Department of the Treasury (61 - 70 of 2,767 items)
Government Efficiency and Effectiveness: Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits
GAO-16-579T: Published: Apr 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2016.
GAO's 2016 annual report identifies 92 new actions that Congress and executive branch agencies could take to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government in 37 areas. GAO identifies 12 areas in which there is evidence of fragmentation, overlap, or duplication. For example, GAO found that the Internal Revenue Service could potentially collect billions of dollars in taxes owed and save res...
Information Security: IRS Needs to Further Improve Controls over Taxpayer Data and Continue to Combat Identity Theft Refund Fraud
GAO-16-589T: Published: Apr 12, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2016.
In March 2016, GAO reported that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had instituted numerous controls over key financial and tax processing systems; however, it had not always effectively implemented other controls intended to properly restrict access to systems and information, among other security measures. In particular, while IRS had improved some of its access controls, weaknesses remained in...
Internal Revenue Service: Preliminary Observations on the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request and 2016 Filing Season Performance
GAO-16-459R: Published: Mar 8, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2016.
The Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) fiscal year 2016 appropriation increased by $290 million to $11.2 billion over fiscal year 2015 but is about $900 million (7 percent) lower than fiscal year 2011. IRS allocated the funds across 3 appropriation accounts: Taxpayer Services ($176.8 million), Operations Support ($108.2 million), and Enforcement ($4.9 million). For fiscal year 2017, the President...
Fiscal Year 2015 U.S. Government Financial Statements: Need to Address the Government's Remaining Financial Management Challenges and Long-Term Fiscal Path
GAO-16-541T: Published: Apr 6, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2016.
The Financial Report of the U.S. Government ( Financial Report ) provides important information to the Congress, federal agencies, and the public, including the government's financial condition and the reliability of data used to help support budget and financial decisions. While significant progress has been made in improving federal financial management over the past 20 years, material weaknesse...
Financial Regulation: Complex and Fragmented Structure Could Be Streamlined to Improve Effectiveness
GAO-16-175: Published: Feb 25, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2016.
The U.S. financial regulatory structure is complex, with responsibilities fragmented among multiple agencies that have overlapping authorities. As a result, financial entities may fall under the regulatory authority of multiple regulators depending on the types of activities in which they engage (see figure on next page). While the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Fr...
Information Security: IRS Needs to Further Improve Controls over Financial and Taxpayer Data
GAO-16-398: Published: Mar 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2016.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) made progress in implementing information security controls; however, weaknesses in the controls limited their effectiveness in protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of financial and sensitive taxpayer data. During fiscal year 2015, IRS continued to devote attention to securing its information systems that process sensitive taxpayer and fina...
IRS Referral Programs: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Controls and Increase Coordination across Overlapping Programs
GAO-16-155: Published: Feb 23, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2016.
Information referrals from the public alleging tax noncompliance must be submitted on paper forms by mail to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). These referrals are manually screened by clerical staff and routed by mail to units across IRS for further action, as shown in the figure.Process for Screening and Routing Information Referrals for Further ReviewIneffective internal controls undercut IRS...
Small Employer Health Tax Credit: Limited Use Continues Due to Multiple Reasons
GAO-16-491T: Published: Mar 22, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 2016.
Claims of the small employer health tax credit have continued to be lower than thought eligible by government agency and small business group estimates, limiting the effect of the credit on expanding health insurance coverage through small employers. In 2014, about 181,000 employers claimed the credit, down somewhat from 2010 (see figure). These numbers are relatively low compared to the number of...
Troubled Asset Relief Program: Treasury Should Estimate Future Expenditures for the Making Home Affordable Program
GAO-16-351: Published: Mar 8, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2016.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) monitors activity and aggregate expenditures under its Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)-funded Making Home Affordable (MHA) program, but it has not instituted a system to review the extent that it will use the full available program balance ($7.7 billion as of October 16, 2015). In a July 2009 report, GAO found that Treasury's estimates of program...
Financial Audit: U.S. Government's Fiscal Years 2015 and 2014 Consolidated Financial Statements
GAO-16-357R: Published: Feb 25, 2016. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2016.
To operate as effectively and efficiently as possible and to make difficult decisions to address the federal government’s fiscal challenges, Congress, the administration, and federal managers must have ready access to reliable and complete financial and performance information—both for individual federal entities and for the federal government as a whole. Overall, significant progress has been...