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Financial Audit: Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection's Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Statements

GAO-12-186 Published: Nov 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2011.
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Title X of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, referred to as the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010, created the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB). The act charged it with the responsibility of regulating the offering and provision of consumer financial products or services under the federal consumer financial laws. The act also requires CFPB to annually prepare financial statements, and further requires GAO to audit these statements. The Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 also requires that GAO audit CFPB's financial statements. Pursuant to the above-referenced requirements in these two acts, GAO audited CFPB's fiscal year 2011 financial statements to determine whether (1) the financial statements were fairly presented, and (2) CFPB management maintained effective internal control over financial reporting. GAO also tested CFPB's compliance with selected laws and regulations..

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