tactical execution of compliance requirements.On the other hand, Internal Audit provides objective, top-down evaluations to the Board of Directors and management on whether or not the company’s policies, procedures, and internal controls are designed and operating effectively. Many Internal Audit departments traditionally focus on internal controls related to financial reporting and operational efficiency, leaving regulatory matters to the Compliance function. When used most effectively, Internal Audit extends its focus beyond basic financial and operational controls and lends its strategic mission to addressing regulatory compliance risks, fraud risks, and other matters of corporate compliance and business conduct.The following Exhibit shows how Internal Audit’s holistic view of the company intersects with the specific regulatory matters addressed by Compliance. Ask yourself what part of your company, if any, is proactively addressing the risks listed in the intersection of Internal Audit and Government Contracts Compliance. By defining and organizing your approach to both Internal Audit and Compliance, you can greatly reduce your overall risk.Convergence of internal audit and government contracts compliance:Establishing and leveraging these two functions in a coordinated way is a proven strategy to maximize risk management and achieve a competitive advantage through improved risk surveillance (strategy) and compliance discipline (tactics) at a reasonable cost. When Internal Audit is tasked with regulatory compliance oversight, management can better integrate and understand its full system of internal controls. If Internal Audit doesn’t have the requisite technical knowledge to address key government contract compliance risks, consider temporary assignments within the Compliance function, adding a Compliance resource to Internal Audit teams on assignments involving regulatory compliance, or co-sourcing certain internal audits to outside subject matter experts.Managing government contract compliance risk is more important than ever as the consequences of noncompliance become more severe and costly. Integrating Internal Audit and Compliance can not only mitigate risk, but also preserve the company’s reputation (which is difficult to regain at any cost). Forward-thinking, coordinated planning, and frequent communication are the keys to Internal Audit and Compliance becoming true partners in risk management. Start the discussions on how your company can combine the talents of Internal Audit and Compliance into a coordinated force to drive improved compliance.