City Auditor Office Overview

As established in the voter-approved City Charter, the City Auditor is appointed by the City Council. The City Charter gives the City Auditor authority to conduct financial and performance audits and investigations of all city activities and programs. It also provides the City Auditor free and open access, except as limited by law, to all city records, personnel, facilities, and information necessary to carry out these duties.

City Code establishes an Audit Committee consisting of three City Council members, appointed by the mayor with the approval of the City Council. Currently, Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield serves as the Chair, and Councilmember Barry Graham and Councilwoman Solange Whitehead serve as members of the committee. Additional information is available through the Quick Links menu.

Audits

Annually, the City Auditor presents an Audit Plan for the upcoming year to the Audit Committee for review and recommendation, and then to the City Council for review and approval. The current fiscal year Audit Plan for is available through the Quick Links menu.

The City Auditor's Office presents all of its completed reports at the Audit Committee's public meetings. Further, completed reports may also be presented to the full City Council. Reports issued by the City Auditor's Office are available through the Quick Links menu.

The City Auditor's Office conducts audits in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards issued by the United States Government Accountability Office. To assure compliance with these standards, the City Auditor has an external peer review completed at least once every three years. Scottsdale is one of only two cities in Arizona and about 94 cities in the United States and Canada having an external peer review conducted by the Association of Local Government Auditors. The most recent peer review is available through the Quick Links menu.

Audit Resources

 

Integrity Line

In 2014, the City Auditor has established an Integrity Line to receive information regarding potential fraud, waste or abuse that may have occurred affecting city operations. Further information, including examples of matters to report and contact methods, is available through the Quick Links menu.

Report an Integrity Issue

Sunset Reviews

The City Auditor supports the Audit Committee in carrying out its Council-assigned duty to periodically review the city's Boards and Commissions. Through these "sunset reviews" the Audit Committee considers the ongoing continuation of boards and commissions and whether modifications should be recommended. Further information is available through the Quick Links menu.

The Scottsdale City Auditor's Office is a member of the Association of Local Government Auditors and other professional organizations.

Bridge Infrastructure Assessments, Audit No. 2407 - June 25, 2024
The audit of Bridge Infrastructure Assessment was included on the City Council-approved fiscal year (FY) 2023/24 Audit Plan. The audit objective was to review processes and controls relating to bridge inspections, repair, maintenance, including follow-up on related recommendations from Audit No. 1905 issued in 2019.

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City Court Minimum Accounting Standards, Audit No. 2404 - June 25, 2024
This audit of City Court Minimum Accounting Standards was included on the City Council-approved fiscal year (FY) 2023/24 Audit Plan. The audit objective was to review the City Court’s compliance with the Minimum Accounting Standards (MAS) established by the Arizona Supreme Court through the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). The review is for the three-year period covering calendar years 2021 through 2023.

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Library Operations Management, Audit No. 2406 - May 22, 2024
An increase in hold fulfillment times and returns of lost items are potentially associated to patrons keeping materials longer in the absence of late fees. However, performance metrics to evaluate the results of Fine Free program and other initiatives had not been established and data for assessing the programs is limited.

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Audit Committee

Audit Committee meetings and agendas

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Audit Plan

Learn what audits are planned for this fiscal year

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Audit Process

Learn about the role of the City Auditor's Office and its processes for conducting audits

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Recommendations Dashboard

Track audit report recommendations

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Audit Reports

Read the current and the last four calendar years of audit reports from the auditor's office

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Integrity Line

Report suspected fraud, waste or misuse of city resources

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Sunset Reviews

Audit Committee's ongoing review of the continuation of boards and commissions

Last Updated: Jul 12, 2024

City Auditor

7447 E. Indian School Road Suite 205 Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Lai Cluff
Acting City Auditor
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