One of the lesser known state departments — one that doesn’t often hit the news, due likely to its oversight function rather than actual impact on citizens — is the Department of Audits and Accounts. The DOAA serves three functions: audit and assurance services, legislative services and establishing an equalized adjusted property tax digest. The audit and assurance services help to “provide accountability over operations funded in whole or in part through state funds.” It generates financial and operational information. For legislative services, the DOAA provides research and fiscal notes for legislation that could impact state retirement systems, state revenues or the expenditures of any state agency. The tax digest function helps to track and allocate funds for public school systems.
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