2016 Annual Report
Management’s Response to the Auditor’s Report
February 8, 2017
Mr. James Dalkin
Director, Financial Management and Assurance
U.S. Government Accountability Office
441 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20548
Re: FDIC Management Response on the GAO 2016 Financial Statements Audit Report
Dear Mr. Dalkin:
Thank you for the opportunity to review and comment on the U.S. Government Accountability Office's (GAO's) draft report titled, Financial Audit: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Funds' 2016 and 2015 Financial Statements, GAO-I 7-299R. We are pleased that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has received unmodified (unqualified) opinions for the twenty-fifth consecutive year on the financial statements of its funds: the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) and the FSLIC Resolution Fund (FRF). Also, GAO reported that the FDIC had effective internal control over financial reporting, and that there was no reportable noncompliance with provisions of applicable laws, regulations, contracts, and grant agreements that were tested. GAO did report deficiencies in FDIC's information systems controls that collectively represent a significant deficiency.
We appreciated GAO's acknowledgment of the progress made in addressing the challenges in the information technology area. FDIC management and staff will work to improve the internal control environment and will focus additional management attention to address and remediate the identified information system control deficiencies. FDIC recognizes the essential role a strong internal control program plays in an agency achieving its mission. Our dedication to sound financial management has been and will remain a top priority.
In complying with audit standards that require management to provide a written assessment about the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting, the FDIC has prepared Management's Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting. The report acknowledges management's responsibility for establishing and maintaining internal control over financial reporting and provides the FDIC's conclusion regarding the effectiveness of its internal control.
We want to thank the GAO staff for their professionalism and dedication during the audit and look forward to another productive and successful relationship during the 2017 audit. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Steven O. App
Deputy to the Chairman and Chief Financial Officer