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General Category => North America => Topic started by: Psalm 51:17 on January 04, 2012, 12:00:22 pm

Title: GAO announced it's unable to render opinion on '11 financial statements
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 04, 2012, 12:00:22 pm

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has announced it is unable to render an opinion on the consolidated 2011 financial statements of the federal government, citing concerns such as material internal control weaknesses. GAO did note that most of the Chief Financial Officers Act agencies received unqualified individual audit opinions this year, but auditors encountered a number of obstacles regarding the consolidated financial statements, including unauditable statements from the Department of Defense; inadequate accounting for, and reconciliation of, financial activity between federal agencies; and the government's ineffective overall process for preparing the consolidated financial statements. "The comprehensive fiscal projections presented in the 2011 Financial Report show that—absent policy changes—the federal government continues to face an unsustainable long-term fiscal path," comptroller general Gene Dodaro noted in a statement. Dodaro also pointed to an estimated $115.3 billion in improper payments, concerns with the government's information security and tax collection activities, and uncertainties over the effects of Medicare cost growth on the 2011 Statement of Social Insurance and 2011 Statement of Changes in Social Insurance Amounts.

Source Articles:   Significant Financial Management and Fiscal Challenges Reflected in the U.S. Government's 2011 Financial Report(Government Accountability Office, 12/23/2011)
GAO cannot give opinion on federal government's finances (Federal News Radio, 12/23/2011)