Rural Utilities Service, USDA.
Notice of confirmation of direct final rule.
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) hereby gives notice that no adverse comments were received regarding the direct final rule 7 CFR part 1773, Policy on Audits of RUS Borrowers; Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS), and confirms the effective date of the direct final rule.
The direct final rule published in the Federal Register on May 21, 2001 (66 FR 27833) is effective July 5, 2001.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Richard Annan, Chief, Technical Accounting and Auditing Staff, Program Accounting Services Division, Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., STOP 1523, Washington, DC 20250-1523. Telephone: 202-720-5227.
The rule amends Part 1773 to incorporate two amendments to Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) adopted in 1999 by the General Accounting Office. Among other requirements the GAGAS amendments require the auditor to document in the working papers the basis for assessing risk when certain assertions are significantly dependent on computerized information systems; expands the requirements for the auditor's communication with the borrower; replaces the term irregularities with the term fraud; and requires the auditor to emphasize in the auditor's report the importance of the report on compliance and on internal control over financial reporting. In addition to the GAGAS amendments, this rule corrects errors and omissions in previous versions of Part 1773.
Confirmation of Effective Date
This is to confirm the effective date of July 5, 2001, of the direct final rule, 7 CFR Part 1773, Policy on Audits of RUS Borrowers; Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS), published in the Federal Register on May 21, 2001, at 66 FR 27833.Start Signature
Dated: July 12, 2001.
Blaine D. Stockton,
Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.
[FR Doc. 01-17932 Filed 7-17-01; 8:45 am]
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