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GAO Flunks SEC’s Internal Controls

GAO Flunks SEC’s Internal Controls

by Toby Lucich on November 19, 2007

The Government Accountability Office said Monday that the Securities and Exchange Commission had a material weakness in the internal controls over its financial reporting.

The GAO’s report said that data related to accounts receivable balances is processed manually at the SEC in a manner that is prone to error and could result in inaccurate financial reporting by the agency. The news is a blow to the SEC, which was criticized by the GAO in 2006 for the same manual processes, but narrowly avoided a material weakness by putting in place extra controls to compensate for them. The GAO said those controls were not effective in 2007.

GAO Flunks SEC’s Internal Controls

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