"It is an honor to serve as your State Auditor, and to work as a watchdog for the taxpayers of Mississippi. The mission of the Office of the State Auditor is to protect the public's trust by verifying the funds you provide to state and local governments are used in a legal and efficient manner for their intended purpose. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Office."

--Stacey Pickering, State Auditor


Financial audits are conducted to determine if funds are accounted for and spent in accordance with governmental accounting standards and legal requirements. Performance Audits are conducted to determine if an entity is operating in the most effective manner possible.


This Division is responsible for the investigation of alleged or suspected violations of Mississippi law by a public official. Since 2008, Auditor Stacey Pickering has recovered more than $19 million in embezzled, misspent or misappropriated funds.

Technical Assistance

This team answers questions concerning accounting and legal compliance for governmental entities. On average, they respond to nearly 10,000 requests for assistance per year and also hold training sessions relating to the operations of various offices of the state.