Mission and Philosophy


The California State Auditor promotes the efficient and effective management of public funds and programs by providing to citizens and the State independent, objective, accurate, and timely evaluations of state and local governments' activities.


The purpose of the California State Auditor's Office is to improve California government by assuring the performance, accountability, and transparency that its citizens deserve.


The staff of the California State Auditor understand and respect the importance of their position as the State's independent auditors. The California State Auditor's staff 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.