GAO SAYS CHALLENGES REMAIN IN IRS FINANCIAL CONTROLS: While the Internal Revenue Service has made "great strides" in addressing financial management challenges and internal control deficiencies, a report from the Government Accountability Office stated that the service still faces substantial hurdles in that area.Citing audits of the IRS's 2004 and 2005 financials, the GAO report said that the service had to rely heavily on "resource-intensive compensating processes to prepare its financials," as a result of its inability to maintain effective internal controls.
Over 2005, the IRS implemented its new Integrated Financial System, which is designed to provide improved audit trails and more up-to-date information on such activities as travel, goods and services purchases, and budgeting. However, the GAO said that the service has lapsed on such issues as revenue collections and information security. The investigative arm of Congress said that it would monitor the IRS's progress in implementing 84 recommendations that remain open that the GAO had proposed during prior audits.
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