City Auditor

Who we are and what we do

Vision

To serve the public with the utmost integrity while upholding the highest standards of performance and professionalism with a driving commitment to dig deeper and produce impactful work that underpins the effective, efficient and ethical operations of City Government.



Business Goals

Conduct performance audits to improve the economy, efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of City Government;

Conduct mandated audits as required by the City Charter and Oakland Municipal Code;

Maintain an effective whistleblower program to combat fraud, waste, and abuse;

Follow-up on audit recommendations in accordance with the City Charter; and

Prepare clear impartial financial ballot analysis in accordance with the City Charter.

BUREAUS/DIVISIONS

Auditing

Oakland’s City Auditor is an elected official and works for, and reports to, the residents of Oakland. The Auditor’s job is to provide oversight to the City’s activities. This Office of the City Auditor may conduct audits of all departments and agencies of the City in accordance with applicable government auditing standards and in conformity with Section 403 of the Oakland City Charter. Audit services identify ways to increase the economy, efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of City government. The City Auditor also oversees the Whistleblower Hotline – a confidential hotline for reporting complaints from City employees and residents about fraud, waste, and abuse in the City of Oakland.

ORGANIZATIONAL CHARTS

SERVICE INVENTORY

External Services

The Role of Public Sector Auditing

The public-sector auditor’s role supports the governance responsibilities of oversight, insight, and foresight.

  • Oversight addresses whether public sector entities are doing what they are supposed to do and serves to detect and deter public corruption.
  • Insight assists decision-makers by providing an independent assessment of public sector programs, policies, operations, and results.
  • Foresight identifies trends and emerging challenges.

Auditors use tools such as financial audits, performance audits, investigations, and advisory services to fulfill each of these roles.

The Office of the City Auditor fulfills its responsibilities by conducting:

  • Performance Audits
  • Mandated Audits
  • Ballot Measure Analyses
  • Whistleblower Investigations
  • And more…

Internal Services

The City Auditor’s Authority

Section 403 of the City Charter (CITE THE O.M.C DIRECTLY)


The City Auditor shall have the power and duty to:

  • Audit all departments and agencies of the City and such other matters as the Council and Mayor may request.
  • Audit areas deemed to be in the best interest of the public.
  • Report to Council the results of such audits.
  • Advise and make recommendations to the City Administrator.
  • Access all City records needed to conduct our work.