December 6, 2022

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Congressional Award Foundation: Review of the FY 2021 Financial Statement Audit

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What GAO Found

Based on the limited procedures GAO performed in reviewing the independent public accountant’s (IPA) audit of the Congressional Award Foundation’s fiscal year 2021 financial statements, GAO did not identify any significant issues it believes require attention. Had GAO performed additional procedures, other matters might have come to its attention that it would have reported. The IPA provided an unmodified audit opinion on the Foundation’s fiscal years 2021 and 2020 financial statements. Specifically, the IPA found the Foundation’s financial statements were presented fairly, in all material respects, in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Further, for fiscal year 2021 the IPA did not identify any (1) deficiencies it considered to be material weaknesses in the Foundation’s internal control over financial reporting nor (2) instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under U.S. generally accepted government auditing standards. The Foundation concurred with the IPA’s conclusions.

GAO’s review of the Foundation’s fiscal year 2021 financial statement audit, as differentiated from an audit of the financial statements, was not intended to enable GAO to express, and it does not express, an opinion on the Foundation’s financial statements nor conclude on the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting. Furthermore, GAO does not express an opinion on the Foundation’s compliance with provisions of applicable laws, regulations, contracts, and grant agreements. The IPA is responsible for its reports on the Foundation dated February 17, 2022, and the conclusions expressed therein.

GAO provided a draft of this report to the Foundation’s National Director and the IPA’s Audit Principal for review and comment. They responded that they had no comments on GAO’s report.

Why GAO Did This Study

This report presents the results of GAO’s review of the Foundation’s fiscal year 2021 financial statement audit. The Congressional Award Act established the Congressional Award Board to carry out a program to promote excellence among the nation’s youth in the areas of public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition or exploration. The Board created the Foundation as a nonprofit corporation to assist in carrying out this program. The Congressional Award Act, as amended by the Government Reports Elimination Act of 2014, requires the Foundation to obtain an annual financial statement audit from an IPA. The act also requires GAO to review the audit and report the results to the Congress annually. GAO’s objective was to review the Foundation’s fiscal year 2021 financial statement audit in order to identify any significant issues it believes require attention. To satisfy this objective, GAO (1) read and considered various documents with respect to the IPA’s independence, objectivity, and qualifications; (2) analyzed key IPA audit documentation; (3) read the Foundation’s fiscal years 2021 and 2020 financial statements, the IPA’s audit report on the Foundation’s financial statements, and the IPA’s report on internal control over financial reporting and on compliance and other matters based on its audit; and (4) discussed matters pertinent to its objective with IPA representatives and Foundation management officials.

For more information, contact Beryl H. Davis at (202) 512-2623 or davisbh@gao.gov.

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