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Internal Controls: SEC Should Consider Requiring Companies to Disclose Whether They Obtained an Auditor Attestation
GAO-13-582: Published: Jul 3, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 3, 2013.
Since the implementation of the auditor attestation requirement of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Sarbanes-Oxley Act), companies exempt from the requirement have had more financial restatements (a company's revision of publicly reported financial information) than nonexempt companies, and the percentage of exempt companies restating generally has exceeded that of nonexempt companies. Exempt and n...
National Nuclear Security Administration: Laboratories' Indirect Cost Management Has Improved, but Additional Opportunities Exist
GAO-13-534: Published: Jun 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2013.
The National Nuclear Security Administrations (NNSA) management and operating (M&O) contractors differ in how they classify and allocate indirect costs at NNSA laboratories. Although different approaches are allowed by Cost Accounting Standards, these differences limit the ability to compare program costs across the laboratories. Recognizing the limitations of its current cost data, the Departme...
Management Report: Improvements Needed in Controls over the Preparation of the U.S. Consolidated Financial Statements
GAO-13-540: Published: Jun 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2013.
During its audit of the fiscal year 2012 consolidated financial statements of the U.S. government (CFS), GAO identified new and continuing control deficiencies in the Department of the Treasury's (Treasury) and the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) processes used to prepare the CFS. These control deficiencies contributed to material weaknesses in internal control over the federal government'...
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Building Overhead Costs into Projects and Customers' Views on Information Provided
GAO-13-528: Published: Jun 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2013.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) uses a multistep process to build overhead costs into projects. At the foundation of this process, Corps policy establishes two categories of costs to calculate overhead--general and administrative overhead expenses associated with district administrative offices, such as resource management, and technical overhead expenses associated with district technica...
National Preparedness: FEMA Has Made Progress, but Additional Steps Are Needed to Improve Grant Management and Assess Capabilities
GAO-13-637T: Published: Jun 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2013.
Officials in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)--a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)--have identified actions they believe will enhance management of the four preparedness programs GAO analyzed; however, FEMA still faces challenges. In February 2012, GAO found that FEMA lacked a process to coordinate application reviews and made award decisions with differing level...
Grants Management: Improved Planning, Coordination, and Communication Needed to Strengthen Reform Efforts
GAO-13-383: Published: May 23, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2013.
In the past 14 years, since the passage of the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-107), there has been a series of legislative- and executive-sponsored initiatives aimed at reforming aspects of the grants management life cycle. Recently, a new grants reform governance body, the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR), replaced two former federal boards...
Grants Performance: Justice and FEMA Collect Performance Data for Selected Grants, but Action Needed to Validate FEMA Performance Data
GAO-13-552: Published: Jun 24, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2013.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provides detailed guidance in Circular No. A-11 for the agency goal development and the performance data verification and validation processes. OMB Circular No. A-11 directs agencies to have a data validation plan for performance reporting and cost-effective validation and verification techniques in place to ensure the completeness and reliability of all p...
Federal Judiciary: Efforts to Consolidate and Share Services between District and Bankruptcy Clerks' Offices
GAO-13-531: Published: Jun 13, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2013.
What GAO FoundFew federal judicial districts have consolidated their court clerks' offices; courts are sharing services among the clerks' offices, but the costs and benefits are unclear. Four of the 91 districts served by bankruptcy courts have consolidated the clerks' offices of the district and bankruptcy courts. Court officials in districts that are not considering consolidation told GAO that...
Medicare Program Integrity: Few Payments in 2011 Exceeded Limits under One Kind of Prepayment Control, but Reassessing Limits Could Be Helpful
GAO-13-430: Published: May 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 2013.
Less than 0.1 percent of payments Medicare made in 2011 were for amounts of services that exceeded certain unpublished limits for excess billing and where the claims did not include information from the providers to indicate why the additional services were medically necessary. These limits are set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)--an agency within the Department of Health and...
Congressionally Chartered Organizations: Key Principles for Leveraging Nonfederal Resources
GAO-13-549: Published: Jun 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2013.
Four factors facilitated the ability of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Gallery of Art, Presidio Trust, and Smithsonian Institution to leverage nonfederal resources: (1) unique legal authorities and management flexibilities; (2) benefits received from these congressionally chartered organizations' (CCO) federal status; (3) governing boards that provided management and oversight; and (...