UNITED STATES GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE REGIONAL OFFICE Z4J FEDERAL OFFICE BUlLDING 50 FULTON STREET SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA 94102 INREPLYREFERTO FEB22 l97l Mr. Thomas P. Helselth, State Conservationist Soil Conservation Service U. S. Department of Agriculture Room 308~, 'I?oga Bmlbng 2020 klvla Street Berkeley, California $4704 Dear Mr. Helselth: ' We have made a review for the settlement of accounts of the certlfylng officer of the California State Office, Sol1 Conservation Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture. Our renew--completed In January 197l--was made pursuant to the Budget and Accounting Act, 1921 (31 U.S.C. 53), and the Accounti;lng and Auditing Act of 1950 (31 U.S.C. 67). Our review was directed primarily toward the settlement of the certifying officer's accounts, and Included an exannnation of administrative procedures and controls relating to the dMz.urse- ment of funds and such tests of 1ndzvldue.l flranclal transactions as we considered appropriate. We also reviewed the most recent internal audits of the activities this Office performed by the Offlce of the Inspector General, Department of Agriculture, We ad not exemine program-type actlvltles, nor &d we conduct a payroll audit, since payroll functions are centrabzed at the Management Data Service Center, New Orleans, LouzMana. We found that with the exception that some travel advances raained outstanding for extended periods although no travel was performed and some advances appeared excessive relative to travel requurements, the procedures a;nd controls were generally satls- factory. We discussed this weakness with representatives of your offlce and corrective actlon has been promised. a We Tnsh to acknowledge the courtesies and cooperation given our representatives during the review. Copies of this report are being furnished to the Atinlstrator, So0 Conservation Service, and to the Inspector General, Department of Agriculture. We anticipate no further reporting of the results of this renew. Sincerely yours, &@9JBH _I A. 14. Claveu3 Regional Manage 50TH ANNIVERSARY 1921- 1971
Review for Settlement of Accounts of Certifying Officers, California State Office, Soil Conservation Service
Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1971-02-22.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)