Louisiana State Auditor

Legislative Services

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to help ensure that government is responsive to the needs of the people of Louisiana – a government that is accountable, efficient, and effective. As one of the Legislature’s most objective resources, we provide independent assessment and proactive guidance, resulting in accurate reporting of the fiscal condition and performance of government and the sources and uses of its financial resources. We are an excellent resource in matters ranging from local fiscal issues to the State’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

Proactive Assistance

We are your fiscal advisor and auditor of state and local government, created to assist you and other public officials by providing accurate, objective, and timely information to aid in your decision-making process. We employ a variety of professionals, such as certified public accountants, public administrators, actuaries, attorneys, forensic auditors, and information technology specialists.  We invite members of the Legislature to call on us often.

A Wealth of Information

Our diverse group of professionals is well versed in the financial and operational aspects of state and local government.  From our Web site, which includes a library of state and local government audit reports, to our professional staff, we are a definitive resource.  If we cannot directly provide the information you seek, we can connect you with the specific source that can.

Proper Training

Our goal is to help you ensure that public entities at the state level and in your local district follow all rules, regulations, and laws and that the dollars allocated to them are used wisely and reported fairly. In furtherance of this goal, we provide assistance and training, from internal audit training programs to public bid law seminars, for all manner of governmental entities, from local fire districts to state departments.

Public Bids, Meetings and Records

We can help ensure that entities in your district know when to follow the public bid law, when a public meeting is mandatory, and how to properly execute a cooperative endeavor agreement. Our staff is available to answer your specific or broad-reaching questions as they relate to any and all issues concerning public bids, meetings, and records.

Wise Funding Decisions

We objectively evaluate state programs to determine if they are working effectively and efficiently. We provide recommendations on how to improve program performance to help make sure that public dollars are spent wisely.  Through these efforts, our office assists you in making wise funding decisions.

Unbiased Fiscal and Actuarial Services

We conduct professional analyses and prepare fiscal notes to help legislators understand the financial and actuarial impact of proposed legislation. Our experienced actuaries help determine whether the state’s retirement systems are actuarially sound.

Quality Control

To properly safeguard and manage public assets, we strive to ensure that all levels of government, including state agencies and universities, have adequate internal controls and are compliant with state and federal laws. Our auditors also examine the details of state agency transactions, providing you with assurance that reported financial information is reliable.  We support the fiscal integrity of local government by overseeing independent CPAs who conduct audits of local governmental entities.

Disaster Recovery Assistance

We help ensure that federal disaster recovery dollars are suitably documented and properly administered.  Our professionals are experts on the proper use of federal disaster recovery funding.

Forensic Audits

Highly skilled at uncovering the improper use of public funds, we provide in-depth forensic auditing services to detect and deter the misappropriation of public assets.

Expert Testimony

Our staff members are available to testify to legislative committees on a number of issues concerning state and local government, including commerce, education, health and welfare, transportation, insurance, and governmental affairs.

Property Tax Expertise

Our staff is well versed in the intricacies of property tax assessment. Whether you are dealing with a school district, fire district, or a transportation issue, our specialists can answer a host of questions ranging from those concerning ad valorem tax issues to setting millage rates at public hearings.