This excerpt taken from the GPS 10-K filed Mar 28, 2005.
Managements Report on Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting
Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, as defined in Securities Exchange Act Rule 13a-15(f). Our system of internal control is evaluated on a cost benefit basis and is designed to provide reasonable, not absolute assurance that reported financial information is materially accurate.
Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, we conducted an evaluation of the design and effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting based on the Internal Control - Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO). Based on this evaluation, our management concluded that the Companys internal control over financial reporting was effective as of January 29, 2005.
In reaching its conclusion that the internal control over financial reporting was effective as of January 29, 2005, management carefully considered the facts and circumstances surrounding the restatement of the Companys previously issued financial statements.
During fiscal 2003, we reassessed our accounting policy that classified a portion of our lease incentives as a reduction of leasehold improvements. Effective February 1, 2004, we prospectively changed our accounting policy
to treat lease incentives received as deferred lease incentives. The controls related to the application of this new policy were evaluated and deemed to be operating effectively as of January 29, 2005. We corrected the prior year financial statements in conjunction with the restatement.
A control deficiency in monitoring compliance with generally accepted accounting principles in the area of accounting for operating leases with scheduled rent increases was detected during our assessment process that resulted in cumulative, non-cash adjustments that would have been material to the financial performance of fiscal 2004. As a result, management decided to restate previously issued financial statements to provide transparency as to the effect of the correction on the prior period results, and enhance the comparability of the prior financial information.
The impact of this correction on the periods subject to restatement was immaterial. Substantially all of the adjustment related to periods prior to 2002, and the correcting cumulative adjustment was also immaterial to shareholders equity as of February 2, 2002. As a result, management concluded that this control deficiency was not a material weakness.
Managements assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting as of January 29, 2005 was audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report which is incorporated herein by reference to page 40 of the 2004 Annual Report to Shareholders included as Exhibit 13 to this Annual Report on Form 10-K.