The Communications, Research and Policy, and External Affairs departments work to educate and promote the Auditor's goals and mission, audit findings, reports, reviews, investigations and employees. The Communications and Outreach and Intergovernmental Affairs departments each have specialized outreach programs tailored to specific constituencies in order to raise the profile of the work of the Office and make outcomes and services more transparent to the general public, media, lawmakers, advocacy groups and municipal leaders. The Policy Department works with staff in Audit Operations, the Bureau of Special Investigations and the Division of Local Mandates to ensure that reports are presented with the appropriate public policy context in mind, and that they provide valuable recommendations that can be used effectively by policy makers.