The California State Auditor is the State's independent external auditor that provides independent, nonpartisan, accurate, and timely assessments of California government's financial and operational activities in compliance with generally accepted government auditing standards. The California State Auditor's Office reports its findings to the Legislature and recommends actions that lead to improving government operations, saving the State and taxpayers millions of dollars.
The California State Auditor's Office:
An audit is an assessment of information for an organization, project, individual, or entity. Audits are conducted to provide insight on internal structure and its effectiveness, evaluation of an entity's performance, pursue any misconduct or wrongdoing, determine the accuracy of information, and propose solutions to problems identified. The goal of the California State Auditor is to report its findings to the Legislature and recommend actions that lead to the improvement of government operations, which saves taxpayers millions of dollars.
The California State Auditor evaluates and assesses:
The assessments, audits, and evaluations involve:
Any member of the Legislature can request the California State Auditor to conduct an audit using two venues—through a request to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC), a 14-member committee comprised of seven senators and seven assemblymembers or through legislation.
JLAC audits (discretionary audits), may evaluate any state agency, city, county, school district, or special district. Mandated audits are typically written into law creating or amending a program or entity or incorporated into the annual Budget Act.
Steps to request a discretionary audit:
The Chief of Public Affairs is available for any inquiries and can be reached at (916) 445-0255.
The California State Auditor is seeking motivated candidates who already have or are within a year of graduating with a degree in accounting, business, finance, economics, or MPA/MPP/MBA/JD graduate degrees. Candidates must have strong analytical and writing skills—and a desire to be challenged—to apply to join our team in Sacramento. No experience is required; we will train you.
If you are interested in working with the California State Auditor, please click Join Our Team for more information.
Under the California Whistleblower Protection Act (the "Act"), the California State Auditor has broad authority to perform independent investigations into complaints about state agencies or employees engaging in an improper governmental activity. The term "improper governmental activity" is defined by the Act, and includes any violation of law or any conduct that is wasteful of state resources. For more information about what may constitute an improper governmental activity, please consult our Investigations page.
Individuals may submit complaints about improper governmental activities by calling the State Auditor's Whistleblower Hotline. Alternatively, they may submit complaints in writing by mail or facsimile, or through this Web site. For information about how to file a complaint, please consult our About Filing a Complaint page. The State Auditor's Office carefully reviews every complaint received to determine whether to conduct an investigation. At the completion of an investigation, when the State Auditor is able to substantiate that an improper governmental activity has occurred, the State Auditor reports the results of the investigation to the agency where the wrongdoing occurred and makes recommendations to address the wrongdoing. Approximately twice each year, the State Auditor issues a report summarizing the results of investigations that have substantiated an improper governmental activity and makes the report available to the Legislature, the governor, and the public. When appropriate, the State Auditor also refers information about substantiated improper governmental activities to appropriate law enforcement agencies. Although the State Auditor does not have enforcement authority under the Act, state agencies are required to report back to the State Auditor on the actions they have taken in response to the State Auditorís recommendations.