Financial Management:

Extending the Financial Statements Audit Requirement of the CFO Act to Additional Federal Agencies

GAO-02-740T: Published: May 14, 2002. Publicly Released: May 14, 2002.

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Congress is considering expanding the number of federal agencies required to prepare audited financial statements to include all executive branch agencies that have budget authority of $25 million or more. The Federal Financial Management Improvement Act of 1996 builds on the Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act by encouraging agencies to have systems that generate timely, accurate, and useful information with which to make informed decisions on an ongoing basis. The 26 non-CFO Act agencies that GAO surveyed reported that they anticipate significant benefits from audited financial statements.

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