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Independent Auditorsí Report on Compliance and Other Matters

Inspector General
U. S. Department of Justice

Asset Forfeiture Management Staff
U. S. Department of Justice

We have audited the consolidated balance sheets of the U.S. Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund and Seized Asset Deposit Fund (AFF/SADF) as of September 30, 2005 and 2004, and the related consolidated statements of net cost, changes in net position, and financing, and the combined statements of budgetary resources, for the years then ended, and have issued our report thereon dated October 26, 2005. We conducted our audits in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America; the standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States; and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Bulletin No. 01-02, Audit Requirements for Federal Financial Statements.

The management of the AFF/SADF is responsible for complying with laws, regulations, and contracts applicable to the AFF/SADF. As part of obtaining reasonable assurance about whether the AFF/SADF’s fiscal year 2005 financial statements are free of material misstatement, we performed tests of the AFF/SADF’s compliance with certain provisions of laws, regulations, and contracts, noncompliance with which could have a direct and material effect on the determination of the financial statement amounts, and certain provisions of other laws and regulations specified in OMB Bulletin No. 01-02, including certain requirements referred to in the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act of 1996 (FFMIA). We limited our tests of compliance to the provisions described in the preceding sentence, and we did not test compliance with all laws, regulations, and contracts applicable to the AFF/SADF. However, providing an opinion on compliance with laws, regulations, and contracts was not an objective of our audit, and, accordingly, we do not express such an opinion.

The results of our tests of compliance described in the preceding paragraph, exclusive of those referred to in FFMIA, disclosed no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards or OMB Bulletin No. 01-02.

Under OMB Bulletin No. 01-02 and FFMIA, we are required to report whether the AFF/SADF’s financial management systems substantially comply with: (1) Federal financial management systems requirements, (2) applicable Federal accounting standards, and (3) the United States Government Standard General Ledger at the transaction level. To meet this requirement, we performed tests of compliance with FFMIA Section 803(a) requirements.

The results of our tests of FFMIA disclosed no instances in which the AFF/SADF’s financial management systems did not substantially comply with the three requirements discussed in the preceding paragraph.

This report is intended solely for the information and use of the management of the U.S. Department of Justice, the U. S. Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Management Staff, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General, the OMB, the Government Accountability Office, and the U.S. Congress and is not intended to be and should not be used by anyone other than these specified parties.


October 26, 2005