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Hawaii State Auditor

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Hawaii Auditor
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   8 years
Authority:  Hawaii Constitution, Article VII, Section 10
Selection Method:  Appointed by the Hawaii State Legislature
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Jan Yamane
Assumed office:  2013
Compensation:  $133,536
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The Hawaii Auditor is a constitutionally created position in the Hawaii state government. The state auditor is appointed by the state legislature to a term of eight years. It is the constitutional duty of the state auditor to conduct post-audits of the transactions, accounts, programs and performance of all departments, offices and agencies of the State and its political subdivisions.[1]

Current officeholder

The current acting officeholder is Jan Yamane She is temporarily filling the vacancy left by Marion Higa, who retired at the end of 2012. The Hawaii State Legislature will choose the new state auditor.[2]

Authority

The position of auditor was created in 1950 by Article VII, Section 10 of the Hawaii Constitution.[1]

Hawaii Constitution, Article VII, Section 10 (dead link)

The legislature, by a majority vote of each house in joint session, shall appoint an auditor who shall serve for a period of eight years and thereafter until a successor shall have been appointed. The legislature, by a two-thirds vote of the members in joint session, may remove the auditor from office at any time for cause.

Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications to hold the office of Hawaii State Auditor.

Appointments

Hawaii state government organizational chart

"The legislature, by a majority vote of each house in joint session, shall appoint an auditor who shall serve for a period of eight years and thereafter until a successor shall have been appointed. The legislature, by a two-thirds vote of the members in joint session, may remove the auditor from office at any time for cause."[1]

Vacancies

The auditor shall serve until a successor is appointed.[1] A two thirds vote of the members of the joint session may remove the auditor from office at any time for cause.[1]

Duties

The duties of the state auditor are specified in the Hawaii Constitution Article VII, Section 10.

"It shall be the duty of the auditor to conduct post-audits of the transactions, accounts, programs and performance of all departments, offices and agencies of the State and its political subdivisions, to certify to the accuracy of all financial statements issued by the respective accounting officers and to report the auditor's findings and recommendations to the governor and to the legislature at such times as shall be provided by law. The auditor shall also make such additional reports and conduct such other investigations as may be directed by the legislature."[1]

Division

The state auditor is supported by a deputy auditor, five other managers, 14 analysts, and four office services staff.[3]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The salaries of elected and appointed executives in Hawaii are determined by the Hawaii Commission on Salaries, which was established by constitutional amendment in 2006. Passage of this amendment by the public added the following language to Article XVI of the state constitution:

Article XVI, Section 3.5 of the Hawaii Constitution

Text of Section 3.5:

There shall be a commission on salaries as provided by law, which shall review and recommend salaries for the justices and judges of all state courts, members of the legislature, department heads or executive officers of the executive departments and the deputies or assistants to department heads of the executive departments as provided by law, excluding the University of Hawaii and the department of education. The commission shall also review and make recommendations for the salary of the administrative director of the State or equivalent position and the salary of the governor and the lieutenant governor.

Any salary established pursuant to this section shall not be decreased during a term of office, unless by general law applying to all salaried officers of the State.

Not later than the fortieth legislative day of the 2007 regular legislative session and every six years thereafter, the commission shall submit to the legislature its recommendations and then dissolve.

The recommended salaries submitted shall become effective as provided in the recommendation, unless the legislature disapproves the entire recommendation as a whole by adoption of a concurrent resolution prior to adjournment sine die of the legislative session in which the recommendation is submitted; provided that any change in salary which becomes effective shall not apply to the legislature to which the recommendation for the change in salary was submitted.[4]

The commission consists of seven members selected by the governor (two seats), the President of the Hawaii State Senate (two seats), Speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives (two seats) and the Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court (one seat). Commissioners meet every six years to evaluate salaries for executive, judicial and legislative officials. Their recommendations go into effect unless the Hawaii State Legislature votes to reject the entirety of the commission's final report. The commission last met in November 2012 and made recommendations for official salaries between 2013 and 2018.[5]

2014

In 2014, the state auditor's salary was $133,536, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]

2013

In 2013, the state auditor's salary was $108,972, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]

Historical officeholders

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Contact info

Address:
465 South King Street, Suite 500
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813-2917
Phone: (808) 587-0800
Fax: (808) 587-0830
Email: auditors2@auditor.state.hi.us
Office hours: Monday to Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Hawaii Standard Time)

See also

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