Review of the Government Printing Office's Internal Audit Program

LCD-77-444: Published: Nov 23, 1977. Publicly Released: Nov 23, 1977.

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The Government Printing Office's (GPO) internal audit program could be improved by: assuring that the audit planning process is performed with a minimum of influence from the GPO operational management, establishing criteria for accepting special projects, and coordinating plans with the Data Systems Service Management Review Group.

The Director of Audits has recently developed a plan which matches resources with audit plans and uses a priority system. Although the Office of Audits (OA) had previously conducted report followups, no formal system had been established, and followups had not recently been performed. A formal followup system has been instituted, but special projects requested by various management officials have reduced OA ability to meet its responsibility for making full-scope audits.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Public Printer should: take action to assure that the selection of audits and coverage of auditable areas are determined in an independent manner, making the final decision on the plan after the Director of Audits has developed the proposed plan, and using suggestions from operating officials; direct OA to process all special management requests through him so that the requests can be placed in proper perspective in relation to the OA goals and limited resources; and direct the Director, Data Systems Service, to coordinate planned reviews with the Director of Audits and to provide OA with copies of final reports.

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