Time to get your two cents in regarding COSO

The COSO model shows up everywhere.  In the AICPA standards, in the Yellow Book, in the Red Book... and I have never liked it.  It is not intuitive.  By that I mean the five components of the original model - control environment, control activities, risk assessment, information and communication, and monitoring - don't cleanly fit together.  I have often wondered how the COSO organization came up with these groupings as there is plenty of confusing overlap.  
 
Looks like I will have a chance to say so.  The COSO model is undergoing revision.  The IIA released the following today:
COSO Announces Online Survey to Gain Input for Update to Internal Control - Integrated Framework

http://www.cosointernalcontrols.com/fs/fs-COSO2010.aspx 

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) today announced the launch of an online survey to gain input from a broad audience for updating the COSO Internal Control - Integrated Framework (Framework). COSO has undertaken a project to update the Framework initially published in 1992 to address key challenges presented by an increasingly complex business environment and help organizations worldwide better assess, design and manage internal control. The update is expected to provide more comprehensive and relevant conceptual guidance and practical examples, with a target publication date of 2012.

The survey constitutes one form of data gathering and analysis, alongside other mechanisms for input and regular meetings with the project Advisory Council comprised of representatives from industry, academia, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. In addition, the updated Framework will be exposed for public comment to capture any additional input from the general public.

COSO welcomes the participation of all who are familiar with the Framework and wish to provide their perspectives on what is still relevant, what is currently missing, and what needs to be refreshed. The survey is available on the COSO website at www.coso.org and will remain open until January 31, 2011. The survey can also be accessed athttp://www.cosointernalcontrols.com/fs/fs-COSO2010.aspx 

About COSO 
Originally formed in 1985 to sponsor the National Commission of Fraudulent Financial Reporting, COSO is a joint initiative of five private sector organizations and is dedicated to providing thought leadership through the development of frameworks and guidance on enterprise risk management, internal control and fraud deterrence. COSO’s supporting organizations are The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the American Accounting Association (AAA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Financial Executives International (FEI), and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). www.coso.org 
Posted By The IIA (The Institute of Internal Auditors)

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