The Office of the Auditor General serves as an independent source of impartial information concerning State and local governmental entities and provides specific recommendations to improve the operations of those entities. To fulfill its statutory duties, the Office must:
- Ascertain whether public entities are making wise use of their resources—public money, personnel, property, equipment, and space.
- Determine whether public entities are complying with applicable laws, regulations, and governmental accounting and financial and reporting standards.
- Define standards and establish procedures for accounting and budgeting, as the Legislature requires.
- Provide technical assistance to State and local governmental entities.
The Office has audit responsibility for State agencies, counties, universities, community college districts, and school districts. The Office also completes highly specific research and investigative projects in response to legislative requests.
The Joint Legislative Audit Committee, which oversees all audit functions of the Arizona Legislature, provides direction for the Auditor General’s Office. Subject to approval by a majority vote of both legislative houses, the Committee also appoints the Auditor General for a 5-year renewable term.
The Auditor General is assisted in fulfilling office responsibilities by a Deputy and nearly 220 employees organized into 5 operating divisions: Accounting Services, Financial Audit, Financial Investigations, Performance Audit, and School Audits. These divisions are supported by a general counsel and administrative, information technology services, and quality control groups.
The Office of the Auditor General is an Equal Employment Opportunity Agency.
Our Mission Statement:
We are independent and provide impartial information, impactful recommendations, and stakeholder education to improve Arizona government for its citizens.
To make a positive difference by promoting better government.
- Making a positive difference
We care about making a positive difference and perform high-quality, impactful work that is respected and valued
by our stakeholders, including Arizona citizens.
- Independence and integrity
We fulfill the needs of legislators, other organizations, and the public by providing accurate, relevant, and impartial
information including factual, unbiased reports and recommendations.
- Highly skilled professionals
We attract and retain the best and brightest professionals by investing in their development, providing
challenging and rewarding opportunities, and offering a supportive and flexible work environment.
- Exemplary leadership
We strive to develop our professionals to become leaders.
- Respectful, collaborative relationships
We foster respectful, collaborative relationships between our colleagues, which are essential to our success.
- Innovation and continual improvement
We are dedicated and committed to the need for innovation and continual improvement, both in the work that we
do and in the personal and professional development of our employees.
- Work-life balance
We work hard at what we do and expect a lot of our professionals, but we recognize the importance of spending
time with family and friends, and on other interests.