Financial management (31 - 40 of 47 items)
118601: Jan 1, 1982
Proposed legislation, which appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 17, Issue 2, Spring 1982, is discussed which would: (1) revise, codify, and enact legislation relating to money and finance; (2) create an administrative mechanism that would allow the affected agency to impose a monetary penalty for fraud; (3) improve management and eliminate waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the operations of t...
Still No Progress in Implementing Controls Over Contracts and Grants With Indians
CED-81-122: Published: Sep 10, 1981. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1981.
GAO was asked to review the accountability of federal funds and property involving contracts and grants awarded for the benefit of Indians.A GAO review of 178 grants and contracts disclosed that the Bureau of Indian Affairs continues to have problems administering and monitoring Indian programs and accounting for federal funds. GAO found that 141 contracts and grants were awarded retroactively, re...
Limited-Resource Farmer Loans: More Can Be Done To Achieve Program Goals and Reduce Costs
CED-81-144: Published: Aug 31, 1981. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 1981.
GAO reviewed the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) program for providing low-interest rate loans to limited-resource farmers to determine whether more supervision and technical assistance were needed to achieve program goals and whether improvements were needed to control costs and safeguard against misuse of program funds.GAO found that the management assistance provided to limited-resource borr...
Fundamental Changes Needed To Achieve Shared Support Services for Federal Agencies Overseas
ID-81-37: Published: Apr 29, 1981. Publicly Released: May 29, 1981.
The State Department offers support services, such as security, housing, and motor pools to most Federal agencies overseas on a reimbursable basis. At some posts, service organizations are jointly staffed by the State Department and other agencies. In 1976, the State Department established the Foreign Affairs Administrative Support System (FAAS) which provides for charging other agencies only for...
Views on Senate Bills 45 and 807
115069: Apr 22, 1981
Both Senate bill 45 and Senate bill 807 would achieve significant and much needed reform in our intergovernmental system. The narrow boundaries of Federal categorical programs and the mandates accompanying them have placed major strains on the accountablity and administrative capacities of the Federal, State, and local levels of government. Congressional passage of a grant reform bill is urgently...
Fraud and Abuse in Federal Programs: The Auditor's Role
114980: Apr 14, 1981
The problem of fraud, abuse, and waste in Federal programs was discussed. The auditor's role in taking the preventive, detective, and corrective measures to combat this problem was explained. The auditor's role in reducing Government fraud and corruption can be seen only in tandem with that of the Federal program manager. In making prevention a priority, the manager has to decide how to strike the...
Unauthorized Commitments: An Abuse of Contracting Authority in the Department of Energy
EMD-81-12: Published: Dec 4, 1980. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 1981.
In fiscal year 1979, the Department of Energy's (DOE) reported obligations made it the largest civil procuring agency in the Federal Government. The Federal Procurement Regulations, which govern most civilian agency purchases, give exclusive authority for establishing contracts to authorized contracting officers. However, DOE program personnel, who do not have contracting authority, have asked con...
Improving the Collection of Debts Owed the Government
113894: Nov 20, 1980
The amount of debts owed the Government is growing, with agencies reporting that $117 billion was owed by U.S. citizens and organizations at the start of fiscal 1980. Specific debt collection problems identified at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) include a lack of debt collection information reported by the accounting systems. Although each of the 2,000 mortgages held by HUD...
The Inspectors General--On-the-Spot Watchdogs
112504: Jun 1, 1980
This article appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 15, Issue 2, Spring 1980. The Inspector General Act of 1978 established Inspector General (IG) offices in six federal departments and six federal agencies patterned after the IG office already established in HEW. IG's play a key role in the process of governmental accountability. Their activities are designed to promote economy and efficiency and preve...
Proposed Increase in Funds Authorized for the Temporary Commission on Financial Oversight of the District of Columbia
109191: Apr 25, 1979
Without proposed legislation the Temporary Commission on Financial Oversight of the District of Columbia will be unable to fulfill the responsibilities assigned to it by law. In essence, public law requires the Commission, through contractors, to improve the District government's financial planning, reporting, and control systems; prepare procedures for ongoing training programs for employees who...