"I am pleased to provide the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Annual Financial Report (AFR) for fiscal year (FY) 2007. The report documents progress toward protecting the American people from terrorist attacks and natural threats and ensuring our Nation is prepared for any disaster that may befall this country. The report also demonstrates the effects of our hard work to ensure taxpayer dollars are accurately accounted for and effectively and efficiently used. This year, we have made significant progress improving Department-wide internal controls for financial reporting. For the first time, I am able to provide assurances that internal control over financial reporting is designed effectively, with the exception of the material weaknesses listed in my Assurance Statements. Additionally, the report's performance measures are complete and reliable, and will be discussed in the forthcoming Annual Performance Report. The AFR is an alternative approach to the consolidated Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) published in previous years. […] We must continue our work to improve systems and information sharing to stay ahead of the terrorists, and others who wish us harm, as they will never relent. We must protect our borders to keep dangerous people and things from entering our country, and we must have plans in place to protect our critical infrastructure in case something would occur. We must continue our work to ensure that we can respond to and recover from natural disasters."
United States Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/