Federal Bureau of Investigation Annual Financial Statement - Fiscal Year 2008

Audit Report 09-16
February 2009
Office of the Inspector General

Commentary and Summary

This audit report contains the Annual Financial Statement of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for the fiscal years (FY) ended September 30, 2008, and September 30, 2007. Under the direction of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), KPMG LLP performed the FBI’s audit, which resulted in an unqualified opinion on the FY 2008 financial statements. An unqualified opinion means that the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position and results of the entity’s operations in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. For FY 2007, the FBI also received an unqualified opinion on its financial statements (OIG Report No. 08-07).

KPMG LLP also issued reports on internal control over financial reporting and on compliance and other matters. For FY 2008, the Independent Auditors’ Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting identified one significant deficiency. The significant deficiency relates to insufficient controls over the FBI’s financial reporting process. Specifically, improvements are needed in the FBI’s quality assurance controls over financial statements and footnotes at year-end and formal policies and procedures need to be updated.

In their Report on Compliance and Other Matters, the auditors concluded that the FBI’s financial management systems did not substantially comply with federal financial system requirements and the United States Standard General Ledger at the transaction level as required by the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act of 1996 (FFMIA). The non-compliance with FFMIA was also reported for FY 2007.

The OIG reviewed KPMG LLP’s reports and related documentation and made necessary inquires of its representatives. Our review, as differentiated from an audit in accordance with U.S. generally accepted government auditing standards, was not intended to enable us to express, and we do not express, an opinion on the FBI’s financial statements, conclusions about the effectiveness of internal control, conclusions on whether the FBI’s financial management systems substantially complied with the FFMIA, or conclusions on compliance with laws and regulations. KPMG LLP is responsible for the attached auditors’ reports dated November 5, 2008, and the conclusions expressed in the reports. However, our review disclosed no instances where KPMG LLP did not comply, in all material respects, with U.S. generally accepted government auditing standards.


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