I am pleased to announce that 2015 marks the third year in a row that the Department of Homeland Security has received a clean audit opinion of the Department’s financial statements from an independent auditor, working in conjunction with our Office of Inspector General. Essentially, this opinion says that our financial statements are accurate.
Once again, this is a remarkable achievement for the third largest Department in the government, with 22 components, nearly 230,000 employees, and a 60 billion dollar budget. I salute our Chief Financial Officer Chip Fulghum, the CFOs of our components, and our entire financial management team for the hard work that went into this achievement. This level of teamwork reflects the Unity of Effort initiative that makes our Department successful. I am proud of this accomplishment, and all of the good work by the men and women of this Department who support our homeland security mission.