Watching the Watchers – Government Accountability Board to Undergo Audit

At its most recent meeting, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee voted 10-0 to approve an audit that will broadly review a number of aspects of the Government Accountability Board (GAB) as requested in the 2013-15 Biennial Budget.

The Joint Audit Committee voted to audit the GAB at its most recent hearing. The committee also discussed the results of an audit of the state’s supervised release program.

The GAB, which runs the state’s elections, regulates lobbyists, and administers the ethics code for public officials, has not been audited since it was created in 2008.

The audit, to be conducted by the non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau, will provide additional information on a number of GAB’s election management and financial practices. The audit will additionally review overall management and governance processes, the process for investigating and resolving complaints, fiscal controls and trends in expenditures, and training and education it provides to external parties, including that related to elections procedures and the Statewide Voter Registration System.