We audited the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI’s) fiscal year (FY) 2019 first quarter financial and award data submission in accordance with the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) and submission standards developed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). We assessed the data and found that, while they contained most of the required information and conformed to the OMB and Treasury standards, there were small deficiencies in completeness, timeliness, and accuracy of the data we sampled. Specifically, we found in the 57 data elements for each of the 385 transactions that 3.45 percent were incomplete, 2.84 percent were not timely, and 11.34 percent were not accurate. These results were projected to the DOI’s FY 2019 first quarter submission, and the deficiencies were small enough to still meet the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Federal Audit Executive Council’s “higher” quality standard. We offer three recommendations to help the DOI improve its submissions and comply with standards. In response to our draft report, the DOI concurred with all three recommendations. Based on this response, we consider all three recommendations to be resolved but not implemented. We will refer the recommendations to the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget for implementation tracking.
Thursday, November 7, 2019
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