WASHINGTON, DC (January 30, 2023)—Today, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued an exposure draft with proposed updates to Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS), also known as the Yellow Book. GAO invites public comments on the proposed changes, which reflect developments in accounting and auditing professions.
“This latest update is intended to strengthen and modernize audit organizations’ systems for managing engagement quality using a proactive and risked-based approach,” said Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and the head of GAO. “The proposed approach is intended to help ensure that audit organizations produce reliable, objective, and high-quality work for use in holding management and officials entrusted with public resources accountable for carrying out their duties.”
The proposed updates to the Yellow Book also are intended to improve the scalability of the standard for audit organizations of various sizes and those with quality management systems that vary in complexity and formality. Some of the proposed changes include:
- a change in approach from quality control to quality management
- a risk-based process for achieving the objectives of quality management
- provisions for optional engagement quality reviews of GAGAS engagements
- application guidance on key audit matters for the public sector
To ensure that the proposed standards meet the needs of auditors who use GAGAS, the Comptroller General has convened an advisory council consisting of representatives from federal, state, and local governments and the private sector and academia. The 2023 exposure draft includes the advisory council’s input.
The draft is also available for public comment through April 28, 2023. Interested parties may send their feedback to YellowBookComments@gao.gov. GAO will consider those comments in finalizing its Yellow Book revisions. All comments from the public will be considered a matter of public record and will be posted on GAO’s website.
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