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Section 1: Internal Control

Internal Control Overview

Effective Date:


Approved By:

Associate Vice President for Financial Affairs

Last Revised On:


For Assistance Contact:

Assistant Vice President, Financial Affairs and Controller


To provide an overview of the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) internal control framework.


University of Texas (UT) System policy UTS142.1 - Policy on the Annual Financial Report assigns direct responsibility to the Institutional Financial Reporting Officer to establish internal controls over the preparation of the Annual Financial Report.


Table of Contents
  1. Definition
  2. Framework
    1. Control Environment
    2. Risk Assessment
    3. Control Activities
    4. Information and Communication
    5. Monitoring Activities

A. Definition

Internal control is a process, effected by the UT System Board of Regents and UTSA management and other employees, designed to provide reasonable assurance that UTSA's goals and objectives are being accomplished in these areas:

  • Operations: Effectiveness and efficiency of operations and safeguarding of assets;
  • Reporting: Includes but it not limited to reliability, timeliness and transparency of external and internal financial and non-financial reporting; and
  • Compliance with applicable laws, regulations and standards.

B. Framework

The UTSA internal control system is based on a framework of the following essential elements:

  1. Control Environment: See Financial Management Operational Guideline (FMOG) - Control Environment
  2. Risk Assessment: See FMOG - Risk Assessment
  3. Control Activities: See FMOG - Control Activities
  4. Information and Communication: See FMOG - Information and Communication
  5. Monitoring Activities: See FMOG - Monitoring Activities


Term Description
Financial Reporting Officer The UTSA Associate Vice President for Financial Affairs is designated as the Financial Reporting Officer.



Date Description
05/06/16 Updated 'Section A: Definition.'
06/21/11 Revised Section and Guideline titles and conducted revisions throughout guideline.
01/24/11 Removed Account Administrator definition from Definitions section, as term does not appear in guideline.
01/03/11 Published guideline.

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