33CFR105.415, doesn’t let us off the hook just yet.  The regulation goes on to say, “If the results of an audit require amendment of either the FSA or FSP, the FSO must submit, in accordance with § 105.410 of this subpart, the amendments to the cognizant COTP for review and approval no later than 30 days after completion of the audit and a letter certifying that the amended FSP meets the applicable requirements of this part.”  So, if an amendment is required, we need to address this promptly!

As we manage the paperwork related to the audit it is also important to be reminded that 18 USC 47 applies to all § 1001 states:  “Whoever … knowingly and willfully—

(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;

(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or

(3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;

shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.”

Well, there you have it, the audit is an important part of your facility’s overall security culture!  Be conscientious and keep your personnel, your facility your community and our Country safe and secure!!!