Mission and Authority
The mission of the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) is to support the Council of the District of Columbia by conducting audits that improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of District government.
This mission is achieved by assisting the Council of the District of Columbia in performing its oversight responsibilities: annually auditing the accounts, operations, and programs of the District of Columbia Government, while certifying revenue estimates in support of municipal bond issuances. In addition, the Office of the Auditor provides oversight and conducts audits of the financial activities of the District’s 37 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC). The District of Columbia Auditor also performs audits of specific programs, funds; and organizational entities at intervals as required by law.
The Office of the District of Columbia Auditor was authorized by Section 455 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, which was approved on December 24, 1973 (Public Law Number 93-198; 87 Stat. 803; D.C. Code § 1-204.55 (2001). D.C. Code Section 1-204.55 (b) states: “The District of Columbia Auditor shall each year conduct a thorough audit of the accounts and operations of the government of the District in accordance with such principles and procedures and under such rules and regulations as she may prescribe.” Additionally, D.C. Code Section 1-204.55 (c) states: “The District of Columbia Auditor shall have access to all books, accounts, records, reports, findings, and all other papers, things, or property belonging to or in use by any department, agency, or instrumentality of the District government and necessary to facilitate the audit.” The following sections of the District of Columbia Code and the District of Columbia
Code of Municipal Regulations refer to the work of the District of Columbia Auditor. Read the D.C. Codes here.