Awards and Recognitions
2021 Gold Stevie Award for Government/Non-Profit Organization of the Year
In August 2021, the International Business Awards recognized the California State Auditor as the best medium sized government/non-profit organization of the year with a Gold Stevie Award. The 2021 International Business Awards received over 3,700 entries from organizations in 63 nations and territories. Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 260 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process from June through early August. The judges stated, "The California State Auditor has continued a high-level of ongoing, focused growth. Even during the pandemic, where so many slowed down, this particular government organization picked up the pace, and tackled some of the toughest challenges in rapid succession."
2020 NSAA Excellence in Accountability Award for Outstanding Special Project
In June 2020, the National State Auditors Association (NSAA) recognized our Local Government High-Risk Interactive Dashboard (Local Government High-Risk Dashboard) as the 2020 NSAA Excellence in Accountability Award for Outstanding Special Project. Each year the NSAA recognizes the best, most innovative non-audit report or product (nationally), including those that provide a major service impact and usefulness to customers. This is the third time in four years the office has received an excellence in accountability award.
2018 NSAA Excellence in Accountability Award
In June 2018, the National State Auditors Association (NSAA) recognized our audit The University of California Office of the President: It Failed to Disclose Tens of Millions in Surplus Funds, and Its Budget Practices Are Misleading (Report #2016-130, April 25, 2017) as the 2018 NSAA Excellence in Accountability Award for a large performance audit. Each year the NSAA recognizes the best performance audit (nationally) in various categories including one for large performance audits. This is the second consecutive year the office has received this award.
2017 Excellence in Evaluation Award
The National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES) presents this award annually to the office determined to have contributed the most to the field of legislative program evaluation during the four-year period. Our office is the proud recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Evaluation Award which encompasses our contributions to program evaluations beginning January 1, 2013 and ending December 31, 2016. The selection criteria is based on the office's achievements in impact (positively affecting state operations and policies), body of work (the work the office produced and how it was accomplished), and how the office contributed in the field of legislative evaluation.
2017 NSAA Excellence in Accountability Award
In June 2017, the National State Auditors Association (NSAA) recognized our audit The University of California: Its Admissions and Financial Decisions Have Disadvantaged California Resident Students. (Report #2015-107, March 29, 2016) as the 2017 NSAA Excellence in Accountability Award for a large performance audit. Each year the NSAA recognizes the best performance audit (nationally) in various categories including one for large performance audits.
2016 William R. Snodgrass Distinguished Leadership Award
In June 2016, the California State Auditor—Elaine M. Howle—was the recipient of the William R. Snodgrass Distinguished Leadership award. Each year NSAA presents this award to formally recognize individuals who have demonstrated sustained outstanding leadership and notable contributions to state government auditing. This award was created to help encourage increased interest, growth, development, and distinctive leadership in the field of state government auditing. Award winners must have exhibited long-term leadership in a state auditing environment; distinctive leadership and notable accomplishment in state government auditing; innovative thinking and/or creative development of improvements in state government audit programs or techniques; and, recognized leadership and professionalism at the state level.
2014 Most Influential in Government Auditing
In 2014, the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) announced that its new America Center for Government Auditing (ACGA) honored Elaine M. Howle, California State Auditor, as among 2014's 15 Most Influential Professionals in Government Auditing.
The ACGA recognized professionals on the local, regional, and national levels for their outstanding achievements in public-sector auditing, based on the following criteria: promoting the value of auditing in government; demonstrating courage and integrity necessary to face difficult situations; willingness to call out opportunities to improve efficiency and effectiveness in government operations, even when doing so may not be popular or may incur strong opposition from those in power; and influence in the profession based on the size, scope, and reach of the organization they represent.
2012 David M. Walker Excellence in Government Performance and Accountability Award
The David M. Walker Excellence in Government Performance and Accountability Award, sponsored by the National Intergovernmental Audit Forum, recognizes and honors government audit professionals who have made sustained contributions to improve government performance and accountability through their leadership in transforming government organizations. This honor is awarded every two years to a federal, state, and local government official. The California State Auditor, Elaine M. Howle, was the recipient of the David M. Walker Excellence in Government Performance and Accountability Award in 2012.
2012 Public Official of the Year (Governing)
Every year since 1994, Governing has honored individual state and local government officials for outstanding accomplishment by naming them Public Officials of the Year. Elected, appointed, and career officials from any branch of state or local government are eligible. Our readers are invited to nominate individuals who have had a notable positive impact on their department or agency, community, or state. In 2012, the California State Auditor was honored to be among Governing's 2012 Public Officials of the Year.
Certificate of Impact
Each year the NLPES recognizes reports, issued in the prior two years, in the field of legislative program evaluation that led to program improvements, dollar savings, and positively impacted public policy. The audits listed below were recognized by NLPES as having demonstrated significant impacts on state operations.
|2020||K-12 Local Control Funding: The State's Approach Has Not Ensured That Significant Funding Is Benefiting Students as Intended to Close Achievement Gaps (Report #2019-101, November 5, 2019)|
|2019||Homelessness in California: State Government and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Need to Strengthen Their Efforts to Address Homelessness (Report #2017-112, April 19, 2018)|
|2018||Department of Motor Vehicles: Administrative and Statutory Changes Will Improve Its Ability to Detect and Deter Misuse of Disabled Person Parking Placards (Report #2016-121, April 18, 2017)|
|2017||The University of California: Its Admissions and Financial Decisions Have Disadvantaged California Resident Students (Report #2015-107, March 29, 2016)|
|2016||California Department of Health Care Services: Weaknesses in its Medi-Cal Dental Program Limit Children's Access to Dental Care (Report #2013-125, December 11, 2014)|
|2015||Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence: California Universities Must Better Protect Students by Doing More to Prevent, Respond to, and Resolve Incidents (Report #2013-124, June 24, 2015)|
|2014||Probationers' Domestic Violence Payments: Improved Processes for Managing and Distributing These Payments Could Increase Support for Local Shelters. (Report #2011-121, September 6, 2012)|
|2013||California Department of Transportation: Its Poor Management of State Route 710 Extension Project Properties Costs the State Millions of Dollars Annually, Yet State Law Limits the Potential Income From Selling the Properties (Report #2011-120, August 16, 2012)|
|2012||Commission on Teacher Credentialing: Despite Delays in Discipline of Teacher Misconduct, the Division of Professional Practices Has Not Developed an Adequate Strategy or Implemented Processes That Will Safeguard Against Future Backlogs (Report #2010-119, April 7, 2011)|
|2011||Department of Public Health: It Reported Inaccurate Financial Information and Can Likely Increase Revenues for the State and Federal Health Facilities Citation Penalties Accounts (Report #2010-108, June 17, 2010)|