Mission, Philosophy, and Values
The California State Auditor's Office provides objective evaluations and effective solutions that enhance the transparency, accountability, and performance of California government for the people it serves.
The staff of the California State Auditor understand and respect the importance of their position as the State's independent auditors. They conduct their reviews in a nonpartisan manner, free from outside influence, including that of the Legislature, Governor, and the subjects of their audits and investigations. California State Auditor staff base their findings, conclusions, and recommendations upon reliable evidence and will not allow preconceived notions or personal opinions to influence their work. The staff strictly adheres to the standards of the auditing profession and exercises the highest standards of ethics. The California State Auditor's Office and the staff lead by example, holding the organization and themselves to the same or higher standards that they use to evaluate others.
Our Core Values:
We are an unbiased and trustworthy resource.
We are committed to the success of the organization and each other.
We are leaders at the forefront of promoting accountability and transparency in government.
Find Out More About Us
- Message From the State Auditor
- About Elaine Howle
- Awards and Recognitions
- Mission, Philosophy, and Values
- Performance Audits
- Financial and Compliance Audits
- Local High Risk Program
- State High Risk Program
- How We Serve You
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Peer Review Results (PDF)
- Federal Awards Accountability
- Proposed Rulemaking and Regulations