There’s a common fear among workers in many industries. They worry that automation is going to come in, take their jobs, and replace them. While there’s a basis for that fear in some industries, we’re nowhere close to that in the realm of credit union audits.

So, what are the benefits of automating credit union audit processes? We’ll explore some of the more tangible benefits in this blog.

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We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again: audits aren’t exactly fun. Sure, there are some interesting aspects to it, but by and large, they tend to be tedious affairs punctuated by the occasional stressful deadline.

Various types of credit union automation software have hit the market in the last couple decades. Some automation solutions are surprisingly robust. And yet, audits still have too many moving parts and variables to be automated fully.


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Credit unions must perform several audits every year. Unfortunately, audits can be a major drain on your resources. So, how much does a credit union audit cost?

There’s a simple answer and a complex answer. Just for the sake of time, let’s cover the simple answer first.

Credit unions have to deal with many different kinds of audits every year. From the dreaded NCUA regulatory examinations down to technology compliance audits, there are several.

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Credit union audit risks mitigated by redboard

In last week’s blog, we looked at three common credit union audit risks. In this week’s blog, we’d like to offer two ways to mitigate those risks.

In case you don’t want to read the whole blog from last week, we’ll give you the highlights. The three biggest audit risks concern the following:

  • Reviewing and storing information
  • Staying on track through remediation
  • Taking too much time to complete the audit

Of course, these aren’t the only risks credit unions face during audits. But they are among the more common. And, most importantly, they’re risks to which even the strongest credit union audit teams occasionally fall victim.

So, we’d like to introduce a couple ways to deal with those risks.

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Audit risks for credit unions from redboard

Having a sound audit process isn’t easy. Fortunately—or perhaps, unfortunately—most credit unions are well acquainted with audits. Consequently, they tend to be quite good at the whole thing.

Nevertheless, there are some areas where credit unions should take extra care. Very often, an audit feels like it’s finished when you finally submit documents. That’s not exactly the case though, is it? Sometimes, audits last a good while past document submission. Some audit risks concern your access to information during all stages of the audit process—even after it’s “finished!”

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Credit unions deal with countless compliance demands. It’s just part and parcel of the credit union industry.

Credit union compliance resources come in all shapes and sizes. Some people, including the nice folks at the NCUA, offer guides and study materials. Other companies develop software to help with governance, risk, and compliance.

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Credit union audit tools from redboard

What is audit productivity software? Does it include traditional office applications like Excel, SharePoint, and Outlook? And what differentiates specialized solutions from traditional ones?

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Credit unions who want good audit results might consider audit automation software. But what are their options?

The way we see it, there are essentially three different options for credit union audit software. All of them can achieve great audit results.

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For some credit unions, audits are an occasional nuisance. For others, they’re seemingly constant, all-hands-on-deck affairs.

Regardless of whether your credit union’s audit cycle is frequent and consuming or sporadic and inconvenient, one thing’s for certain:

You probably don’t want to get stuck in one for too long.

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