Internal Control Weaknesses at the Veterans Administration

AFMD-83-25: Published: Dec 3, 1982. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 1982.

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GAO reviewed internal controls at 14 Veterans Administration (VA) accounting stations.

GAO believes that weaknesses affecting internal controls identified in this survey are not unique to the sites visited and that the more than 200 medical centers and regional offices not visited probably share many of them. Weaknesses resulting from deficiencies in written VA procedures can be expected at most or all locations, and other internal control deficiencies have frequently been noted during inspector general audits. GAO discussed the results of the survey with responsible accounting station headquarters personnel; in most instances they initiated or promised corrective action.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Administrator of Veterans Affairs should follow up to ensure that the weaknesses GAO identified are corrected.

    Agency Affected: Veterans Administration

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Administrator of Veterans Affairs should revise written VA procedures and the instructions covering financial and accounting operations to provide for needed internal control features.

    Agency Affected: Veterans Administration

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Administrator of Veterans Affairs should consider the internal control requirements discussed in this report in the evaluation of internal controls each agency head is required to make by the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act of 1982, and determine whether all weaknesses identified have been corrected in preparing the annual reports required by the act.

    Agency Affected: Veterans Administration

 

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