Alliant National Title Insurance Subjects Its Agent Quality Management System to Examination Under SSAE 16 Standards
LONGMONT, Colo.—Alliant National Title Insurance Company, a unique title insurance underwriter that partners with Independent Agents to improve their competitive position in the marketplace, announces the company’s successful completion of the Service Organization Control (SOC) 1SM SSAE 16 examination, resulting in an American Institute of CPAs report stating that Alliant National Title Insurance Company has maintained effective controls over its Agent Quality Management System. A-Lign Certified Public Accountants of Tampa, Florida performed the engagement for Alliant National Title Insurance Company.
According to Robert Grubb, CEO of Alliant National, “Alliant National is the only title insurance underwriter in the nation to provide an independent audit of its agent oversight systems to lenders. Our goal is to provide evidence of the quality of our agents through audited systems lenders can rely on.”
"The successful examination of Alliant National’s processes for approving, monitoring, and reviewing its agents, which results in its agents being designated as Authorized Service Providers of Alliant National, means its processes are compliant with Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE No. 16), Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization. Under this framework Alliant National Title Insurance’s Independent Agents are reviewed annually against rigorous quality standards.
Lenders that rely on Alliant National’s oversight of its agents and its Authorized Service Provider program can now receive assurance that the processes Alliant National has in place are complete and function properly in accurately reviewing or certifying its agents. Having verification from an independent auditor, through the SSAE 16, provides lenders a substantive reason to accept Alliant National’s agent oversight and certification methods. The SSAE 16 validates the systems in place to minimize risk of financial loss to customers in connection with a real estate closing by using an Alliant National Independent Agent.
“We are pleased that our SSAE 16 report demonstrates we have the appropriate controls in place to mitigate risks to lenders and consumers related to agent vetting, management and compliance,” says Grubb. “We chose the SSAE 16 standard because it is comprehensive and it is understood in the financial services sector. Lenders’ risk management teams and financial auditors see these reports routinely and are familiar with their structure and content. Through the scope of our assessment we help lenders in their task of managing settlement service providers appointed by Alliant National.”
Kyle Rank, Chief Compliance Officer at Alliant National Title insurance Company says, “Our Agents’ customers now have the best assurance available in the industry that their transactions are being handled by a verifiable system of internal controls designed to protect them. In addition, Anne-Queline Keller, our Continuous Improvement Manager, has been certified as an ISO Lead Auditor. This helps her in conducting internal audits of our systems and in participating on teams involved in our continuous improvement efforts.”
For further information about Alliant National Title Insurance Company’s products, services or Independent Agents, contact Robert Grubb, Alliant National Title Insurance Company CEO, at 303.682.9800, ext. 300, or visit www.alliantnational.com.
Supplemental Information on the SSAE 16:
The following principles and related criteria have been developed by the American Institute of CPAs and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants for use by practitioners in the performance of trust services engagements:
- Security. The system is protected against unauthorized access (both physical and logical).
- Availability. The system is available for operation and used as committed or agreed.
- Processing integrity. System processing is complete, accurate, timely and authorized.
- Auditing. The system performs regular audits to ensure Processing Integrity as committed or agreed.
- Corrective and Preventative. The system provides a corrective and preventative plan to ensure complete, accurate and timely processing.
- Privacy. Personal information is collected, used, retained, disclosed and destroyed in conformity with the commitments in the entity’s privacy notice and with criteria set forth in generally accepted privacy principles issued by the AICPA and CICA.