Our office seeks to assist the Austin City Council, citizens, and City management in establishing accountability, transparency, and a culture of continuous improvement in City operations and service delivery.
The general purpose of a performance audit is to help an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance process. Each year our office assesses the risks facing the City and uses this assessment to develop an annual audit plan. During an audit we may interview personnel, review documentation, and conduct inspections in order to gain an understanding of the ways risks are being addressed in that area. We then present our findings at meetings of the Audit and Finance Committee. City Code requires that our office follows Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards. We undergo a peer review every three years to ensure that we are complying with those standards.
The City Auditor’s Integrity Unit (CAIU) investigates allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse committed by employees or contractors in the City of Austin. When appropriate, the CAIU will collaborate with other City departments or law enforcement organizations. The CAIU does not investigate routine personnel issues such as employee grievances or complaints relating to civil rights and equal employment. These issues are the responsibility of the Human Resources Department.
You can report suspected fraud, waste, or abuse to CAIU here.
If you have concerns about fraud, waste, or abuse which are not related to a City employee or contractor, click here for a list of resources that may be able to help address your concerns.
ALGA - Association of Local Government Auditors IIA - The Institute of Internal Auditors ISACA - Information Systems Audit and Control Association ACFE - The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners