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July 22, 2005: 

Mr. Dennis Winans: 
Chief Financial Officer: 
National Credit Union Administration: 

Mr. William A. DeSarno: 
Acting Inspector General: 
National Credit Union Administration: 

Subject: Financial Audit: The National Credit Union Share Insurance 
Fund's 2003 Management Representation Letter on Its Financial 
Statements: 

As you know, the Secretary of the Treasury, in coordination with the 
Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is required to 
annually prepare and submit audited financial statements of the U.S. 
government to the President and the Congress. We are required to audit 
these consolidated financial statements (CFS) and report on the results 
of our work.[Footnote 1] In connection with fulfilling our requirement 
to audit the fiscal year 2004 CFS, we evaluated the Department of the 
Treasury's (Treasury) financial reporting procedures and related 
internal control over the process for compiling the CFS, including the 
management representation letter provided us by Treasury and OMB. 
Written representation letters from management, required by U.S. 
generally accepted government auditing standards, ordinarily confirm 
oral representations given to the auditor, indicate and document the 
continuing appropriateness of those representations, and reduce the 
possibility of a misunderstanding between management and the auditor. 

In our report, which is included in the fiscal year 2004 Financial 
Report of the United States Government,[Footnote 2] we reported a 
limitation on the scope of our work due to identified concerns with the 
adequacy of certain federal agencies' management representations on 
which Treasury and OMB depend to provide their representations to us 
regarding the CFS. Specifically, Treasury and OMB stated that their 
representation letter to us on the CFS was based primarily on the 
individual federal agency representation letters. Consequently, our 
audit considered the content of the individual federal agency letters, 
and the incompleteness of certain of these letters impaired our ability 
to obtain sufficient evidence in support of our audit of the CFS. This 
limitation contributed to our disclaimer of opinion on the CFS. We 
performed sufficient audit work to provide the disclaimer of opinion 
and issued our audit report, dated December 6, 2004, in accordance with 
U.S. generally accepted government auditing standards. 

As part of our audit of the fiscal year 2004 CFS, we received and 
reviewed selected federal agencies' management representation letters 
to assess their adequacy in support of our audit of the CFS. As the 
federal government gets closer to an opinion on its financial 
statements, it becomes more important that the federal agencies' 
management representation letters be complete and reliably prepared. 

The purpose of this report is to communicate our observations on the 
National Credit Union Administration's (NCUA) National Credit Union 
Share Insurance Fund's (NCUSIF) 2003 management representation 
letter.[Footnote 3] Our objective is to help ensure that future 
management representation letters submitted by NCUSIF are sufficient to 
help support Treasury and OMB's preparation of the CFS management 
representation letter and our ability to rely on the representations in 
that letter in combination with individual federal agency 
representation letters. We reviewed five key areas in each management 
representation letter: (1) signatures, (2) materiality thresholds, (3) 
representations, (4) summary of unadjusted misstatements, and (5) 
reliability of representations. In reviewing the management 
representation letters, we applied the American Institute of Certified 
Public Accountants' (AICPA) Codification of Auditing Standards, AU 
Section 333, Management Representations; OMB Bulletin 01-02, Audit 
Requirements for Federal Financial Statements; and the GAO/President's 
Council on Integrity and Efficiency (PCIE) Financial Audit Manual (FAM) 
section 1001, entitled "Management Representations."[Footnote 4]

Results in Brief: 

NCUSIF's 2003 management representation letter, as well as several 
other federal agencies' management representation letters, did not 
provide all the information necessary to support Treasury and OMB's 
preparation of the CFS management representation letter. This in turn 
impacted our ability to rely on the representations in the CFS 
management representation letter in combination with individual federal 
agency representation letters. 

We identified some needed improvements in one of the five key areas we 
reviewed. Specifically, the letter included 22 of the 25 
representations[Footnote 5] from the FAM that were applicable to 
NCUSIF. The other 3 representations were not provided at all. We 
believe that this matter can be easily addressed. We are making a 
recommendation to NCUA's Chief Financial Officer to ensure future 
management representation letters fully include all representations 
from the FAM that are applicable to NCUSIF. Also, we are recommending 
that the NCUA Acting Inspector General, with the contracted independent 
public accountant, work with the agency to help ensure that future 
management representation letters meet the key condition noted as 
needing improvements in this report. 

