I do not have a signature line. The audits are addressed to the department manager with a CC to their respective executive management member. I have standard verbiage at the end of each audit that reads:
Last edited by EdOils; 02/13/15 08:29 PM.
It is respectfully requested that the appropriate management official(s) issue a written response to the findings and recommendations listed above by DATE. The Audit Department requests that you respond to each comment in one of the following manners:
* I agree with the recommendations offered by the Audit Department and will implement such by (provide date of implementation).
* I disagree with the finding/recommendation made because (give specific reasons and written documentation to support your statement).
* I agree with the finding, however I offer as an alternative to the recommendation (give alternative).
By issuing their response and including that with the report to the Audit Committee, you bring both sides of the story, and you get management's buy in to the process. Additionally, the next time you audit that area, you can go back and verify that management has done what they said they would do.
I wish I could take credit for the idea, but I picked that up from a very smart auditor I worked with in my previous banking life.
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