|SUMMARY OF:||State of Alaska, Single Audit for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2017|
Purpose of the Report
This report summarizes our review of the State of Alaska’s basic financial statements and the State’s compliance with federal laws and regulations in the administration of approximately $4.4 billion of federal financial assistance programs. The audit was conducted in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America and Government Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States. It also complies with the federal Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 and the related United States Office of Management and Budget Uniform Guidance.
The report contains an opinion on the basic financial statements of the State of Alaska for FY 17, recommendations on financial and compliance matters, auditor’s reports on internal controls and compliance, the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards, and the Summary of Prior Audit Findings.
The basic financial statements for the State of Alaska are fairly presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America without qualification.
With the exception of the Medicaid Cluster and the United States Forest Service Fire Suppression Program, the State has substantially complied with the applicable laws and regulations in the administration of its major federal financial assistance programs. The report does contain recommendations regarding material weaknesses and significant deficiencies in the State’s internal control over financial reporting and internal control over federal compliance.
Findings and Recommendations
This report contains 78 recommendations, of which 29 are unresolved issues from last year. Some of the recommendations made in this report require significant changes in procedures or a shifting of priorities and, therefore, may take more than one year to implement. Of the 78 recommendations included in this report, 11 recommendations are made to the Department of Health and Social Services, whose major federal programs were audited by other auditors. The Summary Schedule of Prior Audit Findings in Section III identifies the current status of financial and federal program related prior audit recommendations not resolved as of
June 30, 2017.