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Appendix C

INTERNAL CONTROL QUESTIONNAIRE

I. Agency Information:

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Name

 

Employer ID #


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Street Address

 

Telephone


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City/State/Zip

   
     

Chief Executive Officer:

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Name

 

Title

     

Chief Financial Officer:

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___________________________________

Name

 

Title



Primary Contact for Programs of Financial Assistance Received from the N. C. Department of Health and Human Services:

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Name

 

Title

     

Auditor:

______________________________________

 

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Name of Firm

 

Telephone

______________________________________    

Date of Last Completed Audit

   


For Non-Governmental Agencies Only:

Age of Agency:

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Less than 3 years

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3 - 5 Years

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5 - 10 Years

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Over 10 Years

How long has agency received funding from the State?

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This is the first year

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Less than 3 years

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3 - 5 Years

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Over 5 Years

How many programs or services are operated by the agency?

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1 or less

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2 - 5

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Over 5

   

II. Self-Assessment:

   

Yes

 

No

 

N/A

General Environment:

           
  1. Are there written policies and internal operating procedures that have been approved by the governing body or senior management?

 

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_

 

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  1. Does the agency have a code of ethical conduct that has been made available to all employees?

 

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  1. Are procedures documented, kept current and readily available for daily use by all employees?

 

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  1. Are roles and responsibilities clearly defined in writing and communicated?

 

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  1. Does management understand the knowledge and skills required to accomplish key tasks?

 

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  1. Is management involved in and actively encourage training?

 

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  1. Does management use budgets or spending plans to review the agency's financial performance?

 

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  1. Are periodic reports on the status of actual performance to budget prepared and reviewed by top management?

 

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  1. Are all accounting activities under the supervision of a knowledgeable accounting supervisor?

 

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  1. Does management actively follow-up on complaints from customers/ clients/consumers?

 

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  1. Has the agency established performance goals for key areas and programs and does it compare its actual performance with its goals and objectives no less frequently than annually?

 

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  1. Is there an organizational chart that clearly defines the lines of management authority and responsibility?

 

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  1. Has management established a back-up plan for sudden or significant changes in personnel?

 

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  1. Does the agency have a formal, written record retention schedule that complies with State and federal requirements and timeframes?

 

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_

 

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  1. If the agency uses subrecipients, is a formal, written plan in place for monitoring subrecipients and is monitoring activity documented?

 

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  1. Are external audits performed on a routine, periodic basis?

 

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Yes

 

No

 

N/A

Accounts Payable:

           
  1. Has a written policy been put in place to ensure that the best possible prices are obtained for goods and services purchased?

 

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_

 

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  1. Are procedures in place to ensure that all purchases and procurements are in compliance with State and federal policies?

 

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_

 

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  1. Have procedures been established to identify before payment costs and expenditures that are not allowable from State or federal funds?

 

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  1. Are procedures in place to ensure that goods and services have been received in a satisfactory manner prior to payment being issued?

 

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  1. Is there adequate segregation of duties to ensure that different individuals order goods and services, attest to the satisfactory receipt of goods and services, issue payment, and balance bank statements?

 

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  1. Are bank statements and petty cash accounts balanced monthly?

 

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  1. If subsidiary expenditure journals are maintained, are they reconciled at least monthly with the general ledger?

 

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  1. Are payments made only on the basis of original invoices and are invoices cancelled when paid?

 

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  1. Is check signing limited to authorized personnel?

 

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  1. Are unused and voided checks adequately controlled?

 

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  1. Do knowledgeable personnel code invoices for payment?

 

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  1. Does the accounting system prevent obligation or expenditure of State or federal funds beyond the period of availability?

 

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Personnel/Payroll:

           
  1. Are agency personnel policies regarding leave, fringe benefits, recruitment and separation in writing?

 

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  1. Do all supervisors have access to a copy of the personnel policy manual?

 

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  1. Is nepotism or conflict of interest in employment prohibited?

 

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  1. Is information on employment applications verified and references obtained?

 

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  1. Are appropriate time records for leave maintained and are they reconciled at least annually?

 

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  1. Is the performance of all employees formally evaluated on at least an annual basis?

 

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  1. If employees work on more than one program or are paid from more than one funding source are appropriate personnel activity reports maintained and approved by a supervisor?

