Auditing standards (11 - 20 of 237 items)
Financial Audit: Federal Housing Finance Agency's Fiscal Years 2013 and 2012 Financial Statements
GAO-14-171R: Published: Dec 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2013.
GAO found (1) the Federal Housing Finance Agency's (FHFA) financial statements as of and for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2013, and 2012, are presented fairly, in all material respects, in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles; (2) FHFA maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of September 30, 2013; and (3) no repo...
Financial Audit: Bureau of the Fiscal Service's Fiscal Years 2013 and 2012 Schedules of Federal Debt
GAO-14-173: Published: Dec 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2013.
In GAO's opinion, the Bureau of the Fiscal Service's (Fiscal Service) Schedules of Federal Debt for fiscal years 2013 and 2012 were fairly presented in all material respects, and although information systems controls could be improved, Fiscal Service maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting relevant to the Schedule of Federal Debt as of September 30...
DHS Financial Management: Additional Efforts Needed to Resolve Deficiencies in Internal Controls and Financial Management Systems
GAO-13-561: Published: Sep 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2013.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made considerable progress toward obtaining a clean opinion on its financial statements but limited progress in obtaining a clean opinion on its internal control over financial reporting. DHS continues to rely on compensating controls and complex manual work-arounds rather than sound internal control over financial reporting and effective financial man...
DOD Financial Management: Ineffective Risk Management Could Impair Progress toward Audit-Ready Financial Statements
GAO-13-123: Published: Aug 2, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 3, 2013.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has taken some actions to manage its department-level risks associated with preparing auditable financial statements through its Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) Plan. However, its actions were not fully in accordance with widely recognized guiding principles for effective risk management, which include (1) identifying risks that could prevent it fro...
Investment Advisers: Requirements and Costs Associated with the Custody Rule
GAO-13-569: Published: Jul 8, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 2013.
Designed to safeguard client assets, the Securities and Exchange Commission's(SEC) rule governing advisers' custody of client assets (custody rule) imposes various requirements and, in turn, costs on investment advisers. To protect investors, the rule requires advisers that have custody to (1) use qualified custodians (e.g., banks or broker-dealers) to hold client assets and (2) have a reasonable...
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...
2011 Government Auditing Standards Listing of Technical Changes
D06244: Dec 23, 2011
This document is a listing of technical changes related to the 2011 Government Auditing Standards. ...
2011 Government Auditing Standards Summary of Major Changes
D06242: Dec 23, 2011
This document summarizes major changes in the 2011 Government Auditing Standards. ...
Defense Contract Audits: Actions Needed to Improve DCAA's Access to and Use of Defense Company Internal Audit Reports
GAO-12-88: Published: Dec 8, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 2011.
The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) has a critical role in contract oversight. DCAA audits are intended to help provide reasonable assurance that defense company policies for safeguarding assets and complying with contractual requirements are fulfilled. Defense companies also maintain their own internal audit departments to monitor policies, procedures, and business systems related to their g...
State Department Inspector General: Actions to Address Independence and Effectiveness Concerns Are Under Way
GAO-11-382T: Published: Apr 5, 2011. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2011.
In 2007 GAO reported on concerns with the independence and effectiveness of the Department of State Inspector General (State OIG). GAO was asked to provide testimony on the issues we raised and the status of recommendations made to the State OIG in that report. This testimony focuses on the importance of auditor and IG independence, GAO's prior concerns with the State OIG's independence and effect...