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The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) is a joint initiative of the five private sector organizations listed on the left and is dedicated to providing thought leadership through the development of frameworks and guidance on enterprise risk management, internal control and fraud deterrence. We hope you will find the information on this site to be helpful and we welcome your input.

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What's New

December 9, 2016

COSO Internal Control Certificate Program Expands to On-Demand Access

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) announces launch of a self-study, on-demand learning program toward earning the COSO Internal Control Certificate. The program is being offered by The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) plans to offer the course in January. The on-demand learning program is geared to internal auditors, accountants, and other financial professionals, allowing candidates to demonstrate expertise in designing, implementing, and monitoring a system of internal control using COSO’s updated 2013 Internal Control—Integrated Framework.

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October 1, 2016

Comment Period for COSO ERM Framework Update Closed

COSO has concluded its call for public comment to the proposed update to its ERM Framework: Enterprise Risk Management—Aligning Risk with Strategy and Performance. Written comments submitted to date will become part of the public record and will be available on the COSO ERM website through Dec. 15, 2016.

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September 29, 2016

COSO Releases Fraud Risk Management Guide

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) announces the release of the Fraud Risk Management Guide, a new research report that offers a blueprint for helping organizations to establish an overall fraud risk-management program. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) is a co-sponsor of the project.

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September 12, 2016

Deadline for Comments to ERM Framework Update Approaches

COSO is continuing a call for public comment to the proposed update for its Enterprise Risk Management—Integrated Framework. Unveiled June 14th, Enterprise Risk Management—Aligning Risk with Strategy and Performance is designed to address the evolving needs of all organizations to improve their approach to managing new and existing risks as a way to help create, preserve, sustain and realize value. The comment period will end September 30th.

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June 14, 2016

ERM Framework Update Exposure Period Now Open

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) has unveiled an update to its Enterprise Risk Management—Integrated Framework and is seeking public comment of the proposal, from June 15 through Sept. 30. The update, Enterprise Risk Management—Aligning Risk with Strategy and Performance, is designed to address the needs of all organizations to improve their approach to managing new and existing risks as a way to help create, preserve, sustain, and realize value.

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June 14, 2016

Video: Enterprise Risk Management — Aligning Risk with Strategy and Performance

Hear from members of the COSO ERM Framework Update Advisory Council as they offer their insights on the proposed changes to the Framework and the need for public input. The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) is accepting comments on the update, Enterprise Risk Management — Aligning Risk with Strategy and Performance, from June 15 through Sept. 30.

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May 17, 2016

Academic Discount Offered on COSO IC Framework

Faculty and students at post-secondary academic institutions now have an option for low-cost, online access to one of the world’s most widely used frameworks for designing and implementing internal control programs, the COSO Internal Control—Integrated Framework (2013).

In a joint initiative, The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) and the American Accounting Association (AAA) are making the Framework and associated compendium bundle available for a $250 annual institutional fee. The AAA, one of the COSO’s five sponsoring organizations, will provide direct services to participating accounting and business departments through its Academic Access program.

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December 16, 2015

COSO Sponsors Offer New COSO Internal Control Certificate

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) today announced an Internal Control Certificate Program that offers financial professionals, including internal auditors and CPAs, the opportunity to earn a professional certificate in the 2013 COSO Internal Control—Integrated Framework.

The program is a combination of self-paced learning and a hands-on workshop, followed by an online examination. Upon successful completion of all three components, candidates will receive an official COSO certificate that demonstrates their ability to design and implement an effective system of internal control utilizing the COSO Internal Control—Integrated Framework.

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July 7, 2015

COSO Releases Thought Leadership Paper

In Leveraging COSO Across the Three Lines of Defense, authors Douglas J. Anderson and Gina Eubanks make a strong case for using the Three Lines of Defense Model, which addresses how specific duties related to risk and control should be assigned and coordinated.

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February 9, 2015

COSO Names Advisory Group for Enterprise Risk Management—Integrated Framework Update

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) announced the appointed group of advisors and observers for the project to review and update the 2004 Enterprise Risk Management—Integrated Framework (Framework). The group is made up of representatives from leading professional service, technological, legal, academic, and public organizations.

