Summary: H.R.3142 — 100th Congress (1987-1988)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (08/06/1987)

Federal Financial Management Improvement and Public Accountability Act - Establishes: (1) the Office of the Chief Financial Officer of the United States in the Executive Office of the President; (2) an Assistant Secretary for Financial Management in each executive department; and (3) a Controller in each executive agency. Requires officers to be appointed to such positions by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. Requires the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to: (1) provide central direction and monitoring of the executive agencies in the management of their financial activities; (2) ensure that the President and the Congress are fully informed of the Government's financial management condition; (3) maintain the central accounting and reporting records of the Government; (4) use an accrual method of accounting to prepare an annual report of the consolidated financial position of the Federal Government; (5) publish and distribute copies of such report to the Congress, State Governors, and the general public; (6) prepare the budget of the Government for each fiscal year and a budget forecast for the five succeeding fiscal years using the cash basis method of accounting and an accrual method of accounting; and (7) review the performance indicators developed by agency heads to evaluate programs under which an agency expends $25,000,000 in a single fiscal year.

Directs the Comptroller General to: (1) prescribe the manner in which generally accepted accounting principles may be applied in preparing required reports and budgets under this Act; (2) audit the annual report of the CFO and performance indicators developed by heads of executive agencies; and (3) report to the President and the Congress on the results of such audits.

Requires each Assistant Secretary and Controller to: (1) maintain a strategic financial management plan for the department or agency; (2) participate in the appointment, development, and evaluation of financial managers of such department or agency; and (3) produce consolidated financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Requires the budget of each department and agency to contain a line item for its Assistant Secretary or Controller based on its strategic financial management plan.

Establishes in the executive branch the Federal Finance Council, which shall consist of the CFO and the Assistant Secretaries, as an advisory body on financial management objectives, information requirements, plans, operations, and activities.

Directs the President to transfer to the Office of the CFO: (1) such functions of the executive agencies as the President determines are properly related to the functions of the Office; and (2) such personnel, property, and records of such agencies as are related to the transferred functions.