Management Report: Improvements Needed in Controls over the Preparation of the U.S. Consolidated Financial Statements, Report to Agency Officials   [open pdf - 622KB]

From the Highlights: "Treasury, in coordination with OMB [Office of Management and Budget], prepares the 'Financial Report of the United States Government', which contains the CFS [Consolidated Financial Statements]. Since GAO's [Government Accountability Office] first audit of the fiscal year 1997 CFS, certain material weaknesses and other limitations on the scope of its work have prevented GAO from expressing an opinion on the CFS, exclusive of the Statements of Social Insurance (SOSI). Also, GAO was unable to express opinions on the 2012, 2011, and 2010 SOSI and 2012 and 2011 Statements of Changes in Social Insurance Amounts because of significant uncertainties, primarily related to the achievement of projected reductions in Medicare cost growth, reflected in these statements. As part of the fiscal year 2012 CFS audit, GAO identified material weaknesses and other control deficiencies in the processes used to prepare the CFS. The purpose of this report is to (1) provide details on new control deficiencies GAO identified related to the preparation of the CFS, (2) recommend improvements, and (3) provide the status of corrective actions taken by Treasury and OMB to address GAO's prior recommendations relating to the preparation of the CFS that remained open at the end of the fiscal year 2011 audit. […] GAO is making six recommendations -- five to Treasury and one to OMB--to address the new control deficiencies identified by GAO during the fiscal year 2012 CFS audit. In commenting on GAO's draft, OMB and Treasury generally concurred on 5 of the 6 recommendations, and Treasury will consider implementation of the other recommendation."

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