Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
Office of Audit
STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FEDERAL Financial Management Improvement AcT
Issued on April 30, 2014
Highlights of Report Number:† 2014-10-026 to the Internal Revenue Service Chief Financial Officer.
IMPACT ON TAXPAYERS
The Federal Financial Management Improvement Act (FFMIA) remediation plan is a critical part of the IRSís efforts to bring its financial management systems into compliance with the FFMIA and to provide reliable and timely financial data. †Complete and reliable financial information is critical to the IRSís ability to accurately report on the results of its operations to both internal and external stakeholders, including taxpayers.
WHY TIGTA DID THE AUDIT
The overall objectives of this review were to identify any instances of and reasons for missed intermediate target dates established in the IRSís Fiscal Year 2013 FFMIA remediation plan and to determine whether the IRS has taken adequate corrective actions on prior audit findings related to the plan.
WHAT TIGTA FOUND
The IRS has continued to take action on internal control weaknesses that affect its financial reporting.† For example, the IRS closed seven of 11 open remediation actions during Fiscal Year 2013 and did not miss any intermediate target dates on its remediation plans related to the unpaid tax assessments material weakness.† However, in December 2013, the Government Accountability Office reported that because of the material weakness in the IRSís internal controls over unpaid tax assessments and the associated system deficiencies, the IRS financial management systems did not comply with the Federal financial management systems requirements. †The unpaid tax assessments material weakness affects the IRSís ability to accurately quantify the amount of unpaid tax assessments owed to the IRS.
IRS management advised TIGTA that they cannot determine when they will achieve compliance with the FFMIA because it is largely contingent on the implementation of the Customer Account Data Engine 2 (CADE 2).† As TIGTA previously reported, the IRS has not included any specific details related to the CADE 2 in its remediation plan.† Because the IRS has indicated that the CADE 2 is a key piece of its strategy to address its material weakness related to unpaid tax assessments, TIGTA continues to believe CADE 2 implementation and associated cost estimates should be included in the remediation plan.
WHAT TIGTA RECOMMENDED
TIGTA did not make any recommendations in this report.† However, a discussion draft of the report was provided to the IRS for review and comment.† In its response, the IRS stated that it is planning to reassess the November 2014 closing date for the unpaid assessments material weakness once the scope for the CADE 2 Transition State 2 has been determined.
READ THE FULL REPORT
To view the report, including the scope and methodology, go to:
E-mail Address: ††TIGTACommunications@tigta.treas.gov
Phone Number:†† 202-622-6500