GAO has issued their annual report about ways the federal government can reduce inefficiencies and redundancy across a wide variety of programs and departments. The report gives a status update on the 1,299 actions GAO has recommended since 2011 to address billions of dollars in inefficient and duplicative spending.
The GASB has issued a proposal around disclosures related to certain risks. The proposal provides disclosure requirements for certain concentrations and constraints. Comments are due September 30, 2022.
The second quarter of 2022 is behind us and it was a very busy one for standard setters. The AICPA issued its suite of standards related to quality control. They also issued a SAS related to NOCLAR, which corresponds to changes recently made to the ethics requirements. GASB issued 3 final standards in Q3 and FASB issued 1 final standard.
The AICPA’s Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC) has proposed some new independence rules related to compliance audits. The AICPA is aware that much of the new COVID-19 related funding is causing many entities who have no been subject to audit requirements or single audit requirements historically to now be subject to them. They add 2 definitions and revise the definition of financial statement attest client to help identify which independence rules apply to these engagements. Comments are due September 1, 2022.
GAO has issued its 2022-2027 Strategic Plan. It includes the identification of 12 trends impacting the United States as well as 4 key efforts which are near-term priorities to provide the Congress with timely and fact-based analysis of the most important issues facing the nation.
OMB has issued its 2022 Compliance Supplement. While originally promised in April of 2022, OMB issued it on May 12 which is much better than the previous years that were issued in August. The Compliance Supplement includes new ARPA programs that were not addressed in the 2021 Supplement so this can be very helpful to auditors wrapping up some outstanding 2021 audits. The Supplement should be used for 6/30/22 year ends and beyond.