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    Government Accountability Briefs- 2010 


    Economic Stimulus: The Impact on the Relationship between Recipients and the Inspector General and Audit Community (November) The largest single spending bill in United States history was enacted on Feb. 17, 2009 when President Obama signed the $767 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). It is also likely to be the most scrutinized initiative ever embarked upon by the Federal Government. This brief provides insight on the relationship between recipients and the GAO and federal inspectors.
    GASB Statement on No. 54, More than Just a Pretty Face  (June) This brief provides an overview of Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statement No. 54, Fund Balance Reporting and Governmental Fund Type Definitions.
    Benefits of Audit Committees and Audit Committee Charters for Government Entities (April) This brief explains the creation of an effective audit committee function that can help a government establish a focus specifically on issues related to fiscal accountability resulting in greater benefits.
    Enterprise Risk Management: Is it Relevant to Government? (February) The recent economic turmoil continues to draw significant attention to the multitude of risks organizations face as they pursue strategic goals. In some instances, risks far exceeded the organization’s appetite and ability to bear those risks, ultimately threatening its sustainability. This Government Accountability Brief discusses the risk management process.

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