COVID- 19 Update: Compliance Reliance

COVID- 19 Update: Compliance Reliance

**UPDATED 6/3/2020**

As many states have started phased openings, I wanted to give an update on Schellman’s plans and process for evaluating any return to on-site audits and fieldwork.

Our firm has stayed completely on-line throughout the COVID-19 crisis of 2020, following strict protocols since early March. This began with closing our offices the week of March 9th and pivoting to a remote-only work model. While already highly remote-capable, we took early precautions with a singular focus of creating a safe, productive, and efficient audit collaboration environment for employees, clients, and the community. Additionally, we have been working closely with the various accreditation bodies to ensure that we can continue to provide the specific services our clients require.

We have zero intention of lowering our guard until there is a clear safety bell, and ultimately, as I sit here today, I cannot with any clarity tell you when we will hear the resonance of that bell. Schellman plans to provide a 60-day notice to our employees and clients when we make the decision to resume traveling and on-site fieldwork, with close coordination with our clients’ policies and practices. Until then, Schellman will continue to provide all services remotely to our current clients and the new clients we have begun partnering with since March.

I personally believe in health and economy, not versus. The entire Schellman team understands its burden of service to our extended community. As I have stated several times, and in several ways, Schellman will continue to serve our clients without interruption, with purpose, with strategy, and with safety, and we intend not only to survive this but to thrive through this crisis.

In the meantime, we have set up a collection of resources pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic here:

Additionally, we have also put together a short "hello" video from our staff as they remain at home.

About the Author

Avani Desai

Avani Desai is the CEO at Schellman. Avani has more than 15 years of experience in IT attestation, risk management, compliance and privacy. Avani’s primary focus is on emerging healthcare issues and privacy concerns for organizations. Named as one of the 2017 Global Leaders in Consulting by Consulting Magazine she has also been featured and published in the ISSA Journal, ITSP Magazine, ISACA Journal, Information Security Buzz, Healthcare Tech Outlook, and many more. Avani also sits on the board of Catalist, a not-for-profit that empowers women by supporting the creation, development and expansion of collective giving through informed grantmaking. In addition, she is co-chair of 100 Women Strong, a female only venture philanthropic fund to solve problems related to women and children in the community.

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