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Posted by on Jan 7, 2020

Knowledge Check – Internal Controls

Knowledge Check – Internal Controls

Simply stated, internal controls are like mom’s house rules. If you want things to run smoothly, you must follow these processes and procedures. If you fail to do so, you will face serious consequences. The main difference between mom’s house rules and the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO’s) Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government […]

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Posted by on Nov 22, 2019

Celebrate the Astounding Accomplishments Made by GAO in FY2019

Celebrate the Astounding Accomplishments Made by GAO in FY2019

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) “exists to support the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the Federal Government for the benefit of the American people.” That seems like an awesome responsibility, and looking through GAO’s Performance and Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2019, you see […]

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Posted by on Nov 5, 2019

Stomping Out Fraud in Government

Stomping Out Fraud in Government

When you consider that each fiscal year the Federal Government appropriates trillions for projects, programs, and operating budgets, it is easy to see that there might be opportunities for misuse of funds. According to the Government Accountability Office, (GAO), a person commits fraud when they attempt to obtain something of value through willful misrepresentation. But what does that look like in day-to-day operations? Let’s examine some recent earth-shattering to seemingly minor examples that should put fraud in perspective.

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2019

Significant Changes Introduced by the 2018 Yellow Book

Significant Changes Introduced by the 2018 Yellow Book

In July of 2018, the long-anticipated revision of the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO’s) Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS), commonly referred to as The Yellow Book, was released. It provides auditors with professional qualification guidelines and generally accepted government auditing standards for performing audits, including reporting and quality control.

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Posted by on Sep 3, 2019

What’s Really at Risk?

What’s Really at Risk?

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) publishes Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government (also known as the Green Book), which defines, among other things, four principles of risk assessment. In short, they are:
1. Define objectives and risk tolerances
2. Identify, analyze, and respond to risks
3. Assess fraud risk
4. Identify, analyze, and respond to change

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Posted by on Aug 7, 2019

Paying for Federal IT Modernization

Paying for Federal IT Modernization

One of the themes in the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) focuses on eliminating the discrepancy between the American people’s experiences dealing with the private sector and their experiences interacting with the Federal Government. For many Federal Agencies, bridging this gap will require an overhaul of information technology (IT) assets and processes.

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