WASHINGTON – Today, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) commended the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) following its announcement that it has obtained a clean financial audit for the second year in a row:
“This announcement is welcome news of progress and demonstrated sustainment for the Department of Homeland Security, and illustrates that the Department is taking important, consistent steps toward strong stewardship of taxpayer funds,” said Chairman Carper. “Producing a clean financial audit is certainly no small or easy task for any agency, let alone one of the Department of Homeland Security’s size and complexity. I commend the Department and its leadership for its commitment to financial management.”
In 2012, Chairman Carper joined Senators Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Ron Johnson (R- Wisc.) in seeing passage into law of the DHS Audit Requirement Target (DART) Act, which requires DHS to obtain and pass full audits for its financial statements. By continuing to earn this clean bill of financial health from an independent auditor, DHS continues to be in compliance with this law. The Department of Defense is the only large federal department that is unable to conduct a financial audit.