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GAO’s Financial Management and Assurance Mission Team

Posted on November 13, 2014


GAO’s workforce is organized largely by subject area, with many of its employees working in 1 of 14 mission teams. Today we’ll be putting the spotlight on the Financial Management and Assurance (FMA) team, which helps improve and transform the government’s financial management and operations.


FMA issues 3 types of reports and some standards:

For more information on our work, see our High Risk issue area on DOD Financial Management. You can also see our numerous Key Issues by checking the “Auditing and Financial Management” box on this page.


In fiscal year 2014, FMA identified $8.7 billion in financial benefits for the federal government as well as 235 other efficiencies. Directors from FMA testified at 4 congressional hearings and contributed to 3 hearings with other GAO teams.

A Closer Look at an FMA Report:  Army Budgetary Resources

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 requires DOD to describe how its Statement of Budgetary Resources (SBR) will be validated as ready for audit. As the largest component within DOD, the U.S. Army accounted for about 30 percent of DOD’s total spending for fiscal year 2013. DOD issued guidance to provide a standard methodology for its components to use to develop and implement financial improvement plans, improve financial management, and achieve audit readiness.

While the Army has made important progress in developing a financial improvement plan for its General Fund SBR efforts, we found that it did not fully follow DOD guidance to ensure that the plan considered the scope of what needed to be done to become audit-ready.

Further, the Army did not fully follow DOD guidance in documenting, assessing, and testing SBR controls. Based on test results from June 2012 through May 2013, the Army’s control tests had an average failure rate of 56 percent and identified extensive deficiencies such as lack of appropriate reviews or approvals.


Excerpted from GAO-14-60

This raised concerns about the likelihood that the Army would achieve audit readiness as planned.


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