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Information Technology Management Letter for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Component of the FY 2014 Department of Homeland Security Financial Statement Audit

Executive Summary

We contracted with the independent public accounting firm KPMG, LLP to perform the audit of the consolidated financial statements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the year ended September 30, 2014. KPMG, LLP evaluated selected general information technology controls and business process application controls at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. KPMG, LLP determined that USCIS had made improvements in designing and consistently implementing controls related to reviewing audit logs and enforcing account security requirements. However, KPMG, LLP continued to identify access control deficiencies related to USCIS’s core financial system. Additionally, many key financial and feeder systems have not been substantially updated since being inherited from legacy agencies several years ago. Such control deficiencies have limited USCIS’s ability to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of its critical financial and operational data.

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