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NPRR330

Summary

Title: Change in Frequency of Four Protocol Required Audits from Annual to Periodic (formerly "Change in Frequency of Five Protocol Required Audits from Annual to Periodic")
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Status: Approved on 06/21/2011
Effective Dates:
07/01/2011

Action

Date Gov Body Action Taken Next Steps
06/21/2011 BOARD Approved
05/05/2011 TAC Recommended for Approval BOD consideration
04/21/2011 PRS Recommended for Approval TAC consideration
03/24/2011 PRS Recommended for Approval PRS review the IA.

Voting Record

Date Gov Body Motion Result
06/21/2011 BOARD To approve NPRR330 as recommended by TAC in the 5/5/11 TAC Report. Passed
05/05/2011 TAC To recommend approval of NPRR330 as recommended by PRS in the 4/21/11 PRS Report and as revised by TAC. Passed
04/21/2011 PRS To endorse and forward the 3/24/11 PRS Report as amended by the 4/5/11 ERCOT comments and Impact Analysis for NPRR330 to TAC Passed
03/24/2011 PRS To recommend approval of NPRR330 as revised by PRS. Passed

Vote tallies here reflect individual votes, not the weight of the votes by market segment. Affirmative votes are not recorded in these vote tallies. For additional details on the voting record, please consult the Recommendation or Action Report, or the official vote tally if available, as posted in the key documents.

Background

Status: Approved
Date Posted: Feb 24, 2011
Sponsor: ERCOT
Urgent: No
Sections: 1.4.3.1, 3.10, 17.3.3
Description: This Nodal Protocol Revision Request (NPRR) revises the frequency for the ERCOT Internal Audit Department to perform audits from an annual basis to a periodic basis. This NPRR impacts: (1) Three annual ERCOT Internal Audit Department-performed audits that are required by paragraph (2) of Section 1.4.3.1: (a) Ethics Compliance Audit -- Compliance with Code-of-Conduct and Ethics Corporate Standard (b) Confidentiality Compliance Audit -- Compliance with Confidentiality and Protected Information Provisions of Protocols (c) Independence Verification Audit -- ERCOT Administration of Protocols is Independent of Market Participants. The ERCOT Internal Audit Department has performed the above three audits annually since 2008. (2) One independent audit required by paragraph (5) of Section 3.10: (a) Audit of Consistent Information in Operations Models This is a new Nodal Protocol required audit and is being performed for the first time in 2011 by the ERCOT Internal Audit Department. (3) One audit required by Section 17.3.3: (a) Audit of ERCOT Market Monitoring Data Handling Processes This is a new Nodal Protocol required audit and is being performed for the first time in 2011 by the ERCOT Internal Audit Department. The ERCOT Internal Audit Department tentatively plans to perform the above five audits no less than once every three years.
Reason: Changing the frequency of four ERCOT Internal Audit Department-performed "Protocol Required" audits from an annual basis to a periodic basis will permit the ERCOT Internal Audit Department to interject a "risk assessment" into the annual audit planning process and to prioritize its limited audit resources to those audits of greatest importance and those that address current and emerging risks facing the organization.

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