 

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  1. Is there adequate segregation of duties to ensure that different individuals process personnel action forms, process and distribute the payroll, and record the payroll in the general ledger?

 

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Yes

 

No

 

N/A

Accounts Receivable/Cash Receipting:

           
  1. Are procedures in place to ensure that billings are prepared and sent as soon as possible after the sale of goods or provision of services, not less frequently than monthly unless another interval is specified in a written contract?

 

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  1. Are remittance advices and billings maintained to support accounts receivable entries in the general ledger?

 

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  1. If subsidiary accounts receivable journals are maintained, are they reconciled at least monthly with the general ledger?

 

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  1. Are cash receipts properly and promptly documented, posted to accounts receivable records, and deposited?

 

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  1. Is there adequate segregation of duties to ensure that different individuals prepare billings, collect and deposit cash, and reconcile accounts receivable and cash receipts entries to the general ledger?

 

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  1. Do bank deposit slips have the official depository bank number preprinted on the document and are checks deposited noted on the deposit slip by maker and amount?

 

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  1. Are prenumbered receipts issued for all cash currency receipts and are all numbered receipts accounted for?

 

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  1. Are all employees handling cash receipts adequately bonded?

 

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  1. If required by the nature of the funding source or the agreement with the State, are receipts that represent Program Income properly identified, reported and used?

 

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Inventory/Fixed Assets:

           
  1. Does the agency maintain supplies on-hand in excess of the amount needed in a normal month? (If no, skip questions 2-5)

 

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  1. If so, does the agency maintain a perpetual inventory system?

 

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  1. Are receipts to and withdrawals from inventory properly documented?

 

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  1. Is the value of the supplies inventory recorded on the general ledger?

 

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  1. 5. Is a physical count of the inventory taken at least annually and are inventory records updated accordingly?

 

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  1. Does the agency have an equipment fixed asset capitalization policy requiring, at minimum, assets costing more than $5,000 to be capitalized?

 

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  1. Are fixed assets physically tagged upon receipt?

 

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  1. Is the value of fixed assets recorded in the general ledger?

 

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  1. Is a physical inventory of fixed assets taken at least annually and are fixed asset records updated accordingly?

 

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Eligibility:

           

Does the agency offer services that are governed by specific eligibility criteria? (If no, skip questions 2-6)

 

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  1. Is there an up-to-date manual available to staff performing eligibility functions?

 

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  1. Are staff performing eligibility functions adequately trained?

 

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  1. Is the information provided by the client verified by an independent third party?

 

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  1. Are client records periodically updated and reviewed to determine continued eligibility?

 

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  1. Is there adequate segregation of duties to ensure that different people determine eligibility and compute benefit payments or authorize services?

 

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Allowable Costs and Services:

           
  1. If the agency bills for indirect cost, has the indirect cost plan been approved by the cognizant federal agency or has it been prepared in accordance with applicable OMB Circular and audited by a Certified Public Accountant?

 

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  1. If the agency performs more than one service or is funded by more than one funding source, does it have a formal, written plan on how costs are to be allocated between services/funding sources? (If N/A, skip questions 3 and 4)

 

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  1. Does the cost allocation plan appropriately allocate cost to all benefiting programs?

 

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  1. Are the allocation bases current and reasonable?

 

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  1. Are benefit payments to individuals or payments for services to third parties on behalf of individual clients matched or compared to eligibility systems to ensure eligibility of the client?

 

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  1. Are controls in place to prevent overpayments or unauthorized payments to individuals or third parties?

 

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Other Controls:

           
  1. If the agency is required to provide matching funds or "in-kind" contributions, is match properly documented in the accounting records or do adequate records exist to support "in-kind" or volunteer contributions?

 

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  1. 2. If the agency engages in Real Property acquisitions, are there policies in place to ensure compliance with all State and federal regulations, including the Uniform Relocation Act (URA?)

 

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  1. If the agency uses federal funds to enter into construction contracts of more than $2000, are there controls in place to ensure that all workers under the contract are paid wages not less than the prevailing wage rates for the locality?

 

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III. Attestation:

Self-Assessment Completed by:

_____________________________________________________         _________

Signature

 

Date


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Print Name and Title

   


I hereby certify that the information reported above is correct and true to the best of my knowledge and belief:

_____________________________________________________         _________

Signature: Chief Executive Officer or Primary DHHS Contact

 

Date


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Print Name and Title

   

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