Georgia State Auditor
|Georgia State Auditor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$30,788,933|
|Length of term:||Serves at the pleasure of the governor|
|Authority:||Georgia Code, 50-6-1|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by the governor|
|Assumed office:||July 1, 2012|
|Other Georgia Executive Offices|
|Governor•Lieutenant Governor•Secretary of State•Attorney General•Treasurer•Auditor•Superintendent of Schools•Agriculture Commissioner•Insurance Commissioner•Natural Resources Commissioner•Labor Commissioner•Public Service Commission|
The Georgia State Auditor is a state executive position in the Georgia state government. The auditor heads the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts, which performs financial, compliance and performing audits of state agencies. The auditor's office also investigates Medicaid providers, local education agencies and reviews non-profit organization financial statements. Though a member of the state's executive branch, the auditor is chosen by the Georgia Legislature.
The office of auditor is created by state law.
Georgia Code, 50-6-1
(a) The Department of Audits and Accounts is created and established. The head of the department shall be an experienced auditor and accountant...
State law requires that the auditor be an "experienced accountant and auditor" with at least five years of governmental audit experience.
Georgia Code, 50-6-1
The head of the department shall be an experienced auditor and accountant with not less than five years' experience as an accountant in the Department of Audits and Accounts or in a governmental agency of a similar nature or shall be a duly certified public accountant with at least five years' practical experience in the duties for which he is certified...
Georgia Code, 50-6-1
The state auditor shall be elected by the General Assembly in the following manner: A joint resolution which shall fix a definite time for the nomination and election of the state auditor may be introduced in either branch of the General Assembly. Upon passage of the resolution by a majority vote of the membership of the Senate and House of Representatives it shall be the duty of the Speaker of the House of Representatives to call for the nomination and election of the state auditor at the time specified in the resolution, at which time the name of the qualified person receiving a majority vote of the membership of the House of Representatives shall be transmitted to the Senate for confirmation. Upon the qualified person's receiving a majority vote of the membership of the Senate, he shall be declared the duly elected state auditor; and the Governor shall be notified of his election by the Secretary of the Senate. The Governor is directed to administer the oath of office to the state auditor and to furnish the state auditor with a properly executed commission of office certifying his election.
There are no term limits associated with the office of auditor.
If a vacancy occurs, the Georgia Legislature appoints a new officeholder in the standard fashion. If the vacancy occurs while the legislature is not in session, the governor appoints an acting auditor who serves until legislators reconvene.
The state auditor oversees the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts, which performs compliance, financial and performance audits of state agencies. It also audits Medicaid providers, local governments and school, the state Department of Community Health and reviews the financial statements of non-profit organizations.
The state auditor's office is also responsible for providing the state legislature research on the fiscal effects of proposed legislation.
- Audit and Assurance Services
- State Government
- Education Audit
- Performance Audit
- Healthcare Audits
- Technology Risk & Assurance
- Non Profit and Local Government
- Equalized Property Tax Digest
- Internal Operations
- Office of Quality Assurance
The budget for the Department of Audits and Accounts in Fiscal Year 2013 was $30,788,933.
See also: Compensation of state executive officers
In 2010, the auditor received a salary of $152,160.
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270 Washington Street, S.W., Room 1-156
Atlanta, GA 30334
- Governor: Nathan Deal (R)
- Lieutenant Governor: Casey Cagle (R)
- Attorney General: Samuel S. Olens (R)
- Auditor of State: Greg Griffin
- Secretary of State: Brian Kemp (R)
- Commissioner of Agriculture: Gary Black (R)
- Treasurer of State: Steve McCoy
- Georgia Department of Audits, "Biography Greg Griffin" accessed February 10, 2013
- Georgia Code, "50-6-1," accessed September 15, 2011
- Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts, "Contact Us," accessed September 15, 2011
- Budget in Briefs, “Budget in Brief: Amended Fiscal Year 2013 and Fiscal Year 2013,” 44, accessed June 17, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 14, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed February 2, 2014