Iowa Auditor of State

From Ballotpedia
Revision as of 08:07, 12 June 2013 by Geoff Pallay (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search

This state official-related article is in the process of being updated.

Iowa Auditor of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Selection Method:  Elected (Current officeholder appointed to fill vacancy)
Current Officeholder

Mary Mosiman.jpg
Name:  Mary Mosiman
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  May 3, 2013
Compensation:  $103,212
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other Iowa Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorSecretary of AgricultureDirector of EducationInsurance CommissionerNatural Resources DirectorLabor CommissionerUtilities Board

The Iowa Auditor of State is a state executive position in the Iowa state government.

The Auditor of State is responsible for audits of counties, cities, school districts, and other governmental offices and is required to provide guidelines to CPA firms performing such audits.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Mary Mosiman, a Republican appointed to the position by Gov. Terry Branstad on May 13, 2013. Mosiman was appointed to serve out the remainder of former officeholder David Vaudt's term in office, ending in January 2015. Vaudt resigned on May 3 in order to become chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board in Connecticut.[1]


The Auditor of State is elected every four years.


The mission statement of the Auditor of State is as follows: "The mission of the Office of Auditor of State is to benefit all citizens of Iowa by providing audit, review, and other technical services to state and local governments to ensure the effective, economical businesslike conduct of public activities in a prudent, accountable manner to achieve the intended purposes."[2]

In addition, the auditor is required to annually make a complete audit of the books, records, and accounts of every department of state government. The State's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and Single Audit Report are audited by the Auditor of State.


The Office of the Auditor of State is divided into three divisions. The divisions are listed and explained below.[2]

  • Administration Division
"This division is responsible for general management of the office, which includes fiscal management, data processing, recruiting, and audit report printing and mailing process. The division also is responsible for human resource management, personnel training and quality control."
  • Financial Audit Division
"This division is responsible for performance of annual audits of Iowa's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and its Single Audit report, all state departments and agencies, as well as audits of counties, cities, school districts, and other governmental subdivisions as requested."
  • Performance Investigation Division
"This division is responsible for conducting comprehensive performance audits of state agencies and the programs they administer. The division also investigates suspected embezzlements and conducts special studies assigned by the Auditor of State or requested by the legislature."


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2012, the auditor was paid an estimated $103,212. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Contact information

Telephone: 515-281-5834
FAX: 515-242-6134

See also

External links