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Monday, April 24, 2006

GAO: Internal Control Weaknesses in Federal Financials

"The Government Accountability Office is making a dozen new recommendations to address the compilation and reporting weaknesses that the agency identified during its audit of the 2005 fiscal year federal government financials.

For the past nine years, the GAO has refused to vouch for the accuracy and completeness of the government's financial statements.

In a report issued last week, the Office of Management and Budget said that it generally agreed with the findings of the GAO, while the Treasury stated that it concurs with 11 of the recommendations and offered a proposal for the final recommendation that should address the problem.

The GAO said that the weaknesses in the financial statement impair the ability to gauge whether the government is in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles . "

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