In November 2001, the Citizens of San Antonio voted to create the position of an independent City Internal Auditor. Overwhelmingly passed, Proposition One amended the City Charter and established the internal audit office to perform financial, fiscal compliance, and other audits as directed.
In November 2008, City Council passed Ordinance # 2008-11-20-1015, which further clarified the role and authority of the City Auditor, to include independent and objective evaluation of the City’s risk exposures as they relate to effectiveness and efficiency in operations, reliability and integrity of financial and operational information, safeguarding of assets, and compliance with laws, regulations, and contracts.
The Ordinance also established a five member Audit Committee as one of the standing Committees of the City Council to provide guidance and oversight to the Office of the City Auditor in the performance of its duties. The City Auditor reports to the Mayor and City Council through the Audit Committee.
Annually, the City Auditor prepares an Annual Audit Plan that identifies audits for the upcoming fiscal year. The Audit Plan is based on requests from City Council, the City Management, and a risk assessment performed by the Office of the City Auditor. This plan is approved by City Council and may be amended with the concurrence of the Audit Committee.
The Office of the City Auditor will facilitate government accountability to the Citizens of San Antonio through non-partisan, fact-based, independent, objective assessments of City programs, activities, and functions.
Positively impact process and organizational changes to increase assurance that public resources are used in an effective, efficient, and responsible manner.
As the City of San Antonio continues to set an example for the community in the area of sustainability, the City Auditor’s office is committed to the program. In January 2013, the office received a Platinum rating, achieving 87% of the City’s Sustainability goals.