In commenting on a draft of this report, NCUA's Chief Financial Officer 
concurred with our recommendation. The Chief Financial Officer agreed 
that 2 of the 3 representations noted in our report as not having been 
provided were in fact not provided, but stated that it appeared that 
the other representation was addressed. NCUA's Acting Inspector General 
orally stated that he was in agreement with the Chief Financial 
Officer's response and concurred with our recommendation. We disagree 
with NCUA's conclusion regarding the third representation. The language 
referred to by the Chief Financial Officer as addressing the 
representation in question is called for by the FAM to satisfy another 
representation applicable to NCUSIF. Therefore, we continue to believe 
that this representation was not addressed in NCUSIF's 2003 management 
representation letter and should be provided in NCUSIF's future 
management representation letters. 

Background: 

In conducting agency financial statement audits, U.S. generally 
accepted government auditing standards incorporate financial auditing 
fieldwork and reporting standards issued by the AICPA. Such auditing 
standards (AU Section 333) require auditors to obtain certain 
representations from agency management. These representations are part 
of the evidential matter to be considered by the auditor in its audit 
of the agency's financial statements. The representations obtained will 
depend on the circumstances of the engagement and the nature and basis 
of presentation of the financial statements. AU Section 333 discusses 
specific representations that should be obtained from management, 
including a requirement to attach a schedule of unadjusted financial 
statement misstatements for entities with uncorrected misstatements. 

In addition, OMB Bulletin 01-02 and FAM section 1001 contain guidance 
on preparing federal agencies' management representation letters. 
According to the FAM, in addition to the representations included in AU 
Section 333, the auditor generally should consider the need to obtain 
representations on other matters based on the circumstances of the 
audited entity. FAM section 1001A lists 35 specific representations 
ordinarily included in the management representation letter and also 
includes a requirement to attach a schedule of unadjusted financial 
statement misstatements for entities with uncorrected misstatements. 
(See enc. I for these representations.) Representations listed in FAM 
section 1001A should be customized to the situation of the entity being 
audited or excluded if inapplicable. We perform our audit of the CFS in 
accordance with the FAM and related auditing standards. 

Treasury and OMB are to receive management representation letters from 
certain federal agencies. This is important because U.S. generally 
accepted government auditing standards require that Treasury and OMB 
provide us, as principal auditor of the CFS, a management 
representation letter, and their letter depends on the information in 
such agencies' management representation letters. In their 
representation letter to us for the audit of the fiscal year 2004 CFS, 
Treasury and OMB stated that their representations are based primarily 
on the representations of those agencies covered by the Chief Financial 
Officers (CFO) Act and other selected agencies that were made in 
connection with the preparation of these entities' respective financial 
statements and provided to OMB and Treasury. For this reason, it is 
important that all federal agency representation letters be complete 
and reliable. 

Objectives, Scope, and Methodology: 

In connection with our audit of the fiscal year 2004 CFS, we evaluated 
Treasury's financial reporting procedures and related internal control, 
including the CFS management representation letter. For the fiscal year 
2004 CFS, 33 of the 35 "verifying agencies" submitted audited financial 
statements along with their management representation letters to 
Treasury.[Footnote 6] In our review of these 33 management 
representation letters, our overall objective was to assess their 
adequacy as it relates to our audit of the CFS. Specifically, we 
reviewed each agency management representation letter to determine 
whether the following five key conditions were met: 

* the management representation letter was signed by appropriate agency 
officials;

* the management representation letter included designation as to the 
amounts above which matters were considered material (materiality 
thresholds);

* the management representation letter included applicable 
representations from the FAM;

* the management representation letter included a properly prepared 
summary of unadjusted misstatements for agencies with uncorrected 
misstatements; and: 

* the representations in the management representation letter were 
reliable based on a review of findings in the auditor's report. 

