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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...
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...
Financial Audit: Congressional Award Foundation's Fiscal Years 2012 and 2011 Financial Statements
GAO-13-554: Published: May 15, 2013. Publicly Released: May 15, 2013.
In GAOs audits of the Congressional Award Foundations (Foundation) financial statements for fiscal years 2012 and 2011, it found that the Foundations financial statements are presented fairly, in all material respects, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. GAO also identified no material weaknesses in internal control over financial reporting, and no r...
Inspectors General: USDA Office of Inspector General Resources, Accomplishments, Coverage, and Quality
GAO-13-245: Published: Mar 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 2013.
During the 3-year period from fiscal year 2009 through 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Inspector General's (OIG) total budgetary resources decreased by about 8 percent. In contrast, the total budgetary resources for all other cabinet-level OIGs increased by approximately 6 percent over the 3-year period. The USDA OIG's authorized full-time equivalent staff (FTE) increased...
Financial Audit: Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection's Fiscal Years 2012 and 2011 Financial Statements
GAO-13-125R: Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
GAO found (1) the financial statements are presented fairly, in all material respects, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles; (2) the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of September 30, 2012; and (3) no reportable noncompliance in fiscal year 2012 with provisions of laws...
Financial Audit: Office of Financial Stability (Troubled Asset Relief Program) Fiscal Years 2012 and 2011 Financial Statements
GAO-13-126R: Published: Nov 9, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 2012.
GAO found (1) the financial statements are presented fairly, in all material respects, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles; (2) the Office of Financial Stability (OFS) maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of September 30, 2012; and (3) no reportable noncompliance in fiscal year 2012 with provisions of laws and reg...
Financial Audit: Federal Housing Finance Agency's Fiscal Years 2011 and 2010 Financial Statements [Reissued on January 26, 2012]
GAO-12-161: Published: Nov 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2011.
In GAO’s opinion, FHFA’s fiscal years 2011 and 2010 financial statements are fairly presented in all material respects. GAO also concluded that FHFA had effective internal control over financial reporting as of September 30, 2011. GAO found no reportable instances of noncompliance with the laws and regulations it tested.FHFA's fiscal year 2011 financial statements include costs for the FHFA Of...
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. ...
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...