Second-Year Implementation of the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act in the Department of Education

Gao ID: HRD-85-78 September 26, 1985

GAO reviewed the Department of Education's efforts to implement and comply with the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act of 1982 (FMFIA).

GAO found that: (1) Education's second-year implementation of the act identified some new internal control weaknesses; (2) Education's progress in evaluating accounting systems in 1984 provided a better basis for reporting; (3) there were insufficient internal controls to prevent unauthorized access and manipulation; (4) Education excluded important program areas from vulnerability assessment coverage and did not effectively focus its assessment of remaining areas on potential risk of fraud; and (5) reviews performed on many major programs have been ineffective for determining the adequacy of internal controls. GAO also found that: (1) there was little assurance that corrective actions would be taken because Education did not have a complete inventory of identified material weaknesses; (2) a methodology for assessing automated systems' internal controls has not been developed; (3) Education did not ensure effective implementation of internal control activities by its program offices; (4) six of Education's largest systems did not conform with the Comptroller General's requirements; and (5) there was no adequate basis to state whether Education's system of internal controls, taken as a whole, conformed to the act's objectives.


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