The Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General is the chief fiscal watchdog of the commonwealth. It is responsible for using audits to ensure that all state money is spent legally and properly.

The auditor general was created by an act of the General Assembly in 1809. The auditor general was appointed by the governor until 1850, when it became an elected office. The auditor general can serve a maximum of two, four-year terms. Timothy L. DeFoor is Pennsylvania’s 41st elected auditor general, and the 50th overall to serve in the position.

The mission of the Department of the Auditor General is to serve the people of Pennsylvania by improving government accountability, transparency, and the effective use of taxpayer dollars.

What we audit

The department is responsible for three types of audits:

  • Financial Audits - Help ensure the reliability of financial information on which much of the state government operates.
  • Performance Audits - Gauge whether or not government programs and activities are meeting stated goals and objectives, and if tax dollars are being spent efficiently and effectively.
  • Attestation Engagements - Provide users of financial or nonfinancial information with assurance to the reliability of the related subject matter or assertion, which includes examinations, reviews, or agreed-upon procedures (compliance) audits

Audits of state tax dollars by the Department of Auditor General include: