Federal Internal Control and Financial Management Systems:

Major Reform Efforts Are Needed

T-AFMD-90-14: Published: Apr 18, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 1990.

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GAO discussed federal government actions to eliminate internal control and financial management system weaknesses. GAO found that: (1) there has been little progress in the government's efforts to strengthen its financial management system internal controls; (2) many of the systems were weak, outdated, and inefficient, and provided unreliable operational and cost data essential to monitoring program performance; (3) the federal government planned corrective actions and provided billions of dollars for financial management improvement programs, but system design flaws, misjudgements in requirements, and poor program management continued; and (4) the preparation of audited financial statements had a positive impact on system improvement and reduced fraud, waste, and abuse. GAO believes that: (1) the government needs to attract a strong work force to accomplish its goals; (2) the legislative and executive branches of government need to form a partnership to develop sound internal control and financial management systems; (3) increased congressional oversight and financial statement audits would help in the process of reviewing agency actions to correct internal control and accounting system weaknesses; and (4) financial management system improvements would require a significant monetary investment.

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