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Revision as of 10:10, 24 December 2013

Georgia State Auditor
General information
Office Type:  Non-partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $30,788,933
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   Serves at the pleasure of the governor
Authority:  Georgia Code, 50-6-1
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor
Current Officeholder

Greg Griffin.jpg
Name:  Greg Griffin
Assumed office:  July 1, 2012
Compensation:  $152,160
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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.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Greg Griffin. Griffin was appointed to that position by Governor Nathan Deal on July 1, 2012.[1]

Prior to his appointment, Griffin had held the position of State Accounting Officer for the State of Georgia since 2008.[1]

Authority

The office of auditor is created by state law.[2]

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...

Qualifications

State law requires that the auditor be an "experienced accountant and auditor" with at least five years of governmental audit experience.[2]

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...

Appointments

The auditor is appointed by the Georgia Legislature by a majority vote of both houses. The governor then administers the oath of office.[2]

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.

Term limits

There are no term limits associated with the office of auditor.

Vacancies

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.

Duties

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.

Divisions

  • 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
    • Administration
    • IT
    • Office of Quality Assurance[3]

State budget

The budget for the Department of Audits and Accounts in Fiscal Year 2013 was $30,788,933.[4]

Compensation

In 2010, the auditor received a salary of $152,160.

Historical officeholders

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Contact info

Address:
270 Washington Street, S.W., Room 1-156
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone:
(404) 656-2180

See also

External links

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