National Archives

A Review of Selected Management Issues Gao ID: AFMD-89-39 May 23, 1989

In response to a congressional request, GAO investigated allegations that: (1) the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and National Archives Trust Fund Board improperly commingled appropriated funds and unrestricted Trust Fund money; (2) NARA violated federal procurement and personnel regulations; and (3) because Trust Fund personnel did not hold civil service appointments, they were not eligible to compete for remaining positions if a reduction-in-force occurred.

GAO found that: (1) NARA recorded its reproduction fees deposited into the Trust Fund in separate accounts; (2) NARA did not improperly expend the funds, because the fees were available for any appropriate Trust Fund expenditure; (3) the Trust Fund was not required to follow the Federal Acquisition Regulation when purchasing goods and services; and (4) because NARA personnel appointments were consistent with the law and regulations, all employees would compete equally for remaining positions in the event of reductions-in-force. GAO also found that: (1) the Trust Fund could not ensure that it complied with the legislative requirement that its profits not exceed the 10-percent profit margin allowed for its publications; (2) Trust Fund financial operations lacked written policies, procedures, and documentation for its accounting practices; (3) NARA and Trust Fund annual reports did not provide a Statement of Changes in Financial Position; and (4) the financial statements did not fully disclose unusual transactions and were unaudited, resulting in inaccurate and unreliable financial information for presentation to Congress.


Our recommendations from this work are listed below with a Contact for more information. Status will change from "In process" to "Open," "Closed - implemented," or "Closed - not implemented" based on our follow up work.

Director: Team: Phone:

The Justia Government Accountability Office site republishes public reports retrieved from the U.S. GAO These reports should not be considered official, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Justia.