About Our Mission, Authority, and Standards
Our mission is to provide objective evaluations and effective solutions that enhance the transparency, accountability, and performance of California government for the people it serves.
We follow the highest standards to provide stakeholders with reliable answers to problems in California government. We gather evidence to understand what an agency or program is meant to achieve, if it is falling short, and what that means for the people it serves.
State laws mandate our office independent of the executive branch and legislative control. The State Auditor is the only entity that has, by statute, full access to all records, accounts, correspondence, property, and other files of any publicly created entity, including state agencies, cities, counties, school districts, and special districts.