Date: September 2, 2005
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Description: Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Authoritative bodies have promulgated laws, accounting standards, information system requirements, and related guidance to emphasize the need for cost information and cost management in the federal government. In particular, the (1) Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act of 1990, (2) Statement of Federal Accounting Standards No. 4: Managerial Cost Accounting Concepts and Standards for the Federal Government, and (3) Joint Financial Management Improvement Program's (JFMIP) Framework for Federal Financial Management Systems established requirements and accounting standards for managerial cost accounting (MCA) information at federal agencies. The Federal Financial Management Improvement Act of 1996 (FFMIA) built on this foundation and required, among other things, CFO Act agencies' systems to comply substantially with federal accounting standards and federal financial management systems requirements. MCA involves the accumulation and analysis of financial and nonfinancial data, resulting in the allocation of costs to organizational pursuits such as performance goals, programs, activities, and outputs. The data analyzed depend on the operations and needs of the organization. Nonfinancial data measure the occurrences of activities and can include, for example, the number of hours worked, units produced, grants managed, inspections conducted, people trained, or time needed to ...
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