The Internal Revenue Service was singled out by congressional auditors for slow-footed implementation of federal accounting rules requiring government agencies to implement effective management reporting for cost information.In a report to the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Management, Finance and Accountability, investigators at the Government Accountability Office concluded that, overall, the federal bureaucracy is doing only a mediocre job in complying with government accounting standards that call for the development and implementation of managerial cost accounting.

While some agencies - including the Federal Aviation Administration and other Transportation Department units - were praised by the GAO for showing strong leadership in the development of such cost accounting systems, others appear to be falling behind.

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