The Origin of the Auditors of Public Accounts
The office of the Auditors of Public Accounts can trace its origin to a charter granted in 1662 to the Colony of Connecticut by King Charles the Second of England. The state statutes of 1750 refer to the auditing of “the Colony’s account with the Treasurer of the Colony.” In 1786, when the Office of the State Comptroller was created, the Auditors of Public Accounts was placed under its supervision and remained so until 1937, when legislation established the independent status of the office. Its organization, with two state auditors not of the same political party, makes Connecticut unique among state auditing agencies. From its colonial origin, Connecticut’s audit function has been performed by more than a single auditor.
The Auditors of Public Accounts presently consists of over 120 full-time employees. The state auditors are assisted in the management of the office by a deputy state auditor, five administrative auditors and two executive assistants. The administrative auditors oversee five audit groups generally divided by type and subject matter. The administration unit provides administrative assistance to the office, support services to the field audit teams, and report processing services. For additional information on the office, please see the latest Annual Report to the General Assembly.