Fraud


A GAO report ( www.gao.gov/new.items/d02676t.pdf ) on the use of purchase cards at the Education, Navy, Agriculture, Interior and Transportation departments reveals internal control weaknesses permitted thousands of unauthorized or questionable transactions between 1998 and 2001, involving potentially millions of dollars in waste and abuse. The watchdog agency discovered failures to follow purchasing guidelines, inadequate card-usage training and oversight and, at some agencies, outright fraud. To prevent further losses, the GAO recommends improved management scrutiny of purchase-card transactions (in fiscal year 2001, 400,000 employees from about 60 federal agencies spent nearly $14 billion) and increased training for participating employees.

SPONSORED WHITE PAPER

Preparing the statement of cash flows

This instructive white paper outlines common pitfalls in the preparation of the statement of cash flows, resources to minimize these risks, and four critical skills your staff will need as you approach necessary changes to the process.

RESOURCES

Keeping you informed and prepared amid the COVID-19 crisis

We’re gathering the latest news stories along with relevant columns, tips, podcasts, and videos on this page, along with curated items from our archives to help with uncertainty and disruption.