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Senate Approves Bill for Full 2013 DHS Audit

In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the Senate passed a bill requiring the Department of Homeland Security to undergo and pass a full audit by fiscal year 2013.

Federal News Radio reports the bill also requires the DHS chief financial officer to submit a modernization plan to Congress regarding the agency’s financial systems for evaluation by the comptroller general.

The Department of Homeland Security Audit Requirement Target Act was introduced last year by Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), according to that report.

Johnson said in a release the department had a $59.9 billion budget in fiscal year 2012, compared to the $31.1 billion for fiscal 2003, the department’s first year.

The workforce increased by 56 percent over eight years, he added, going from 107,513 employees in fiscal 2003 to 167,808 in fiscal 2011.

According to GovExec, DHS officials said earlier this month they were ready for a full-scale audit in every category except one.

Rafael Boras, undersecretary for management, told the website at the time they made progress in accounting for property, particularly at the Coast Guard and Transportation Security Administration.

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