Treasury Department

An Assessment of the Need for a Statutory Inspector General Gao ID: AFMD-86-3 August 21, 1986

In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the audit and investigative activities the Department of the Treasury's organizational units conducted, focusing on the differences and similarities between the organization and operation of those units and those of the statutory offices of inspector general in other executive branch departments and agencies.

GAO found that: (1) Treasury's Inspector General (IG) has audit and investigative responsibility for only 11 percent of Treasury's operating budget, while law enforcement bureaus' internal affairs and inspection staffs audit and investigate 89 percent of the budget; (2) the law enforcement bureaus report the results of their internal audits and investigations to bureau management; (3) since the head of internal affairs determines which audits are significant and reports them to IG, there is no assurance that the Secretary is informed of audit and investigative issues that could have a departmentwide impact; and (4) Treasury does not routinely inform Congress about its audit and investigative activities.


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