About The Department
The Department of Audit, which employs some 150 persons, including approximately 40 Certified Public
Accountants, comprises one of the largest auditing firms in the state. The Office is widely regarded as the
definitive authority in matters pertaining to the use of public funds, and the recommendations offered by its
auditors and other expert personnel are readily adhered to and respected throughout the state. The employees
of the Department of Audit are mindful of the grave responsibility of upholding the public trust and strive to
maintain the level of competence expected of them by virtue of their positions.
The Mississippi Constitution grants specific duties and powers related to prescribing systems of accounting,
budgeting, and financial reporting for public offices in Mississippi. It also enumerates other statutory
responsibilities including study and analysis of existing public managerial policies and practices; pre-audit
and post-audit functions; investigation of suspected fiscal violations; recovering misspent and stolen funds;
and a variety of related duties and responsibilities.
The mission of the Office of the State Auditor is to serve its stakeholders and protect the public’s trust
by independently assessing state and local governmental and other entities to ensure that public funds are
properly received, are legally, effectively, and efficiently spent and are accounted for and reported
The Financial and Compliance Audit Division, the largest division in the agency, is divided
into five sections: Quality Assurance Division, Compliance Audit Division, State Agency Audit Division, County
Audit Division, and Information
Technology (IT) Audit Division. This division is responsible for conducting and overseeing audits of public
The Investigative Division is responsible for the investigation of alleged or suspected
Mississippi law, including fraud and embezzlement, by public officials related to the purchase, sale or use of
any supplies, services, equipment or other public property.
The Performance Audit Division conducts programmatic and performance audits and reviews to
evaluate selected operations of government, making recommendations aimed at enhancing efficiency,
effectiveness and economy in government.
The Technical Assistance Division is responsible for providing accounting and compliance
assistance to state and local governments. It also conducts related training and is responsible for the
of uniform accounting systems for local governments.