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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: 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: 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: Nancy R. Kingsbury
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: financial, over, reporting, taxpayer, data, control, internal, security, irs, needs, enhance, information
Number of Pages: 32
Published: 2011-05-01
ISBN-10: 1437983111
ISBN-13: 9781437983111

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) relies extensively on computerized systems to support its financial and mission-related operations and on information security controls to protect financial and sensitive taxpayer information that resides on those systems. As part of an audit of IRS's FY 2010 and 2009 financial statements, the auditor assessed whether controls over key financial and tax processing systems are effective in ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of financial and sensitive taxpayer information. To do this, the auditor examined IRS information security policies

Author: Daniel I. Gordon
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: media, analysts, officers, military, defense, retired, department
Number of Pages: 11
Published: 2010-08
ISBN-10: 1437921647
ISBN-13: 9781437921649

This report provides an opinion on whether the DoD violated the appropriations prohibition on publicity or propaganda in its 2002 through 2008 outreach to retired military officers (RMO) who served as media analysts. The auditor concluded that the outreach program did not violate the publicity or propaganda prohibition. Although there is no doubt that DoD attempted to favorably influence public opinion with respect to DoD's war policies in Iraq and Afghanistan through RMOs with conf. calls, meetings, travel and access to senior DoD officials, the auditor found no evidence that DoD attempted to

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
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