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Financial Audit: Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s FY 2019 and FY 2018 Financial Statements

GAO-20-192R Published: Nov 15, 2019. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2019.
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The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection works to ensure banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat citizens fairly, and to enhance financial education.

We audit the Bureau’s financial statements each year and issue an opinion on them, as well as on the effectiveness of the Bureau's internal controls (e.g., ability to ensure that transactions are properly authorized and recorded). In 2019, we found the statements were reliable and that the Bureau's controls over financial reporting were effective.

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What GAO Found

GAO found (1) the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s (Bureau) (Bureau) financial statements as of and for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2019, and 2018, are presented fairly, in all material respects, in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles; (2) the Bureau maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of September 30, 2019; and (3) no reportable noncompliance for fiscal year 2019 with provisions of applicable laws, regulations, contracts, and grant agreements GAO tested.

In commenting on a draft of this report, the Bureau stated that it was pleased to receive an unmodified audit opinion on its fiscal years 2019 and 2018 financial statements and on its internal control over financial reporting. In addition, the Bureau stated that it will continue to work to enhance its system of internal control and ensure the reliability of its financial reporting.

Why GAO Did This Study

Title X of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, both require the Bureau to annually prepare financial statements and GAO to audit the agency’s financial statements. This report responds to these requirements.

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