Someone has to make sure government is improving every day. That's Us.
Commitment. Integrity. Leadership.
Californians turn to us because our reports are a catalyst for positive change. After months of hard work analyzing facts and data, you'll find us at the Capitol briefing Legislators, in our pressroom answering questions from the media, or at local school board meetings helping decision makers and the public understand their options. People trust what we say because our reports are unbiased and based on an objective evaluation of the evidence we collect. Untangling problems and getting to the truth takes grit. Figuring out how to solve complex problems takes creativity. The only way we can fulfill our mission is by working together, supporting each other, and always improving as individuals and as an organization.
"We make recommendations to help government provide high-quality, efficient, and equitable access to services for all Californians. We evaluate complex problems and recommend actionable solutions."
Grant Parks California State Auditor
We Influence Positive Change...
When decision makers act on our recommendations, real change happens. Because of our work, children have improved access to preventative health care, more California students were admitted to our public universities, and local governments are in better positions to respond to disease outbreaks. We also make recommendations to government agencies that help them to better serve the public.
...And Solve Problems.
The Legislature asks us to examine some of California's biggest challenges. This includes homelessness, education accountability, environmental concerns, and government waste. Our teams get to the heart of these issues by understanding the law, interviewing key players, analyzing data, and poring over government documents. We become the experts, and once we understand the root cause of a problem, we pivot to develop creative and practical ways to solve it.
"Even the work of a rookie can help improve California government. The Legislature passed a bill incorporating important recommendations I helped develop in my first audit."
Nicole Madera Performance/Policy Evaluator