Financial Audit:

U.S. Government Printing Office's Financial Statements for Fiscal Year 1995

AIMD-96-52: Published: Apr 16, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1996.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Government Printing Office's (GPO) financial statements for the year ended September 30, 1995, its internal controls, its compliance with selected laws and regulations, and its budget authority.

GAO found that: (1) GPO 1995 financial statements were reliable in all material respects; (2) internal controls effectively safeguarded assets against loss, ensured that transactions were executed in accordance with budgetary authority and relevant laws and regulations, and ensured that transactions were properly recorded, processed, and summarized; (3) GPO 1995 financial statements showed no instances of noncompliance; (4) while GPO internal controls and operational procedures are not materially weak, GPO needs to correct previously identified internal control deficiencies, strengthen security over computer access to the financial management and text processing electronic data processing systems, strengthen the systems' contingency and back-up planning, and reconcile subsidiary ledgers for accounts receivable and accounts payable on a regular basis; and (5) in addition to its financial records, GPO included a performance measures section that describes selected operational and financial performance measures and management's comments on actions to improve its financial position.

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