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Iowa State Auditor

About Us

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.

About the Office

The Office of Auditor of State is to benefit all citizens of Iowa by providing audit, review, and other technical services to state and local governments to ensure the effective, economical businesslike conduct of public activities in a prudent, accountable manner to achieve the intended purposes.

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. The State's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and Single Audit Report are audited by the Auditor of State.

Responsibilities

The Auditor of State has responsibility for audits of counties, cities, school districts and other governmental subdivisions and is required to provide guidelines to CPA firms performing such audits. The Auditor of State is also responsible for examinations of cities not required to be audited. All audit and examination reports must be filed with the Auditor of State and are a public record.

The Auditor of State is a statutory member of the State Executive Council, the State Appeal Board, the Iowa Telecommunications and Technology Commission, the Vision Iowa Board, the Tobacco Settlement Authority, and the Honey Creek Premier Destination Park Authority.

Organization

The Office of Auditor of State includes three divisions, with the duties and responsibilities summarized as follows:

Administration Division

This division is responsible for general management of the office, which includes fiscal management, data processing, human resource management and audit report printing and distribution.

Financial Audit Division

This division is responsible for performance of annual audits of Iowa's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and its Single Audit report, all state departments and agencies, as well as audits of counties, cities, school districts, and other governmental subdivisions as requested. This division is responsible for performing city examinations.

This division also reviews audits and examinations of governmental subdivisions performed by CPA firms, performs re-audits, as needed, and provides technical assistance to private citizens, CPA firms, government officials and other governmental agencies.

Performance Investigation Division

This division is responsible for conducting comprehensive performance audits of state agencies and the programs they administer. The division also investigates suspected embezzlements and conducts special studies assigned by the Auditor of State or requested by the legislature.

Auditor of State Rob Sand

Rob was born and raised in Decorah, Iowa. He found a passion for public service in high school, when he worked for two years to build a public skate park. He graduated from Decorah High School in 2001.

After high school, Rob attended and graduated from Brown University. There, he built  a reputation for being able to work productively with individuals of all political persuasions. He built a class on political diversity that led to the creation of an institute for productive political discourse that still thrives today. He also published or presented research in three areas and taught at a reading camp for children. While there, Rob was named a Harry S Truman Scholar.

After college, Rob chose to return to Iowa to attend the University of Iowa Law School on a full merit scholarship. He was the first student ever to be both a President of the Iowa Student Bar Association and an Editor-in-Chief of a law journal. He also led a student volunteer effort to commit over 1,000 hours of volunteer labor to cleaning and rebuilding Cedar Rapids after the 2008 floods. Before graduating he was awarded the Hancher-Finkbine Medallion, the University of Iowa’s highest award.

As an Assistant Attorney General, Rob focused on prosecuting financial crime. He successfully prosecuted attorneys, investment advisors, embezzlers, and those who exploit the elderly. Rob additionally prosecuted a wide range of other crimes, including sexual abuse, robbery, murder, attempted murder, and perjury.
 

Key Staff

Deputy Auditor of State Marlys K Gaston, CPA

Ms. Gaston is the Deputy Auditor in charge of the Financial Audit Division of the Auditor’s Office. .

She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). She graduated from Buena Vista University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and joined the Office of Auditor of State as an Assistant Auditor in 1985. She is a member of the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Government Accountants.

Deputy Auditor of State Annette Campbell, CPA

Ms. Campbell is the Deputy Auditor in charge of the Performance Investigation Division of the Auditor’s Office.

In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), she is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and joined the Office of Auditor of State as an Assistant Auditor in 1987. She is a member of the Association of Government Accountants.

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