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January 14, 2015

COSO Releases Thought Leadership Paper

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) today announced the release of COSO in the Cyber Age, a thought leadership paper that provides direction on how the Internal Control—Integrated Framework (2013) and the Enterprise Risk Management—Integrated Framework (2004) can help organizations effectively and efficiently evaluate and manage cyber risks.

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January 6, 2015

COSO Expands Global Reach

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) today announced its 2013 Internal Control—Integrated Framework has been translated into Russian. The framework is now available in eight languages.

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November 5, 2014

COSO Online Survey Goes Live for Enterprise Risk Management—Integrated Framework Update

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) today launched an online survey for its current project to review and update the 2004 Enterprise Risk Management—Integrated Framework (Framework). The survey, created by the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) project team, seeks input and feedback from interested parties and is designed to capture views and insights regarding the current Framework and to collect suggestions for improvements.

The Framework, originally published in 2004, is a widely accepted framework used by management to enhance an organization’s ability to manage uncertainty and to consider how much risk to accept as it strives to increase stakeholder value.

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October 21, 2014

COSO Announces Project to Update Enterprise Risk Management—Integrated Framework

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) today announced a project to review and update the 2004 Enterprise Risk Management—Integrated Framework (Framework). The Framework, originally published in 2004, is a widely accepted framework used by management to enhance an organization’s ability to manage uncertainty and to consider how much risk to accept as it strives to increase stakeholder value..

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February 10, 2014

COSO Releases New Thought Leader Paper Demonstrating How Frameworks Improve Organizational Performance and Governance

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) announced today the release of a new thought paper, Improving Organizational Performance and Governance: How the COSO Frameworks Can Help, developed to illustrate how the enterprise risk management (ERM) and internal control frameworks can contribute to enhancing organizational performance and governance for sustainable success.

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June 25, 2013

Managing Sustainability Risks the Focus of COSO’s Latest Thought Leadership

In response to today’s highly competitive markets and the growing number of organizations integrating sustainability into their business operations, the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) and Ernst & Young LLP (EY) have published a new thought paper titled Demystifying Sustainability Risk: Integrating the triple bottom line into an enterprise risk management program.The thought paper leverages COSO’s Enterprise Risk Management—Integrated Framework to offer insight on how organizations can develop interrelated strategies and objectives across the enterprise that create a strong context for risk consideration, and references.

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June 6, 2013

Article Discusses Transition to 2013 Internal Control—Integrated Framework for Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 Compliance

COSO has issued an article aimed at assisting public companies comply with Section 404 of the U.S. Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. The article outlines an example of one approach to transitioning to COSO’s 2013 Internal Control—Integrated Framework (Framework) from the original Framework published in 1992.

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June 3, 2013

Leading Risk Management and Internal Control Professional Robert Hirth Named New Chairman of COSO

COSO has named Robert B. Hirth Jr. as its new Chairman for a three-year term effective today. A prolific thought leader, renowned risk management and internal control professional, Hirth was selected for this position after a four-month extensive search. Hirth succeeds David L. Landsittel, CPA, who has served as COSO chairman since 2009. 

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May 14, 2013

2013 Internal Control—Integrated Framework Released

COSO has issued the 2013 Internal Control—Integrated Framework (Framework). The Framework published in 1992 is recognized as the leading guidance for designing, implementing and conducting internal control and assessing its effectiveness. The 2013 Framework is expected to help organizations design and implement internal control in light of many changes in business and operating environments since the issuance of the original Framework, broaden the application of internal control in addressing operations and reporting objectives, and clarify the requirements for determining what constitutes effective internal control.

COSO has also issued Illustrative Tools for Assessing Effectiveness of a System of Internal Control and the Internal Control over External Financial Reporting (ICEFR): A Compendium of Approaches and Examples. The Illustrative Tools are expected to assist users when assessing whether a system of internal control meets the requirements set forth in the updated Framework. The ICEFR Compendium is particularly relevant to those who prepare financial statements for external purposes based upon requirements set forth in the updated Framework.

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