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Apply Effective Internal Controls and Reporting

Tools and Resources

Financial Audits: Key Regulations and Tips

Use this tip sheet to review regulations concerning financial audits. Identify steps for selecting an auditor and related online resources.

Real Property Status Report (SF-429)

Real Property Reporting and Request Requirements, ACF-IM-HS-15-01, instructs grantees to use and submit standard form (SF) Real Property Status Report 429. Use this resource to help grantees access this form.

Federal Financial Report (SF-425)

All Head Start grantees are required to submit financial reports made for their federal award(s) using the standard form (SF) Federal Financial Report. Use this resource to help grantees access this form.

Management Override and Financial Statement Fraud

Overriding established control procedures and recording unauthorized or inappropriate journal entries can inadvertently lead to financial reporting frauds. Review this resource to prevent this from happening within your organization.

Standard Forms

Explore this library of grant-related standard forms. The forms are commonly used to apply for Administration for Children and Families (ACF) grants and to report on the status of grant projects.

Fiscal Management Systems

Fiscal management ensures accountability for federal assets and compliance with regulations. It also includes internal controls. Explore this library of resources to help grantees develop and execute a budget that reflects and supports program goals and priorities.

Internal Control: A Tool for The Audit Committee

Use this tool to give audit committees basic information about internal controls. Learn about the effective use of internal controls, and how to apply them to financial reporting.

Real Property Status Report (SF-429)

Every year, programs must report the status of real property that is purchased, constructed, or subject to major renovations, and paid for with federal Head Start funds and real property claimed as match for a Head Start award. This resource helps grantees access these post-award reporting forms, SF-429 and SF-429-A. 

Policies and Regulations

Changes in Federal Reporting, ACF-PI-HS-16-01

Every year, programs must report the status of real property that is purchased, constructed, or subject to major renovations, and paid for with federal Head Start funds and real property claimed as match for a Head Start award. This resource helps grantees access these post-award reporting forms, SF-429 and SF-429-A. 

Internal Controls, 45 CFR § 75.303

Review this regulation to learn how grantees must establish and maintain effective internal controls that keep their program in compliance with federal statutes and regulations.

Performance and Financial Monitoring and Reporting, 45 CFR §§ 75.341-343

These regulations describe the requirement for monitoring and reporting on activities supported by a federal award.

Last Updated: July 6, 2018