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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Inspectors general detail $11.4 billion in potential savings governmentwide in fiscal 2007

Inspectors general across government identified $11.4 billion in potential savings through audits and closed 33,740 investigations in fiscal 2007, according to the IG community's annual report to the president.

More than 12,000 employees at 64 IG offices issued more than 6,500 audit reports and testified before the Congress 130 times in 2007. OIG investigations led to $5.1 billion in recoveries and receivables and 8,961 successful criminal prosecutions, according to the report, which was prepared by the IG offices of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Federal Communications Commission on behalf of the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency, and Executive Council on Integrity and Efficiency.

The report also highlighted the role of IGs in auditing agency financial statements. In fiscal 2007, more than 600 auditors participated alongside contractors in this massive task. Nineteen of the 24 departments received clean opinions for fiscal 2007, with only 39 material weaknesses governmentwide. Johnson said cooperation among the IG offices and agency financial managers played a crucial role in turning around financial statements in 45 days.

The annual IG report identifies the top management challenges each agency faces during the fiscal year. It also notes the top challenges governmentwide, which, for 2007, were:
  • Homeland security and disaster preparedness
  • Information technology management and security
  • Financial management and performance
  • Human capital management
  • Performance management and accountability
  • Procurement and grant management

- Elizabeth Newell, GovExec.com

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