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PDFWAC 284-07-217

Management's report of internal control over financial reporting.

(1) Every insurer required to file an audited financial report under WAC 284-07-100 through 284-07-230 that has annual direct written and assumed premiums, excluding premiums reinsured with the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation and federal flood program, of five hundred million dollars or more must prepare a report of the insurer's or group of insurers' internal control over financial reporting, as these terms are defined in WAC 284-07-110. The report must be filed with the commissioner along with the Communications of Internal Control Related Matters Noted in an Audit described under WAC 284-07-190. Management's report of internal control over financial reporting shall be as of December 31 immediately preceding.
(2) Notwithstanding the premium threshold in subsection (1) of this section, the commissioner may require an insurer to file management's report of internal control over financial reporting if the insurer is in any RBC level event, or meets any one or more of the standards of an insurer deemed to be in hazardous financial condition as defined in WAC 284-16-310.
(3) An insurer or group of insurers that is:
(a) Directly subject to Section 404;
(b) Part of a holding company system whose parent is directly subject to Section 404;
(c) Not directly subject to Section 404 but is a SOX compliant entity; or
(d) A member of a holding company system whose parent is not directly subject to Section 404 but is a SOX compliant entity may file its or its parent's Section 404 Report and an addendum in satisfaction of this section's requirement provided that those internal controls of the insurer or group of insurers having a material impact on the preparation of the insurer's or group of insurers' audited statutory financial statements (those items included in WAC 284-07-130 (2)(b) through (g)) were included in the scope of the Section 404 Report. The addendum must be a positive statement by management that there are no material processes with respect to the preparation of the insurer's or group of insurers' audited statutory financial statements (those items included in WAC 284-07-130 (2)(b) through (g)) excluded from the Section 404 Report. If there are internal controls of the insurer or group of insurers that have a material impact on the preparation of the insurer's or group of insurers' audited statutory financial statements and those internal controls were not included in the scope of the Section 404 Report, the insurer or group of insurers may either file:
(i) A WAC 284-07-217 report; or
(ii) The Section 404 Report and a WAC 284-07-217 report for those internal controls that have a material impact on the preparation of the insurer's or group of insurers' audited statutory financial statements not covered by the Section 404 Report.
(4) Management's report of internal control over financial reporting must include:
(a) A statement that management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting;
(b) A statement that management has established internal control over financial reporting and an assertion, to the best of management's knowledge and belief, after diligent inquiry, as to whether its internal control over financial reporting is effective to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial statements in accordance with statutory accounting principles;
(c) A statement that briefly describes the approach or processes by which management evaluated the effectiveness of the internal control over financial reporting;
(d) A statement that briefly describes the scope of work that is included and whether any internal controls were excluded;
(e) Disclosure of any unremediated material weaknesses in the internal control over financial reporting identified by management as of December 31 immediately preceding. Management is not permitted to conclude that the internal control over financial reporting is effective to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial statements in accordance with statutory accounting principles if there is one or more unremediated material weakness in its internal control over financial reporting;
(f) A statement regarding the inherent limitations of internal control systems; and
(g) Signatures of the chief executive officer and the chief financial officer (or equivalent position/title).
(5) Insurers must electronically file management's report of internal control over financial reporting, as described in subsection (1) of this section, in PDF or other format as noted on the commissioner's web site.
(6) Management must document and make available upon financial condition examination the basis upon which its assertions, required in subsection (4) of this section, are made. Management may base its assertions, in part, upon review, monitoring and testing of internal controls undertaken in the normal course of its activities.
(a) Management shall have discretion as to the nature of the internal control framework used, and the nature and extent of documentation, in order to make its assertion in a cost-effective manner and, as such, may include assembly of or reference to existing documentation.
(b) Management's report on internal control over financial reporting, required by subsection (1) of this section, and any documentation provided in support thereof during the course of a financial condition examination, must, to the extent provided by law, be kept confidential by the commissioner.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060, 48.05.250, 48.44.050, 48.46.095, 48.46.200, 48.125.090, 48.05.073, 48.05.383, 48.44.095, and 48.46.080. WSR 14-15-149 (Matter No. R 2013-25), § 284-07-217, filed 7/23/14, effective 8/23/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060, 48.44.050, 48.46.200, 48.05.250, 48.44.095, 48.46.080, 48.46.200, and 48.125.090. WSR 09-20-069 (Matter No. R 2009-09), § 284-07-217, filed 10/5/09, effective 11/5/09.]
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