This report is based on the audit work we performed for the audit of 
the fiscal year 2004 CFS, which was performed in accordance with U.S. 
generally accepted government auditing standards. 

We requested comments on a draft of this report from NCUA's Chief 
Financial Officer and Acting Inspector General or their designees. 
Written comments from NCUA's Chief Financial Officer are reprinted in 
enclosure II and are also discussed in the Agency Comments and Our 
Evaluation section. Oral comments were received from NCUA's Acting 
Inspector General. 

NCUSIF's 2003 Management Representation Letter Did Not Fully Include 
All Applicable Representations from the FAM: 

With respect to NCUSIF's 2003 management representation letter, we 
identified that the letter did not fully include all applicable 
representations from the FAM. Written representations from management 
ordinarily confirm oral representations made to the auditor during the 
audit, document the continuing appropriateness of those 
representations, and reduce the possibility of a misunderstanding. To 
meet auditing standards and OMB requirements, federal agencies' 
management and auditors need to ensure that management representation 
letters are complete and accurate. 

We found that NCUSIF's 2003 management representation letter included 
22 of the 25 representations from the FAM that were applicable to 
NCUSIF. The 3 other representations were not provided at all and are as 
follows. 

* FAM #10:All intraentity transactions and balances have been 
appropriately identified and eliminated for financial reporting 
purposes, unless otherwise noted. All intragovernmental transactions 
and balances have been appropriately recorded, reported, and disclosed. 
We have reconciled intragovernmental transactions and balances with the 
appropriate trading partners for the four fiduciary transactions 
identified in Treasury's Intra-governmental Fiduciary Transactions 
Accounting Guide, and other intragovernmental asset, liability, and 
revenue amounts as required by the applicable OMB Bulletin. 

* FAM #26:We have identified and disclosed to you all laws and 
regulations that have a direct and material effect on the determination 
of financial statement amounts. 

* FAM #27:We have disclosed to you all known instances of noncompliance 
with laws and regulations. 

When agencies do not provide all representations in their management 
representation letters, it impairs our ability to audit the CFS and 
Treasury and OMB's ability to make these types of representations in 
the CFS management representation letter. 

Conclusions: 

In one of the five key areas we reviewed, NCUSIF's 2003 management 
representation letter did not provide all the information necessary to 
support Treasury and OMB's preparation of the CFS management 
representation letter and our ability to rely on the representations in 
that letter in combination with individual federal agency 
representation letters, including that of NCUSIF. The additional 
information needed from NCUSIF is straightforward and should be easy to 
address. 

Recommendations for Executive Action: 

We recommend to NCUA's Chief Financial Officer that in the future the 
management representation letter fully include all representations from 
the FAM that are applicable to NCUSIF. 

We recommend that the NCUA Acting Inspector General, with the 
contracted independent public accountant, work with the agency to help 
ensure that future management representation letters meet the key 
condition noted as needing improvements in this report. 

Agency Comments and Our Evaluation: 

In written comments on a draft of this report, which are reprinted in 
enclosure II, NCUA's Chief Financial Officer concurred with our 
recommendation and agreed that NCUA did not provide FAM representations 
#10 and #26 in NCUSIF's 2003 management representation letter. However, 
he stated that FAM #27 appeared to be addressed in the letter. 
Specifically, the Chief Financial Officer stated that another 
representation included in the letter met the intent of FAM #27. NCUA's 
Acting Inspector General orally stated that he was in agreement with 
the Chief Financial Officer's response and concurred with our 
recommendation. 

The representation referred to by the Chief Financial Officer as 
meeting the intent of FAM #27 states that "there are no violations or 
possible violations of laws and regulations whose effects should be 
considered for disclosure in the financial statement or as a basis for 
recording a loss contingency." However, this representation is called 
for by FAM #11a. FAM #27 calls for management to represent that they 
have disclosed to the auditor all known instances of noncompliance with 
laws and regulations. The FAM #27 representation encompasses all known 
instances of noncompliance, not just violations that effect the 
financial statements as called for by FAM #11a. Therefore, the 
representation referred to by the Chief Financial Officer satisfied FAM 
#11a, but not FAM #27. As such, we continue to believe that FAM #27 was 
not addressed in NCUSIF's 2003 management representation letter and 
should be provided in NCUSIF's future management representation 
letters. 

