and Procedures section includes the information concerning the controls evaluation referred to in the certifications, and it should be read in conjunction with the certifications for a more
complete understanding of the topics presented.
The Companys independent registered public accounting firm,
Deloitte & Touche LLP, with direct access to the Companys board of directors through its Audit Committee, have audited the consolidated financial statements prepared by the Company. Their report on the consolidated financial
statements is included in Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data. Deloitte & Touche LLP has issued an attestation report on the Companys internal control over financial reporting. Deloitte & Touche
LLPs report on the Companys internal control over financial reporting is included herein.
Management does not expect that our disclosure controls and procedures or our internal control over financial
reporting will prevent or detect all errors or fraud. Any control system, no matter how well designed and operated, is based upon certain assumptions and can provide only reasonable, not absolute, assurance that its objectives will be met. Further,
no evaluation of controls can provide absolute assurance that misstatements due to error or fraud will not occur or that all control issues and instances of fraud, if any, within the Company have been detected.
Item 9B. Other Information