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Financial Audit: Federal Housing Finance Agency's Fiscal Years 2017 and 2016 Financial Statements

GAO-18-166R Published: Nov 15, 2017. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2017.
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What GAO Found

GAO found (1) the Federal Housing Finance Agency's (FHFA) financial statements as of and for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2017, and 2016, are presented fairly, in all material respects, in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles; (2) FHFA maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of September 30, 2017; and (3) no reportable noncompliance for fiscal year 2017 with provisions of applicable laws, regulations, contracts, and grant agreements GAO tested. In its written comments on a draft of this report, FHFA stated that it was pleased to accept the audit conclusions and that it will continue to work to enhance its internal control and ensure the reliability of its financial reporting, the soundness of its operations, and public confidence in its mission.

Why GAO Did This Study

The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 established FHFA as an independent agency empowered with supervisory and regulatory oversight of the housing-related government-sponsored enterprises: the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), the 11 Federal Home Loan Banks, and the Office of Finance. This act requires FHFA to annually prepare financial statements and requires GAO to audit the agency's financial statements. In accordance with the act, GAO audited FHFA's financial statements.

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