Within 60 days of the date of this report, we would appreciate 
receiving a written statement on actions taken to address these 
recommendations. 

We are sending copies of this report to the Chairmen and Ranking 
Minority Members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and 
Governmental Affairs; the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, 
Government Information, and International Security, Senate Committee on 
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; the House Committee on 
Government Reform; and the Subcommittee on Government Management, 
Finance, and Accountability, House Committee on Government Reform. In 
addition, we are sending copies to the Fiscal Assistant Secretary of 
the Treasury and the Controller of OMB. Copies will be made available 
to others upon request. This report is also available at no charge on 
GAO's Web site at [Hyperlink, http://www.gao.gov]. 

We appreciate the courtesy and cooperation extended to us by your staff 
throughout our work. We look forward to continuing to work with your 
offices to help improve financial management in the federal government. 
If you have any questions about the contents of this report, please 
contact me at (202) 512-3406. 

Signed by: 

Gary T. Engel: 
Director: 
Financial Management and Assurance: 

Enclosures - 2: 

[End of section]

Enclosure I: Representations in FAM 1001A: 

Guidance contained in FAM 1001 and FAM 1001A deals with the management 
representations that the auditor should obtain from current management 
as part of the audit. This guidance also acknowledges that judgment 
needs to be exercised to obtain representations that depend on the 
circumstances of the engagement and the nature and basis of 
presentation of the financial statements. Representations given in FAM 
section 1001A should be customized to the situation of the entity being 
audited, and additional representations may need to be obtained. 

FAM 1001A lists 27 representations that are ordinarily included, if 
applicable, in the management representation letter that an agency 
provides to the auditor. For representations 3, 11, 16, and 18, the 
agency should address three separate components. As such, each agency 
is ordinarily expected to make a total of 35 representations. 
Representations 18, 19, 20, and 21 are not applicable unless the agency 
received an opinion on its internal control. In addition, 
representations 22, 23, and 24 address the three requirements of the 
Federal Financial Management Improvement Act of 1996 and are only 
applicable to the 24 CFO Act agencies. The 35 representations in FAM 
1001A are as follows. 

1. We are responsible for the fair presentation of the financial 
statements and stewardship information in conformity with U.S. 
generally accepted accounting principles. 

2. The financial statements are fairly presented in conformity with 
U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. 

3. We have made available to you all: 

a. financial records and related data;

b. where applicable, minutes of meetings of the Board of Directors [or 
other similar bodies, such as congressional oversight committees] or 
summaries of actions of recent meetings for which minutes have not been 
prepared; and: 

c. communications from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
concerning noncompliance with or deficiencies in financial reporting 
practices. 

4. There are no material transactions that have not been properly 
recorded in the accounting records underlying the financial statements 
or disclosed in the notes to the financial statements. 

5. We believe that the effects of the uncorrected financial statement 
misstatements summarized in the accompanying schedule are immaterial, 
both individually and in the aggregate, to the financial statements 
taken as a whole. [If management believes that certain of the 
identified items are not misstatements, management's belief may be 
acknowledged by adding to the representation, for example, "We believe 
that items XX and XX do not constitute misstatements because 
[description of reason]."]

6. The [entity] has satisfactory title to all owned assets, including 
stewardship property, plant, and equipment; such assets have no liens 
or encumbrances; and no assets have been pledged. 

7. We have no plans or intentions that may materially affect the 
carrying value or classification of assets and liabilities. 

8. Guarantees under which the [entity] is contingently liable have been 
properly reported or disclosed. 

9. Related party transactions and related accounts receivable or 
payable, including assessments, loans, and guarantees, have been 
properly recorded and disclosed. 

