Adequacy of Internal Audit Coverage of Agency Financial Operations

FGMSD-79-11: Published: Jan 19, 1979. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 1979.

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GAO reviewed the Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Audits' internal financial auditing. The Office of Audits prepared 605 reports on DOT's programs from 1975 through 1977, of which GAO reviewed a sample, along with supporting working papers.

Many Office of Audits reports focused on lapses of internal controls which could have led to fraud, error, or abuse. The Office of Audits has generally been successful in obtaining compliance with its recommendations in these instances. However, the planned decrease of staff of the Office of Audits, from 105 to 82, may reduce the audit organization's ability to continue the present level of coverage of financial operations without decreasing the coverage of program operations. The planned combination of internal and external audit operations in a single office may restrict the internal audit function.

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