Tuesday, April 1, 2008

GAO reports on weaknesses at the United Nations

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The GAO recently released several reports on problems at the United Nations. One is a round up of Oil for Food, another identifies weak internal controls within UN procurement practices, and the third report discusses the lack of independence of UN auditors and ties it to funding arrangements of the audit shop.

GAO report: Lessons Learned from Oil For Food Program (1.7 MBs)
GAO report: Procurement Internal Controls Are Weak (1.5 MBs)
GAO report: Funding Arrangements Impede Independence of Internal Auditors (2.3 MBs)

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