Upsetting
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
 
I got this e-mail from the CFO of my company, and I swear it's right out of Kafka. I don't have a clue what it's about.

To all ____ Employees,

I am sure all of you have heard of the new Sarbanes-Oxley regulations. Because ____ is a public company, we are required to make changes to conform to the new rules. Specifically, we must document and test our formal internal control procedures and policies.

We recently retained Jefferson Wells International (JWI) to help us with this endeavor. One of the first items on their agenda will be to send out a general questionnaire to some of the internal staff. Your responses should be given directly to the JWI Engagement Manager, ____. Please be aware that your answers will be kept in the strictest confidence. Thereafter, ____ and his team will set up meetings to speak with some of you regarding specific processes and controls.

This is a big project with a short deadline. I know you are all busy but I am sure you realize the importance of this undertaking and will do everything you can to help us get the job done. Please be open and honest when describing procedures and processes. Remember, we brought JWI on board to help us with this process. If you believe that there are issues or potential control flaws, be sure to voice the situation to ensure that it will be addressed before the testing phase of the project.

I want to reiterate that you should consider this project to be of the highest importance. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact ____ or me.

Thank you,

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
 
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