Office of Audit & Control


The Office of Audit and Control provides independent oversight of the City’s operations to ensure our government is being transparent, efficient, and effective. The Chief City Auditor reports directly to Albany residents.


The Office of Audit and Control conducts performance audits of all City offices and departments, audits the City’s investments, and certifies the validity of accounts payable.  Article VI, Section 602 of the City Code is the source of the responsibilities of the Office of Audit and Control.

Audits are conducted to answers such as these:

  • Are City programs accomplishing their missions and achieving the desired results?
  • Are funds being spent legally, and is accounting for them accurate?
  • Are programs in compliance with applicable laws and regulations?
  • Are there better ways of achieving program objectives at lower costs?
  • Are there ways to improve the quality of service without increasing costs?
  • Do opportunities exist to eliminate inefficient use of public funds and potential waste?
  • What emerging or key issues should the Mayor and the Common Council consider?