The State Auditor has broad powers to examine all books, records, files, papers, documents, and financial affairs of every state agency. The State Auditor also has the power to summon people to produce records and to answer questions under oath.
The Office of the State Auditor performs an array of work, including financial statement audits, financial related audits, performance audits, information technology audits, and investigative reports. We examine all facets of state government, including education, health, transportation, computer systems, regulatory processes, and public safety. We conduct special studies as requested by the Legislature and audit federal grant programs to ensure North Carolina can continue to receive federal money. Our work helps improve the efficiency of state government and helps the state retain its coveted AAA bond rating.
The office does not audit individuals for tax compliance or examine individual tax returns. Our work is focused on improving state government and uncovering waste and abuse of state tax dollars by state agencies or private entities that receive state funds.
Primarily, we work to protect the interests of taxpayers and others who provide financial resources to the State of North Carolina. We provide objective information to interested parties about whether state resources are properly accounted for, reported, and managed; as well as whether publically-funded programs are achieving desired results.