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FIRST AGA May 13, 2009. Integrity from Merriam-Webster. Firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values: incorruptibility An unimpaired condition: soundness The quality or state of being complete or undivided: completeness Synonyms, see honesty. 1.

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FIRST

AGA

May 13, 2009


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Integrityfrom Merriam-Webster

  • Firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values: incorruptibility

  • An unimpaired condition: soundness

  • The quality or state of being complete or undivided: completeness

  • Synonyms, see honesty

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What We Want to Talk About

  • What is FIRST?

  • Why do we need it?

  • What are the its key concepts?

  • What benefits can we expect and when?

  • What are some of the system characteristics?

  • How do we get ready?

  • My challenge: Can I change your mind?

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What IS FIRST?

GFRS

USSGL

Database: SID

USSGL based

Reporting: GTAS

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What We Will Collect

FMS will collect quarterly USSGL-based trial balances, similar to FACTS II but expanded to cover proprietary USSGL accounts and all fund symbols.

FMS will edit the inbound trial balances using the central accounting data, Bureau of Public Debt data on investments and borrowings, and rules of the USSGL.

FMS will provide instant and actionable feedback to agencies and their auditors.

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Why do we need FIRST?

  • Reporting by agencies to Treasury and OMB is:

  • inconsistent

  • redundant

  • It emphasizes reporting rather than accounting

  • Results are bad

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Why do we need FIRST?Example of a Bad Result: Net Outlays

  • Gross disbursements

  • Less: Offsetting Collections

  • Equal: Net Outlays

  • Less: Receipts

  • Equal: Deficit

  • FY 2008: Net Outlays reported by agencies via monthly 224/1219/1220 differed from SBR outlays by $162 billion government-wide.

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Why do we need FIRST?Conceptual Issues

  • Our model doesn’t work

  • Primacy of the Financial Report of the U. S. Government

  • Standards for the “One” entity that matters

  • Recognition of the Budget Process

  • Constancy of purpose

  • The clean opinion temptation

  • True transparency

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Why do we need FIRST?More specific reasons

  • FY 2008 eliminations differences

  • Non-expenditure transfers: $25 billion

  • Buy-sell: $31 billion

  • The “plug”: $30 billion

  • Shared responsibility, in case you think it’s just an FMS problem

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Why we need FIRST3 types of inconsistency

  • Inconsistent data in Agency Statements vs. the Financial Report of the U. S. Government. (GFRS addresses this type)

  • Inconsistent data in agency financial statements vs. agency monthly reporting to Treasury and Warrant and NET transactions (Not addressed)

    3. Agency financial statement data not consistent with USSGL. (Not addressed)

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Current Situation:FMS makes $1 trillion worth of JVs for the FR each fall.Where will the next problem pop out?

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FIRST-Key Concepts

  • The Financial Report of the U. S. Government has primacy over component financial statements.

  • Preparation of financial statements is an accounting function, not a political one. We must use accounting principles. We will support the Financial Report of the U. S. government with trial balances.

  • The USSGL is the common accounting language we all speak or should speak. Therefore, the collection of USSGL-based trial balances will be the key to our future success.

  • We will replace FACTS I, FACTS II, IFCS and the input part of IRAS, reducing the number of agency reports and standardizing them.

  • We will validate and edit every incoming trial balance using every tool available (USSGL rules, central accounting system, BPD data, etc) and provide instant feedback.

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Business as System

Outputs

Customers

Inputs

FR

Agency Statements

President, Congress

Citizens

GWA Internal Processes

A-136

FASAB, TFM, etc

Detailed edit reports

Accurate data

suitable for

Analysis.

Predictive

capability

USSGL-based trial balances

Feedback

Today, the stuff coming in from the left is bad. We need to help fix it.

Agencies supply components that don’t fit the completed machine.


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Current Stovepipes

FACTS II

STAR

Stovepipes

Undisbursed Trial-balance reports…

FACTS I

IFCS

224 – Statement of Transactions

2108

133

P&F

IRAS

GFRS

TROR


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Future Look

GWAMP/USSGL

GFRS

USSGL

Database: SID

USSGL based

Reporting: GTAS

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Trial Balance Example

  • 1010 d 700 < 4119 d 1000 <

  • 1750 d 300 4170 c 100 <

  • 1759 c 15 4610 c 400

  • 2110 c 300 4901 c 300

  • 3101 c 1000 < 4902 c 200

  • 3103 d 100 <

  • 3107 d 500

  • 5700 c 500

  • 6100 d 200

  • 6710 d 15

  • 8801 c 300

  • 8802 d 300

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Information Sharing—FIRST Steps

  • GWA Account Statement

  • UCAD

  • FACTS II Edit report

  • GWA’s Business Process Group

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Expected Results

  • USSGL Compliance

  • Reduced elimination differences

  • More consistent reporting from each agency that FMS can read, interpret, and consolidate

  • Elimination of obvious and embarrassing discrepancies

  • Better information for decision-making

  • Eventually, a predictive capability

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System Characteristics

  • Supermaf with TAS attributes

  • A trial balance for every Treasury Account Symbol

  • Expenditure accounts like FACTS II, plus receipt accounts, deposit funds, clearing accounts (12,000 per quarter)

  • Beginning and ending balances plus all USSGL attributes

  • Bulk files only

  • CGAC format

  • Instant and usable feedback

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System Characteristics

  • Ready for testing summer 2011

  • Open for practice all the time after that

  • Agencies must successfully transmit bulk files

  • Ready for production first quarter FY 2012 (January 2012)

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Improved FR Data Edits

GFRS

Financial Report of the U. S. Government

Agency Accounting Systems

Agency Financial

Statements

FIRST

Feedback loop

GWA

USSGL

Database

USSGL based

Reporting

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Federal Agency

Standard General Ledger

Program and Financing

Schedule

FMS 2108

SF 133

FIRST

FMS

OMB

New Process

Central

Accounting

System

Edits

GFRS

Treasury Annual Reporting

President’s Budget

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Government-wide Benefits

  • Takes advantage of GWAMP

  • Streamline reporting requirements on agencies

  • Focus on accounting, not reporting

  • Improved quality of financial information

  • Ease of use of the USSGL for agencies

  • Logical, long range approach that attacks core problems (i.e., intra-gov eliminations & budgetary vs. proprietary data consistency)

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Getting Ready

  • Try to send consistent data to FMS. This will force you to communicate within your agency.

  • Use the FACTS II bulk, and generate FACTS II trial balances from your system.

  • Become USSGL compliant. Stop posing and commit!!!

  • Begin using UCAD and Account Statement

  • Attend FIRST forums and/or training class

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Information

  • FIRST

  • GTAS -- http://www.fms.treas.gov/gtas

  • USSGL -- http://www.fms.treas.gov/ussgl

  • GWA –https://www.gwa.gov

  • Jeff Hoge -(202) 874-6179 [email protected]

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