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On May 13, 2013, Governor Branstad appointed me to succeed Dave Vaudt as Iowa's State Auditor. I sought the position because I felt my CPA and experience would be a good fit for the office. I also have a great deal of respect for the accomplishments of the State Auditor's Office during Dave Vaudt's time in office. My priorities are as follows:
1. Serve as an Independent Watchdog. In my role as the “Taxpayers’ Watchdog,” it is my duty to report directly to the people of Iowa on the condition of the State’s finances. Whether Republicans or Democrats are leading state government, I will provide a fair and honest assessment of our state's finances. If you are interested in having me speak to your civic or professional organization regarding the state of Iowa's budget, please email me using the link on this website.
2. Identify and Eliminate Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Government. Concerned citizens are coming forward in record numbers to report waste, fraud and abuse. As your State Auditor, I will look out for Iowa taxpayers by help investigating waste, fraud and abuse wherever it occurs in state and local government.
3. Fight for Budgeting Clarity. While great progress has been made to put Iowa's budgets on a sustainable path, more needs to be done to make the budgeting process more transparent. I will work for greater clarity in the budgeting process so taxpayers can understand the true cost of government services.
4. Control the Growth of State Spending. State government, like Iowa families, must balance its checkbook. The state cannot spend more than it takes in. I will work to make sure that Iowa's budgets are understandable and honest, not built on creative accounting. I will work with the Governor and Legislature to find and eliminate waste and duplication in state government.
The Taxpayers' Watchdog
The Iowa Auditor of State’s office is required by law to audit all of state government including the State’s three public universities. We also provide oversight of the audits of local governments. Every tax dollar paid by tax payers goes to government at some level. Our audit work at state and local governments help provide assurance that the government entities are operating according to the economic purpose for which they are intended. That is why our office is referred to as “the Taxpayers' Watchdog”.
Our office provides various audit reports, including but not limited to the following:
The investigative division of our office is very necessary to Iowa taxpayers. Where there is waste, mismanagement, or financial fraud, this division has the necessary expertise to investigate and report on the situation. There is no level of government that is immune from fraud if the opportunity exists.
Special Investigation Reports issued since I took office have identified over $2.5 million of improper disbursements, loss to the government entity, un-deposited collections, overbilling, or other misuse of public funds. Examples include: