"As a June 30 Office of Management and Budget deadline approaches for agencies to issue assurances of their internal controls over financial reporting, experts have different ideas on how to secure immediate and long-term compliance.
At a Tuesday breakfast for members of the federal financial community, government and industry panelists made various recommendations for meeting the deadline, which is set in OMB's Circular A-123. These ranged from implementing information technology systems to winning buy-in from top management.
Fiscal 2006 is the first year in which agencies covered by the 1990 Chief Financial Officers Act must provide assurances that the internal processes that feed into financial reports are accurate and effective. Agency heads will be required to note any significant or 'material' weaknesses in those controls and identify corrective actions. "