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Request a Peer Review

As of March 13, the Board has suspended all peer reviews. We will continue to reevaluate as the pandemic situation changes. By suspending ALGA’s peer program temporarily, there will be several audit organizations that will not meet current deadlines. GAO has granted ALGA the authority to extend peer reviews for any audit organization whose review is affected by the COVID-19 outbreak up to an additional six months.

GAO’s six-month extension is on top of ALGA’s policy of granting up to nine months from the end of their peer review period to have the review performed and issued. Impacted shops now have up to a year and three months past their review period to complete reviews.

The Board and the Peer Review Committee appreciate the efforts of all our review coordinators, our peer review teams, and our audit shops getting ready for reviews. We hope to resume our program as soon as it is safe to do so. If you have any questions, please contact Stan Sewell from the Peer Review Committee.

One of the most valued aspects of the Peer Review Program is sharing best practices and ideas between the peer review team and the audit organization being reviewed. Organizations that participate in ALGA's peer review program often find that serving on reviews is of equal or greater value to receiving a review.

In order to keep out-of-pocket costs at a minimum, the Peer Review Program utilizes a reciprocal approach to staffing review teams.  Simply put, if your peer review requires a team of three, then your organization will need to commit a comparable number of your staff to perform ALGA peer reviews.  The following policy was established to help ensure a sufficient number of reviewers are available to perform your peer review.  If you are unable to fulfill either of the policy requirements, please request a waiver when requesting your peer review. 

Peer Review Participation Policy

In order to participate in ALGA's Peer Review Program, an audit organization must: 1) be an organizational member of ALGA in good standing and 2) be willing to provide a comparable number of reviewers to conduct similar peer reviews coordinated by ALGA prior to each requested peer review.

The audit organization is solely responsible for meeting these requirements. Exceptions to the policy may be granted on a case-by-case basis with the approval of the Chair of the Peer Review Committee and its Liaison to the ALGA Board of Directors.

The Process for Requesting a Review

To request a review, the audit organization should submit a Request for Peer Review (see next section for links to online forms) six months before the proposed review date. In the preparation phase, the following steps are taken by the review coordinator:

  • Assesses the organization’s readiness for a review
  • Assembles a review team
  • Obtains Q&I statements from the review team
  • Obtains the organization's concurrence with the review team
  • Works with the organization to execute the review agreement
  • Ensures that travel arrangements are made

The audit organization is responsible for sending the completed background information and description of its internal quality control system to the team members at least 30 days prior to the start of the review.

Peer Review Request Forms (by Region)

To request a peer review, select the specific form that aligns with your type of peer review. For all Yellow Book reviews, please view the Region Map. Red/Orange reviews are one form, regardless of region. Please note that all forms will be temporarily unavailable.

Region I Form
Canada, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont 

Region II Form
Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

Region III Form
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi

Region IV Form
Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin

Region V Form
Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Region VI Form
Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada

Red/Orange Review Form
For reviews of organizations that utilize the Red Book or a combination of the Red Book and Yellow Book.

Peer review Resources