Auditing procedures (71 - 80 of 166 items)
Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation Study: Study Questionnaires, Responses, and Summary of Respondents' Comments
GAO-04-217: Published: Feb 26, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 2004.
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 required GAO to study the potential effects of requiring public companies registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to periodically rotate the public accounting firms that audit their financial statements. On November 21, 2003, GAO issued its report entitled Public Accounting Firms: Required Study on the Potential Effects of Mandatory Audit Firm Ro...
Public Accounting Firms: Required Study on the Potential Effects of Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation
GAO-04-216: Published: Nov 21, 2003. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2003.
Following major failures in corporate financial reporting, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 was enacted to protect investors through requirements intended to improve the accuracy and reliability of corporate disclosures and to restore investor confidence. The act included reforms intended to strengthen auditor independence and to improve audit quality. Mandatory audit firm rotation (setting a limit...
Financial Audit: Capitol Preservation Fund's Fiscal Years 2002 and 2001 Financial Statements
GAO-03-822: Published: Jun 13, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2003.
GAO audited the financial statements of the Capital Preservation Fund for fiscal years 2002 and 2001. GAO found that the financial statements (1) were presented fairly in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, (2) contained no material weaknesses in internal control over financial reporting and compliance with laws and regulations, and (3) complied with the provisions of la...
Financial Audit Manual: Update to Part II--Tools
GAO-03-466G: Published: Apr 1, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 2003.
In July 2001, the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) and the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency (PCIE) issued the GAO/PCIE Financial Audit Manual (FAM). The FAM provides guidance for financial audits conducted by the Inspector General community, GAO, and their contractors. The FAM is a key part in enhancing accountability over taxpayer-provided resources. GAO and the PCIE are commit...
Financial Management: DOD's Metrics Program Provides Focus for Improving Performance
GAO-03-457: Published: Mar 28, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2003.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has historically been unable to accurately account for and record its disbursements. In March 2002, the DOD Comptroller cited metrics that showed dramatic reductions in payment recording errors (57 percent between October 2000 and October 2001), backlogs of commercial payments (41 percent between April and October 2001), and travel card payment delinquencies (34 per...
GAO Forum on Governance and Accountability: Challenges to Restore Public Confidence in U.S. Corporate Governance and Accountability Systems
GAO-03-419SP: Published: Jan 24, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2003.
On December 9, 2002, GAO convened a governance and accountability forum to discuss challenges facing regulators, the accounting profession, and boards of directors and management of public companies in effectively implementing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and related regulatory actions to improve public confidence in U.S. corporate governance and accountability systems. Major accountability brea...
FASAB News, Issue 75, August-September 2002
A05144: Sep 1, 2002
GAO provided information on the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board's recent activities, meetings, and practices...
Financial Management: Extending the Financial Statements Audit Requirement of the CFO Act to Additional Federal Agencies
GAO-02-740T: Published: May 14, 2002. Publicly Released: May 14, 2002.
Congress is considering expanding the number of federal agencies required to prepare audited financial statements to include all executive branch agencies that have budget authority of $25 million or more. The Federal Financial Management Improvement Act of 1996 builds on the Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act by encouraging agencies to have systems that generate timely, accurate, and useful infor...
Accounting Profession: Oversight, Auditor Independence, and Financial Reporting Issues
GAO-02-742R: Published: May 3, 2002. Publicly Released: May 3, 2002.
The accounting system's self-regulatory system for auditors, which largely depends on voluntary contributions from the accounting industry, is plagued by fragmentation, lack of coordination, poor communication, and conflicts of interest. In GAO's view, the current self-regulatory system is broken, and oversight by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has fallen short in protecting the publ...
Protecting The Public's Interest: Considerations for Addressing Selected Regulatory Oversight, Auditing, Corporate Governance, and Financial Reporting Issues
GAO-02-601T: Published: Apr 9, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2002.
In the wake of the Enron collapse and the proliferation of earnings restatements and pro forma earnings assertions by other companies, questions are being raised about the soundness of private sector financial reporting, auditor independence, and corporate governance. In addressing these issues, the government's role could range from direct intervention to encouraging non-governmental and private-...