In May 2012, State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump articulated her vision for the Office of the State Auditor:
To become a national leader in professional government auditing and an example of accountability, professionalism, efficiency and effectiveness, and transparency.
This strategic plan is designed to realize that vision.
The mission of the Office of the State Auditor is to use its audits, investigations, and reports as tools to make government work better. To these ends, the Office conducts independent and objective audits of the Commonwealth’s financial and programmatic activities and provides policy-makers with meaningful recommendations for improvements in the operations of state government. Further, pursuant to statutory authority, the OSA renders determinations as to whether proposed or existing state mandates impose direct costs on a municipality, and works with stakeholders to find solutions to funding deficiencies and also investigates allegations of public assistance fraud.
Quality government auditing relies upon the principles of accountability, professionalism, efficiency and effectiveness, and transparency. Government auditors must adhere to Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards, which delineates a set of ethical principles at the foundation of the entire set of standards: government auditing must serve the public interest, be performed with integrity and objectivity, make proper use of government information, resources and position, and be conducted according to a code of professional behavior. These principles and ethical standards guide all of the work of Office of the State Auditor.
OSA Strategic Goals for FY2013 – FY2015
GOAL 1: Use Resources Strategically
Focus resources of the OSA on areas of highest risk to taxpayer dollars and effective, efficient service delivery
Strengthen professionalism, capacity of staff
Champion reforms that make government more efficient, more effective, and more accountable
Enhance understanding by public officials and the public of the role of the OSA in protecting taxpayer dollars and ensuring efficient delivery of service
(FY 2013-2015 / CY 2012-2014)