10. All intraentity transactions and balances have been appropriately 
identified and eliminated for financial reporting purposes, unless 
otherwise noted. All intragovernmental transactions and balances have 
been appropriately recorded, reported, and disclosed. We have 
reconciled intragovernmental transactions and balances with the 
appropriate trading partners for the four fiduciary transactions 
identified in Treasury's Intra-governmental Fiduciary Transactions 
Accounting Guide, and other intragovernmental asset, liability, and 
revenue amounts as required by the applicable OMB Bulletin. 

11. There are no: 

a. possible violations of laws or regulations whose effects should be 
considered for disclosure in the financial statements or as a basis for 
recording a loss contingency,

b. material liabilities or gain or loss contingencies that are required 
to be accrued or disclosed that have not been accrued or disclosed, or: 

c. unasserted claims or assessments that are probable of assertion and 
must be disclosed that have not been disclosed. 

12. We have complied with all aspects of contractual agreements that 
would have a material effect on the financial statements in the event 
of noncompliance. 

13. No material events or transactions have occurred subsequent to 
September 30, 20X2 [or date of latest audited financial statements], 
that have not been properly recorded in the financial statements and 
stewardship information or disclosed in the notes. 

14. We are responsible for establishing and maintaining internal 
control. 

15. We acknowledge our responsibility for the design and implementation 
of programs and controls to prevent and detect fraud (intentional 
misstatements or omissions of amounts or disclosures in financial 
statements and misappropriation of assets that could have a material 
effect on the financial statements). 

16. We have no knowledge of any fraud or suspected fraud affecting the 
[entity] involving: 

a. management,

b. employees who have significant roles in internal control, or: 

c. others where the fraud could have a material effect on the financial 
statements. 

[If there is knowledge of any such instances, they should be described.]

17. We have no knowledge of any allegations of fraud or suspected fraud 
affecting the [entity] received in communications from employees, 
former employees, or others. [If there is knowledge of any such 
allegations, they should be described.]

18. Pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 3512(c), (d) (commonly known as the Federal 
Managers' Financial Integrity Act), we have assessed the effectiveness 
of the [entity's] internal control in achieving the following 
objectives: 

a. reliability of financial reporting--transactions are properly 
recorded, processed, and summarized to permit the preparation of 
financial statements and stewardship information in accordance with 
U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, and assets are 
safeguarded against loss from unauthorized acquisition, use or 
disposition;

b. compliance with applicable laws and regulations--transactions are 
executed in accordance with (i) laws governing the use of budget 
authority and with other laws and regulations that could have a direct 
and material effect on the financial statements and (ii) any other 
laws, regulations, and governmentwide policies identified by OMB in its 
audit guidance; and: 

c. reliability of performance reporting--transactions and other data 
that support reported performance measures are properly recorded, 
processed, and summarized to permit the preparation of performance 
information in accordance with criteria stated by management. 

[If the entity bases its internal control assessment on suitable 
criteria other than 31 U.S.C. 3512(c), (d), this item should cite the 
criteria used (for example, Internal Control--Integrated Framework 
issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO) of the 
Treadway Commission).]

19. Those controls in place on September 30, 20X2 [or date of latest 
audited financial statements], and during the years ended 20X2 and 
20X1, provided reasonable assurance that the foregoing objectives are 
met. [If there are material weaknesses, the foregoing representation 
should be modified to read: 

Those controls in place on September 30, 20X2, and during the years 
ended 20X2 and 20X1, provided reasonable assurance that the foregoing 
objectives are met except for the effects of the material weaknesses 
discussed below or in the attachment. 

or: Internal controls are not effective. 

or: Internal controls do not meet the foregoing objectives.]

20. We have disclosed to you all significant deficiencies in the design 
or operation of internal control that could adversely affect the 
entity's ability to meet the internal control objectives and identified 
those we believe to be material weaknesses. 

21. There have been no changes to internal control subsequent to 
September 30, 20X2 [or date of latest audited financial statements], or 
other factors that might significantly affect it. [If there were 
changes, describe them, including any corrective actions taken with 
regard to any significant deficiencies or material weaknesses.]

22. We are responsible for implementing and maintaining financial 
management systems that substantially comply with federal financial 
management systems requirements, federal accounting standards (U.S. 
generally accepted accounting principles), and the U.S. Government 
Standard General Ledger at the transaction level. 

