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Financial Audit Manual: Volume 3, September 2021 (Updated June 2023)

GAO-21-105127 Published: Sep 15, 2021. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2021.
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The Financial Audit Manual (FAM) presents a methodology for performing financial statement audits of federal entities in accordance with professional standards. It is a tool for enhancing accountability over taxpayer-provided resources.

This June 2023 update replaces Financial Audit Manual, Volume 3 (June 2022 version) and contains the Federal Financial Reporting Checklist.

The FAM also consists of:

Volume 1: the audit methodology

Volume 2: detailed implementation guidance

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The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) maintain the GAO/CIGIE Financial Audit Manual (FAM).

For more information, please visit the main Financial Audit Manual page, or contact Dawn B. Simpson at (202) 512-3406 or

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