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2003 Annual Report

III. Financial Statements and Notes - Management's Response

Appendix 1

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
550 17th St. NW Washington, DC, 20429                  Deputy to the Chairman & Chief Financial Officer

February 9, 2004

Mr. David M. Walker
Comptroller General of the United States
U. S. General Accounting Office
441 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20548

Re: FDIC Management Response on the GAO 2003 Financial Statements Audit Report

Dear Mr. Walker:

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the U. S. General Accounting Officeís (GAO) draft audit report titled, Financial Audit: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Fundsí 2003 and 2002 Financial Statements, GAO-04-429. The report presents GAOís opinions on the calendar year 2003 financial statements of the Bank Insurance Fund (BIF), the Savings Association Insurance Fund (SAIF), and the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation Resolution Fund (FRF). The report also presents GAOís opinion on the effectiveness of FDICís internal controls as of December 31, 2003 and GAOís evaluation of FDICís compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

We are pleased to accept GAOís unqualified opinions on the BIF, SAIF, and FRF financial statements and to note that there were no material weaknesses identified during the 2003 audits. The GAO reported that: the fundsí financial statements were presented fairly and in conformity with U. S. generally accepted accounting principles; FDIC had effective internal control over financial reporting (including safeguarding of assets) and compliance with laws and regulations; and there were no instances of noncompliance with selected provisions of laws and regulations.

GAO identified the need to improve internal control over FDICís information systems (IS) and issued a reportable condition. Although GAO identified weaknesses in FDICís IS controls, the audit team noted that significant improvements had been made during the past year, and that the weaknesses did not materially affect the 2003 financial statements. We acknowledge GAOís assessment of both the status and the substantial progress made in addressing the IS control environment. During 2003, FDICís accomplishments included implementation of a recurring IS controls self assessment program, implementation of more stringent contractor personnel clearance and site security policies and procedures, and establishment of an aggressive patch management program. The FDIC will continue efforts to strengthen its ongoing, comprehensive information security program during 2004.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.


Steve O. App

Steven O. App
Deputy to the Chairman and Chief Financial Officer


Last Updated 3/01/2004 communications@fdic.gov

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