23. We have assessed the financial management systems to determine 
whether they substantially comply with these federal financial 
management systems requirements. Our assessment was based on guidance 
issued by OMB. 

24. The financial management systems substantially complied with 
federal financial management systems requirements, federal accounting 
standards, and the U.S. Government Standard General Ledger at the 
transaction level as of [date of the latest financial statements]. 

[If the financial management systems substantially comply with only one 
or two of the above elements, this representation should be modified as 
follows: 

As of [date of financial statements], the [entity's] financial 
management systems substantially comply with [specify which of the 
three elements for which there is substantial compliance (e.g., federal 
accounting standards and the SGL at the transaction level)], but did 
not substantially comply with [specify which of the elements for which 
there was a lack of substantial compliance (e.g., federal financial 
management systems requirements)], as described below (or in an 
attachment).]

[If the financial management systems do not substantially comply with 
any of the three elements, the following paragraph should be used 
instead: 

As of [date of financial statements], the [entity's] financial 
management systems do not substantially comply with the federal 
financial management systems requirements.]

[If there is a lack of substantial compliance with one or more of the 
three requirements, identify herein or in an attachment all the facts 
pertaining to the noncompliance, including the nature and extent of the 
noncompliance and the primary reason or cause of the noncompliance.]

25. We are responsible for the [entity's] compliance with applicable 
laws and regulations. 

26. We have identified and disclosed to you all laws and regulations 
that have a direct and material effect on the determination of 
financial statement amounts. 

27. We have disclosed to you all known instances of noncompliance with 
laws and regulations. 

[End of section]

Enclosure II: Comments From the Office of the Chief Financial Officer 
at the National Credit Union Administration: 

National Credit Union Administration: 

June 2, 2005: 

Mr. Gary T. Engel: 
Director: 
Financial Management and Assurance: 
Government Accountability Office: 
441 G Street, NW: 
Washington, DC 20548: 

Dear Mr. Engel: 

We appreciate the opportunity to provide comments on the U.S. 
Government Accountability Office (GAO) draft report entitled Financial 
Audit: The National Credit Union Administration's 2003 Management 
Representation Letter on Its Financial Statements. 

We are supportive of the federal government-wide initiatives to provide 
stakeholders with more timely and accurate financial information. 
Therefore, we are receptive of comments that GAO provides. 

We agree that the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) 
2003 management representation letter excluded representations referred 
to as FAM #10 (intraentity transactions and balances) and FAM #26 
(identified all laws and regulations that have a direct and material 
effect). However, FAM #27 (disclosure of noncompliance with laws and 
regulations) appears to be addressed through item 13a of the management 
representation letter. Although the language is not verbatim with FAM 
#27, we believe that the intent is the same. 

NCUSIF #13a: 

There are no violations or possible violations of laws and regulations 
whose effects should be considered for disclosure in the financial 
statement or as a basis for recording a loss contingency. 

FAM #27: 

We have disclosed to you all known instances of noncompliance with laws 
and regulations. 

In addition, we have examined the NCUSIF 2004 management representation 
letter and determined that only representation FAM #10 (intraentity 
transactions and balances) was excluded. FAM #27 was address through 
customized language, as demonstrated above. 

We are in agreement with your recommendations. However, we believe that 
a GAO based solution may also be needed to minimize the risk of a 
future scope limitation due to inadequate management representations. 
Such a solution may include a proactive review of management 
representation letters of federal agencies prior to the completion of 
their audit. Because specific representations will depend on the 
circumstances of an audit and the nature and basis of the presentation 
of the financial statements (FAM section 1001.03), the representations 
given in future management representation letters may not be verbatim 
copies of the example representations from FAM section 1001. 
Additionally, differences in professional judgment may occur as to 
whether representations given comply with FAM section 1001 and are 
adequate as they relate to the audit of the U.S. government. Therefore, 
there is a risk that representations from federal agencies may continue 
to cause a scope limitation with the audit of the U.S. government. 

