Accountability (81 - 90 of 233 items)
Homeland Security: Responses to Posthearing Questions Related to the Department of Homeland Security's Integrated Financial Management Systems Challenges
GAO-07-1157R: Published: Aug 10, 2007. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 2007.
On June 28, 2007, GAO testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, at a hearing entitled, "Financial Management Systems Modernization at the Department of Homeland Security: Are Missed Opportunities Costing Us Money?" At the hearing, we discuss...
Financial Management: Long-standing Financial Systems Weaknesses Present a Formidable Challenge
GAO-07-914: Published: Aug 3, 2007. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 2007.
The Federal Financial Management Improvement Act of 1996 (FFMIA) requires the 24 Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act agencies to implement and maintain financial management systems that comply substantially with (1) federal financial management systems requirements, (2) federal accounting standards, and (3) the U.S. Government Standard General Ledger (SGL). FFMIA also requires GAO to report annuall...
Bureau of the Public Debt: Areas for Improvement in Information Security Controls
GAO-07-899R: Published: Jun 14, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2007.
In connection with fulfilling our requirement to audit the financial statements of the U.S. government, we audited and reported on the Schedules of Federal Debt Managed by the Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2006 and 2005. As part of these audits, we performed a review of the general and application information security controls over key BPD financial syste...
Internal Revenue Service: Status of GAO Financial Audit and Related Financial Management Report Recommendations
GAO-07-629: Published: Jun 7, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2007.
In its role as the nation's tax collector, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a demanding responsibility in annually collecting over $2 trillion in taxes, processing hundreds of millions of tax and information returns, and enforcing the nation's tax laws. Since its first audit of IRS's financial statements in fiscal year 1992, GAO has identified a number of weaknesses in IRS's financial manage...
Improper Payments Information Act of 2002: Department of Defense Travel Expenditure Reporting
GAO-07-767R: Published: May 31, 2007. Publicly Released: May 31, 2007.
In November 2002, the Congress passed the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 (IPIA). The major objective of the legislation was to enhance the accuracy and integrity of federal payments. This legislation, in conjunction with implementing guidance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), requires executive branch agency heads to review their programs and activities annually, identify...
Improper Payments: Responses to Posthearing Questions Related to Agencies' Progress in Addressing Improper Payment and Recovery Auditing Requirements
GAO-07-834R: Published: May 30, 2007. Publicly Released: May 30, 2007.
On March 29, 2007, we testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security Subcommittee at a hearing entitled, "Eliminating and Recovering Improper Payments." At the hearing, we discussed federal agencies' progress in addressing key requirements of the Improper Payment...
Managerial Cost Accounting Practices at the Department of the Interior
GAO-07-298R: Published: May 24, 2007. Publicly Released: May 24, 2007.
Authoritative bodies have promulgated laws, accounting standards, information system requirements, and related guidance emphasizing the need for accurate and reliable cost information in the federal government. For example, the Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act of 1990 contains several provisions related to managerial cost accounting (MCA), one of which provides that an agency's CFO should develo...
Improper Payments: Agencies' Efforts to Address Improper Payment and Recovery Auditing Requirements Continue
GAO-07-635T: Published: Mar 29, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2007.
The federal government is accountable for how its agencies and grantees spend hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars and is responsible for safeguarding those funds against improper payments as well as for recouping those funds when improper payments occur. The Congress enacted the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 (IPIA) and the Recovery Auditing Act to address these issues. Fiscal year...
Fiscal Year 2006 U.S. Government Financial Statements: Sustained Improvement in Federal Financial Management Is Crucial to Addressing Our Nation's Accountability and Fiscal Stewardship Challenges
GAO-07-607T: Published: Mar 20, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2007.
GAO is required by law to annually audit the consolidated financial statements of the U.S. government. The Congress and the President need to have timely, reliable, and useful financial and performance information. Sound decisions on the current results and future direction of vital federal government programs and policies are made more difficult without such information. Until the problems discus...
Federal Financial Management: Critical Accountability and Fiscal Stewardship Challenges Facing Our Nation
GAO-07-542T: Published: Mar 1, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2007.
The foundation laid by the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 and other management reform legislation provided a much needed statutory basis to improve the accountability of government programs and operations. Such reforms were intended to produce reliable, timely, and useful financial information to help manage day-to- day operations and exercise oversight and promote fiscal stewardship. This t...