USDOJ/OIG - Semiannual Report to Congress, April 1, 1997 - September 30, 1997
Glossary of Terms
The following are definitions of specific terms as they are used in the report.
Border Crosser Card: An INS identification card (Form I-586) issued to Mexican nationals residing along the border in Mexico that permits entry into the United States for shopping or visits of short duration.
Disallowed Cost: A questioned cost that management has sustained or agreed should not be charged to the government.
Disclaimer of Opinion: Unavailability of sufficient competent evidential matter to form an opinion.
External Audit Report: The results of audits and related reviews of expenditures made under Department of Justice contracts, grants, and other agreements. External audits are conducted in accordance with the Comptroller General's Government Auditing Standards and related professional auditing standards.
Green Card: INS Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-151 or Form I-551).
Information: Formal accusation of a crime made by a prosecuting attorney as distinguished from an indictment handed down by a grand jury.
Internal Audit Report: The results of audits and related reviews of Department of Justice organizations, programs, functions, computer security and information technology, and financial statements. Internal audits are conducted in accordance with the Comptroller General's Government Auditing Standards and related professional auditing standards.
Qualified Opinion: The judgement by the CPA in the audit report that "except for" something, the financial statements fairly present the financial position and operating results of the component.
Questioned Cost: Cost that is questioned by the OIG because of (a) an alleged violation of a provision of a law, regulation, contract, grant, cooperative agreement, or other agreement or document governing the expenditure of funds; (b) a finding that, at the time of the audit, such cost is not supported by adequate documentation; or (c) a finding that the expenditure of funds for the intended purpose is unnecessary or unreasonable.
Record of Arrival and Departure (I-94): Form provided to each nonimmigrant visitor to the United States that contains the alien's date of arrival, class of admission, and date of departure.
Recommendation that Funds be Put to Better Use: Recommendation by the OIG that
funds could be used more efficiently if management of an establishment took actions to
implement and complete the recommendation, including (a) reductions in outlays; (b)
deobligation of funds from programs or operations; (c) withdrawal of interest subsidy
costs on loans or loan guarantees, insurance, or bonds;
(d) costs not incurred by implementing recommended improvements related to the operations of the establishment, a contractor, or grantee; (e) avoidance of unnecessary expenditures noted in pre-award reviews of contract or grant agreements; or (f) any other savings that are specifically identified.
Recovered Funds: Government funds returned to the Department or the U.S. Treasury as the result of an investigation.
Restitution Funds: Payments to victims of crimes or civil wrongs ordered by courts as part of a criminal sentence or civil or administrative penalty.
Seizures: Property, including cash, real estate, vehicles, etc., used or acquired through illegal activities, that is confiscated by law enforcement officials. A decision is made by a court or civil authority regarding the disposition of the seized property.
Unqualified Opinion: The judgement of the certified public accountant who has no reservation as to the fairness of the component's financial statements.
Unsupported Cost: Cost that is questioned by the OIG because the OIG found that, at the time of the audit, such cost is not supported by adequate documentation.
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