Report | April 26, 2013

The Audit Opinion of the DISA FY 2011 Working Capital Fund Financial Statements Was Not Adequately Supported

DODIG-2013-071

What We Did

We determined the adequacy of Acuity Consulting’s (Acuity) auditing procedures for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) FY 2011 Working Capital Fund (WCF) Financial Statements. We also determined whether the contract oversight was sufficient.

What We Found

Acuity’s auditing procedures on the DISA FY 2011 WCF Financial Statements were inadequate. Specifically, Acuity did not:

  • properly test the DISA Fund Balance with Treasury (FBWT) reconciliations,
  • determine whether the undistributed accounts were free of material misstatements,
  • adequately assess whether the deficiencies identified by DISA in its FBWT memorandums for record would have a material impact on the financial statements and Acuity’s opinion,
  • perform adequate testing on Property,Plant, and Equipment, and
  • state in its auditor’s report that the DISA financial statement disclosures were inadequate.

This occurred because Acuity did not perform the audit in accordance with GAGAS, the FAM, and the AICPA standards. In addition, the contract oversight was not sufficient because the Director, Procurement and Logistics Directorate (PLD) prohibited the contracting officer’s representative (COR) from completing key duties required to provide oversight of Acuity’s work.

As a result, Acuity did not have sufficient evidence to issue an unqualified opinion on DISA’s FY 2011 WCF Financial Statements. Furthermore, the DoD does not have assurance that the DISA FY 2011 WCF Financial Statements are free of material misstatements.

What We Recommend

The Director, DISA should review the actions of the Director, PLD; ensure that individuals performing contract oversight of financial statement audits are qualified DISA employees; and seek a refund from Acuity.

The Managing Partner, Acuity should withdraw their opinion and review the planned work on future audits to gather sufficient evidence to support their opinion.

Management Comments and Our Response

The Vice Director, DISA, responded for the Director, stating agreement with the recommendations to review the actions of the Director, PLD and ensure that the individuals performing contract oversight of financial statement audits are qualified DISA employees. We request additional comments from the Director, DISA on Recommendations 1a and 1c.

The Managing Partner, Acuity responded stating disagreement with the recommendation to withdraw their unqualified opinion. We request reconsideration from the Managing Partner, Acuity on Recommendation 2a. We request additional comments from the Managing Partner, Acuity on Recommendation 2b.