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Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi. Madam Speaker, I rise in support of S. 1998, the DHS Audit Requirement Target Act of 2012 and yield myself such time as I may consume.
Madam Speaker, since it was established nearly a decade ago, the Department of Homeland Security has been unable to obtain a ``clean'' or unqualified audit of its financial statements. This is simply unacceptable.
When I was chairman last Congress, the Committee on Homeland Security conducted significant oversight of the deficiencies that have plagued the Department's financial management efforts since its creation.
While we understand that DHS has taken many of the steps necessary to obtain a clean audit, more remains to be done. S. 1998 would direct DHS to take the necessary steps to obtain a clean audit by the end of fiscal year 2013. It also requires DHS to report to Congress on its plans to strengthen its financial controls and modernize its financial management systems.
Madam Speaker, S. 1998 helps put DHS on a path toward sound financial management, and for that reason, I plan to support the bill today.
With that, Madam Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.
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