Framework for Evaluating Internal Controls over Financial Reporting in Sovereign Governments This paper develops a proposed framework for evaluating government financial reporting systems. It is based on an international study of financial reporting and their associated internal controls. The framework provides a generic model for evaluating internal controls over financial reporting at three different levels. Sovereign governments publish their financial statements which have far reaching implications. The size and scale of economic activity of sovereign governments means that their financial reports are more susceptible to errors. Their significance has also increased with globalization. The challenge is greater than for private sector accounting because of the lack in uniformity in government accounting. In contrast, most private enterprises produce accounts based on commercial principles and a double entry accounting system. Government accounting ranges from modified cash based systems in most countries to full accrual accounting in New Zealand and a few other countries. We would welcome a debate over our proposed framework.