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Financials, Accounting & Lending

With our Audit & Consulting team at Cornerstone Resources, you gain the peace of mind that comes from knowing you're up to date and in compliance with changing regulatory rules. When you engage our expert auditors to conduct your audits, reviews, and other specialty assessment needs, you're free to focus on your biggest asset: your members.

Feel confident outsourcing with us. We can perform most of our services remotely because we deliver your information through our secure CU Driver portal. Be sure to schedule our auditors ahead of time, so we're there when you need us.

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We can help you stay compliant and manage risk.

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Firsthand experience into regulatory and compliance challenges

Cornerstone Resources provides a deep understanding that comes from having worked with credit unions for more than 50 years. We only focus on credit unions, which gives us firsthand experience into the regulatory and compliance challenges you face. Applying this experience and the knowledge from our highly trained staff, we can help you manage your credit union’s risk.

Why Choose Us?

various asset sizes

Service for credit unions of any asset size

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Solutions other CPA firms can’t provide, such as consulting

documentation

Work paper delivery for a smoother examination process

 

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Secure portal for document delivery and storage

 

Services

Supervisory Committee Annual Reviews (Financial Audit)

We offer two levels of Supervisory Committee Annual Reviews (SCARs): Full Scope (recommended) and Limited Scope. Both of these financial audits use generally accepted auditing procedures with emphasis on review of the general ledger (accounting), lending, and internal controls.

Full-Scope

The Full Scope SCAR is more robust in the areas and content reviewed, as compared with the Limited Scope SCAR. You can expect the following services, depending on need:

  • Every general ledger account with a balance will be reviewed
  • Testing of income and expenses will be performed
  • A thorough internal control questionnaire will be completed
  • Lending may include a review of consumer loans, business loans, mortgage lending, and credit cards

Limited-Scope

The Limited Scope SCAR is based on minimum agreed-upon procedures, and you can expect:

  • Specific general ledger accounts and limited loan review
  • Address of minimum standards specifically developed by regulators and CPAs

Internal Audit Program

Our Internal Audit Program is designed to aid your board of directors and supervisory/audit committee in performing their basic duties as volunteers. The thoroughness of our Internal Audit Program depends on the type of visits you require, the member services you offer, and the complexity of your operation. Our Internal Audit Program, allows you:

  • Choice in the frequency of audits: monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly, etc.
  • Customized contacts with designated auditors
  • In-depth review of your credit union’s operations
  • Review of adherence to policies, regulations, and compliance  
  • Narrower areas of review: lending, operations, specific compliance, cash, accounting control, and internal controls

Member Account Verification

Federal and state regulators require a credit union to verify their members’ accounts with its records at least every two years. The bylaws of a credit union, however, may require the audit be performed annually. Member account verification:

  • Ensures you maintain the independence and compliance of the audit, 
  • Prevents fraud and identify errors in the accounts or statements, and 
  • Is most efficient when conducted with a quarterly statement run, which also saves on additional processing costs. 

BSA/CIP/OFAC Compliance Reviews

Credit unions must undertake an annual review of procedures and documentation relating to requirements of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Customer Identification Programs (CIP), and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Make sure Audit and Consulting Services are on your schedule to conduct your compliance reviews.

BSA/CIP

These reviews are required every 12 to 18 months, commensurate with the credit union’s BSA/AML risk profile. 


OFAC

OFAC reviews are required every 12 to 18 months based on the credit union’s OFAC risk profile or known or perceived risks


Commercial Lending Services

Our commercial lending services can help your member business lending operations in the following ways:

Annual Reviews

We will conduct complete annual reviews and review current risk grades to determine if your MBLs are adequately graded and if additional funding is needed in your ALLL account, based on risk level.

Commercial Loan Underwriting

We offer underwriting for credit unions that do not have experienced staff to underwrite MBL loans.

Covenant Reviews

We'll conduct complete annual or quarterly covenant reviews to ensure compliance with loan agreements.

Documents. We will review your MBL documents to ensure they're compliant and that terms are being followed adequately.

Impact Analysis

We'll delve into your loan program and ask the hard questions: Have you evaluated the impact of COVID-19 on your loans? Do you have contingency plans? What modifications or safeguards do you have in place? Are certain recorded commercial loans still viable, and are they making money for the credit union?

Loan Modifications

We can help you evaluate your loan portfolio or facilitate the underwriting and approval process for those critical member business loans.

Policy Reviews

We can ensure your policies are compliant with NCUA 723 and make sure they're being followed through the MBL lending process.

Portfolio Risk Analysis

Let us review your existing MBL portfolio concentrations and risk gradings to determine the impact of new economic challenges. We will provide projections and help you plan for solutions to mitigate future loan losses.

Programs

If you don't have a member business lending program, you might be missing an opportunity. We'll help you establish a program that provides value-added services to your members.

Training

We can provide MBL training to your staff, as well as consulting. If you want to be lender with the Small Business Administration, we can teach your staff underwriting and how to navigate the nuances of the system.


ACH Audit

Credit unions are required to conduct audits for compliance with ACH rules, according to the general audit requirements specified by the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA), by Dec. 31 of each year. Generally, only the ACH processors in the credit union fully understand the ACH function; however, since the audit should not be performed by staff involved with the daily processing of ACH files, auditing adherence to rules by the credit union's audit committee can be a challenge. 

That's where Cornerstone Resources can come in as your independent external auditor. Our professionals have: 

  • Performed more than 2,300 ACH audits since 2000.
  • Been exposed to ACH processes at a broad variety of credit unions. 
  • Worked on many computer systems and understand how ACH entries post on those systems, as well as how credit union staff handles returns.

And, our specialists can conduct an ACH audit in two days, whereas an audit committee might take weeks to complete the audit requirements. 

ACH Risk Assessment

To meet the requirements of the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA), every participating depository financial institution must conduct or have conducted a risk assessment of its ACH activities, implement a risk management program based on the assessment findings, and comply with the requirements of the regulators. Our ACH Risk Assessment evaluates the following areas of risk:

  • ACH and information technology—ACH processing
  • ACH audit and compliance
  • ACH policies and procedures
  • Business continuity/recovery
  • Credit 
  • Exception handling 
  • General ledger account reconcilement
  • Money laundering activity
  • User security settings

 

Special Services

Our Special Services includes a wide variety of assistance developed to help credit unions with their unique needs and includes:

Consultations

  • Accounting document of resolution (DOR) 
  • Analysis 
  • Budgeting 
  • Remedial accounting 
  • Specified account reconciliation

Audits

  • Bond claims, forensic audits, or fraud audits
  • One-day credit union internal audits
  • Specialty audits, customized and based on the needs of the credit union and management

Outsourcing

  • Accounting
  • Back-office accounting
  • Call report preparation

Training for staff or management

  • Accounting
  • Call reports

Reviews

  • Allowance account adequacy reviews
  • Change of management reviews 
  • Collection reviews:
    • Efficiencies 
    • Procedures of collections
    • Repossessions, including disposition
  • Customizable reviews:
    • Accounting
    • Internal control 
    • Operations
  • End-of-month (EOM) packet reviews
  • Insider statement reviews
  • Lending reviews:
    • Commercial lending
    • Consumer lending (auto, unsecured)
    • Credit card
    • Real estate