Government Accountability Office Revises Yellow Book Standards
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) has updated its generally accepted government auditing standards to improve the quality of governmental audits. Commonly known as the “Yellow Book,” the revised standards supersede their 2011 counterparts and provide transparency and accountability for auditors when providing the public with unbiased analysis and information. Some of the changes include reformatting the chapters that distinguish requirements from application guidance, adding a definition for waste and related examples, and specific considerations for when internal control is significant to the audit objectives for performance audits. The revised standards must be applied to financial audits, attestation engagements, and. Read More.
Government Watchdog Says SEC’s Climate Change Disclosure Rules are Clear
After a comprehensive review, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) documents related to its climate change disclosure requirements have received the Government Accountability Office’s (“GAO”) approval. In a March 22 report, the government watchdog group said that the SEC’s disclosure requirements concerning climate-related risks under Release No. 33-9106, Commission Guidance Regarding Disclosure Related to Climate Change, are clear and do not need additional guidance. Release No. 33-9106 requires companies to disclose to investors the climate change risks they face, such as lawsuits or regulatory supervision. Effects caused by climate change could potentially impact a public company’s operations and financial stability.. Read More.
Use of Cost Realism in Proposal Evaluations
By: Curt Smith, Manager, Government Contractor Services Group When negotiating a contract price, the primary concern of contracting officers (“CO’s”) should be the price that the government will pay to obtain the required supplies or services from a responsible contractor. Their objective should be to negotiate a contract type and price (or estimated fee and cost) that will result in reasonable contractor risk and provide the contractor with the greatest incentive for efficient and economical contract performance. To achieve this goal, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) requires agencies to establish a negotiating objective based upon a price or cost analysis.. Read More.
SEC Called Out for Lack of Staff Oversight
A report by the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) says the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has made limited progress on improving oversight of the agency’s staff. Published on December 29, the report notes that the SEC continues to provide insufficient management of staff members and has yet to develop procedures for reviewing performance, improving collaboration efforts, and regularly assessing progress made. The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance received some of the blame for not giving supervisors expectations in how to resolve workplace problems and train employees.
GAO Denies Bid Protest
The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) has denied a bid protest challenging the agency’s evaluation of the protester’s proposal as unacceptable because the protester did not demonstrate that it had an accounting system that had been approved by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (“DCAA”). The National Security Agency (“NSA”) issued a small business set aside Request for Proposal for business, engineering, information technology, operations, and training support services. One of the evaluation subfactors was that offerors have an accounting system “that has been deemed acceptable for award by a [Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA)] audit at the time of proposal submission. Read More.
SEC Improves Internal Controls
According to a recent Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) report, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) internal controls are improving. In fiscal 2015, only six of the SEC’s 58 internal supervisory controls tested had deficiencies. Comparative to the GAO’s 2013 review, the six deficiencies mark a significant reduction from the 27 flaws identified in fiscal 2011. The GAO noted that none of the flaws are likely to inhibit the SEC from ensuring their divisions and offices carry out actions accordingly. Specifically, the watchdog agency found two flaws without clear control activities, three that showed a major element did not align with. Read More.
Topics: Division of Corporation Finance "Corp Fin", Division of Enforcement, Dodd-Frank Act, GAO Report, Government Accountability Office "GAO", Internal Controls, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, Securities and Exchange Commission "SEC"