DID YOU KNOW? DTIC has over 3.5 million final reports on DoD funded research, development, test, and evaluation activities available to our registered users. Click HERE
to register or log in.
Department of Defense: Implications of Financial Management Issues
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC ACCOUNTING AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT DIV
Pagination or Media Count:
As an integral part of an effective budget execution system, an agency is responsible for determining and maintaining its available fund balance. Treasury also has information about activity in the agencys accounts, and Treasurys and the agencys records must be periodically reconciled to determine the actual amount of funds available. This is analogous to reconciling ones personal checking account with the monthly bank statement. DOD weaknesses in accounting for its funds include 1 the inability to reconcile its balances to Treasurys, 2 frequent adjustments of recorded payments from one appropriation to another appropriation account, including to canceled appropriations, 3 problem disbursements-disbursements that are not properly matched to specific obligations recorded in the departments records, and 4 obligated balances that are incorrect or unsupported. As a result of these weaknesses, auditors have been unable to verify DODs Fund Balance With Treasury and its major components -obligate and unobligated balances. This means that DOD does not know with certainty the amount of funding that is available. This information is essential for DOD and the Congress to be able to determine the status of funds and if unobligated balances are available that could be used to reduce current funding requirements or that could be reprogrammed to meet other critical program needs.
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE