Yesterday we issued our financial report for fiscal year 2012, as required by the Dodd-Frank Act. The financial report has two main parts. The first part includes a narrative description of the bureau, including our mission, operating units, main activities, performance, and results. It provides some financial analysis and a description of our operating environment. The second section includes financial statements, notes, and the auditor’s report. Throughout the report, we have included assurances from the CFPB Director and Chief Financial Officer of our internal control over financial reporting.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is the CFPB’s financial auditor. For the second consecutive year, GAO rendered an unqualified – or “clean” – audit opinion of the CFPB’s financial statements. An unqualified opinion is the best result of a financial statement audit. It means that:
- we have presented the CFPB’s financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP);
- we applied those principles in a consistent basis; and,
- our financial statements include all of the information necessary to present them fairly.
GAO noted no material weaknesses or significant deficiencies in CFPB’s internal controls and cited no instances of noncompliance with laws and regulations.