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Iowa State Auditor
Taxpayers’ Watchdog

The Office of Auditor of State serves the citizens of Iowa as the “taxpayers’ watchdog.” We provide accurate and timely audits of the financial operations of Iowa’s state and local governments to help ensure that government is open and accountable to its citizens.

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Constitutional Official

The Auditor of State is a constitutional official, elected every four years. The Auditor is required to annually make a complete audit of the books, records and accounts of every department of state government.

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Auditor’s Responsibilities

The Auditor of State has responsibility for audits of counties, cities, school districts and other governmental subdivisions and is required to provide guidance to CPA firms performing such audits.

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RFP Bids

The Office of the Auditor of State is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Audit Services relating to the City Periodic Examinations as required by Chapter 11 of the Code of Iowa for the period ended June 30, 2018.


Deadline is August 30, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.


RFP 2018 - 1A

RFP 2018 - 2A

RFP 2018 - 3A

Current Topics

State Auditor Mary Mosiman, the “Taxpayers’ Watchdog” has completed over 100 special investigations during her tenure as State Auditor. Auditor Mosiman reached this milestone faster than any other State Auditor in Iowa history. The Auditor’s Office is the leading CPA firm investigating fraud in Iowa’s governmental entities. The fraud investigations identified over $13 million of waste, fraud and abuse.

Special Investigations

Our Mission

To serve as the Taxpayers' Watchdog. Our work is to help ensure government officials use taxpayer dollars for the intended purposes to benefit the public.

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