Financial Audit:

House Office of the Sergeant at Arms--Periods Ended 6-30-89 and 12-31-88

AFMD-90-28: Published: Feb 7, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 1990.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO examined the balance sheets of the Office of the Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives as of June 30, 1989, and December 31, 1988, and the related statements of operations and changes in financial position for each of the 6-month periods then ended.

GAO found that the financial statements presented fairly the financial position of the office as of June 30, 1989, and December 31, 1988, and the results of its operations and changes in financial position for the 6-month periods then ended, in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles applied on a consistent basis. GAO also found that certain House bank check-cashing procedures could result in material losses, since the bank: (1) cashed checks before notifying account holders that there were insufficient funds; (2) cashed checks for individuals who lacked authority to use the bank's facilities; and (3) lacked written guidance regarding appropriate check-cashing procedures.

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