If you have any questions about these comments, please contact me at 
703-518-6570. 

Sincerely,

Signed by: 

Dennis Winans: 
Chief Financial Officer: 

[End of figure] 

The following are our comments on the National Credit Union 
Administration's (NCUA) Office of the Chief Financial Officer's letter 
dated June 2, 2005. 

GAO Comments: 

1. See the "Agency Comments and Our Evaluation" section of this report. 

2. As noted in our report, the National Credit Union Share Insurance 
Fund's (NCUSIF) reporting period ends on December 31. Since NCUSIF's 
2004 management representation letter was not yet available, we used 
NCUSIF's 2003 management representation letter for purposes of this 
review. We will review NCUSIF's 2004 management representation letter 
as part of our fiscal year 2005 audit of the U.S. government's 
consolidated financial statements. 

3. NCUA's Chief Financial Officer suggested that we review the 
agencies' management representation letters before they are finalized 
to ensure they are adequate as they relate to the audit of the U.S. 
government. Reviews of agencies' management representation letters are 
the responsibility of the respective agencies' auditors in connection 
with their audits of the agencies' financial statements. In addition, 
in connection with Treasury and OMB's responsibility to provide us a 
governmentwide management representation letter and their reliance on 
agency management representation letters in preparing such letter, we 
have previously recommended that Treasury and OMB establish written 
policies and procedures that require an evaluation and assessment of 
the omission of representations ordinarily included in agency 
management representation letters. 

(198389): 

FOOTNOTES

[1] The Government Management Reform Act of 1994 has required such 
reporting, covering the executive branch of government, beginning with 
financial statements prepared for fiscal year 1997. 31 U.S.C.  331 
(e). The federal government has elected to include certain financial 
information on the legislative and judicial branches in the CFS as 
well. 

[2] The fiscal year 2004 Financial Report of the United States 
Government was completed by the Department of the Treasury on December 
15, 2004, and is available through both GAO's Web site at www.gao.gov 
and Treasury's Web site at www.fms.treas.gov/fr/index.html. 

[3] NCUSIF's reporting period ends on December 31. Since NCUSIF's 2004 
management representation letter was not yet available, we used 
NCUSIF's 2003 management representation letter for purposes of this 
review. 

[4] GAO, GAO/PCIE: Financial Audit Manual: Update, GAO-04-1015G 
(Washington, D.C.: July 30, 2004), an update to Financial Audit Manual: 
Volumes 1 and 2, GAO-01-765G (Washington, D.C.: Aug. 1, 2001). 

[5] The FAM lists 27 representations that are ordinarily included, if 
applicable, in the management representation letter that an agency 
provides to the auditor. For 4 of the representations, the agency is 
required to address three separate components. As such, each agency is 
ordinarily expected to make a total of 35 representations. However, 
because NCUSIF's reporting period ends December 31, for purposes of 
this review, we used NCUSIF's 2003 management representation letter 
and, as such, the representation related to any uncorrected 
misstatements as of September 30, 2004, was not applicable. In 
addition, 6 of the 35 representations are not applicable unless the 
agency received an opinion on its internal control. Further, 3 
representations are only applicable to the 23 CFO Act agencies. Since 
NCUSIF's reporting period ends December 31, NCUSIF did not receive an 
opinion on its internal control for fiscal year 2004, and NCUSIF is not 
a CFO Act agency, only 25 of the 35 representations were applicable to 
NCUSIF's 2003 management representation letter. 

[6] See Treasury Financial Manual, vol. I, part 2, ch. 4700, for a list 
of the 35 agencies. These agencies, for fiscal year 2004, consisted of 
23 CFO Act agencies and 12 material other agencies. The 33 agencies we 
reviewed did not include the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission 
and the Smithsonian Institution because these audits were not complete 
before the fiscal year 2004 Financial Report of the United States 
Government was issued. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
Financial Accountability Act, Pub. L. No. 108-330, 118 Stat. 1275 (Oct. 
16, 2004), added DHS to the list of CFO Act agencies, increasing the 
number of CFO Act agencies again to 24 for fiscal year 2005.