Results of GAO's Assistance on Audit of U.S. Government Printing Office's Fiscal Year 1997 Financial Statements

AIMD-98-250R: Published: Aug 3, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 1998.

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GAO assisted the Government Printing Office (GPO) in satisfying its statutory requirement for the audit of GPO's fiscal year 1997 financial statements by: (1) participating in contracting with an independent public accounting firm, KPMG Peat Marwick LLP, to perform the audit; (2) monitoring the audit's progress; and (3) reviewing KPMG's working papers and reports for compliance with generally accepted government auditing standards (GAGAS), GAO's Financial Audit Manual (FAM), and GAO's Federal Information System Controls Audit Manual (FISCAM).

GAO noted that: (1) GAO reviewed KPMG's working papers and draft reports and, as necessary, made follow-up inquiries with representatives of GPO's Office of the Inspector General and KPMG; (2) GAO's review, as differentiated from an audit, was not intended to enable it to form an opinion on the fair presentation of GPO's consolidated financial statements, the effectiveness of internal controls, or compliance with laws and regulations; (3) as the auditor of record, KPMG is responsible for its report, dated June 12, 1998, and for the conclusions expressed therein; and (4) the results of GAO's review of KPMG's working papers disclosed no instances where KPMG did not comply, in all material respects, with the FAM, FISCAM, and GAGAS.

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