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Author: Kay L. Daly
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: management, internal, control, pervasive, contract, deficiencies, medicare, medicaid, services, centers
Number of Pages: 65
Published: 2010-10
ISBN-10: 1437926258
ISBN-13: 9781437926255

As a result of internal control deficiencies discussed in a 2007 report on certain contracts at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the auditor was asked to identify the extent to which CMS: (1) implemented effective control procedures over contract actions; and (2) established a strong control environment for contract management. The auditor used a statistical random sample of 2008 CMS contract actions to assess CMS internal control procedures. The results were projected to the population of 2008 CMS contract actions. The auditor reviewed contract file documentation and inte

Author: Jeannette Franzel
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: audit, coverage, nasa, improve, needed, general, actions, inspectors
Number of Pages: 77
Published: 2009-11
ISBN-10: 1437913016
ISBN-13: 9781437913019

The auditor was asked to review the NASA Office of Inspector General (OIG) and provide information on: (1) the audit and investigative coverage of NASA; (2) the NASA OIG's audit and investigative accomplishments; (3) the NASA OIG's budget and staffing levels, including staff attrition rates; and (4) the results of external reviews of the NASA OIG. The auditor obtained information from NASA OIG reports, interviews, and documentation. Includes recommendations. Illustrations.

Author: Gregory D. Kutz
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: states, passport, issuance, process, vulnerabilities, significant, state, undercover, tests, reveal, department
Number of Pages: 14
Published: 2009-06
ISBN-10: 1437914578
ISBN-13: 9781437914573

A genuine U.S. passport permits its owner to travel freely in and out of the U.S., prove U.S. citizenship, obtain further identification documents, and set up bank accounts, among other things. The auditor was asked to proactively test the effectiveness of State's passport issuance process to determine whether the process is vulnerable to fraud. The investigation shows that terrorists or criminals could steal an American citizen's identity, use basic counterfeiting skills to create fraudulent documentation for that identity, and obtain a genuine U.S. passport from the Dept. of State. The audit

Author: Michael Brostek
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: plan, focus, efforts, develop, penalties, administration, irs, evaluate, tax
Number of Pages: 25
Published: 2009-12
ISBN-10: 1437918867
ISBN-13: 9781437918861

Civil tax penalties are an important tool for encouraging compliance with tax laws. It is important that the IRS administers penalties properly and determines the effectiveness of penalties in encouraging compliance. In response to a congressional request, the auditor determined: (1) whether IRS is evaluating penalties in a manner that supports sound penalty administration and voluntary compliance and, if not, how IRS may be able to do so; and (2) whether IRS's guidance for a new penalty for failure to disclose reportable transactions was issued in a timely manner and was useful to affected pa

Author: Andrew Sherrill
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: directed, spending, items, procedures, award, department, defenses, contract, mandate
Number of Pages: 11
Published: 2009-06
ISBN-10: 1437911951
ISBN-13: 9781437911954

The Nat. Def. Auth. Act for FY 2008 directed the auditor to compare procedures used for awarding noncompetitive defense contracts for new projects pursuant to: (1) congressionally directed spending items or congressional earmarks; and (2) the special interests of senior exec. branch officials. The auditor has concluded that it is not feasible for him to address the mandate. First, he has not found a sound approach for systematically identifying "new projects of special interest to senior exec. branch officials." And, he was unable to apply the definitions of "congressional earmarks" because of

Author: Elaine Howle
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: risk, production, delivery, issue, electricity, designated, california, state, auditor
Number of Pages: 50
Published: 2010-11
ISBN-10: 1437918123
ISBN-13: 9781437918120

In May 2007 the Calif. Auditor included the production and delivery of electricity to its list of high-risk issues. Since Califżs. restructuring of the electricity industry in the late 1990s and the subsequent energy crisis of 2000 and 2001, the electricity sector has continued to evolve. The actions the State and other market participants have taken have decreased the risk of another energy crisis. However, these stakeholders continue to work to resolve issues and to further refine the actions taken to alleviate the earlier energy crisis. This report also identifies significant new issues an

Author: Matthew S. Goldberg
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: budget, submission, congressional, testimony, year, fiscal, implications, department, defenses, term
Number of Pages: 23
Published: 2010-11
ISBN-10: 1437924352
ISBN-13: 9781437924350

This testimony is an analyses of DoD¿s budget requests and preliminary projections for FY 2011 through 2028. Those projections are based in part on the President¿s 2010 budget request and budget justification materials the Admin. provided to the Congress with that request. Among the other sources consulted to supplement this analysis were DoD press releases and briefing materials and the Sec. of Defense¿s announcement in April 2009 of changes to the nation¿s defense plans. The long-term demand for defense resources could be larger than the auditor¿s base projections. The auditor estimates
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