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Government Accountability Office

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is a division of the Office of the State Auditor, focused on bringing transparency and accountability to the agencies that receive and spend public money. The GAO aims to make the important information buried in the 900+ audits and financial reports that New Mexico state and local agencies produce each year accessible and understandable to the public.

New Reports 

Transparency Report: Understanding Tax Choices (September 14, 2017)

Evaluating Tax Abatements: A Guide for Local Governments (September 14, 2017)

Adminstrative Support of Charter Schools Risk Review (August 2017)

The Findings Report:  A Summary of New Mexico’s Governmental Financial Audits (August 2017)

Report on State and Local Government Contracting, FY15 and FY16 (August 2017)

Transparency Report: Pay Equity Vendor Reporting (July 2017)

GAO Reports

GAO Reports are statewide studies that aggregate and analyze trends revealed by audit information.  The purpose of Reports is to take an in-depth look at how are public dollars are managed and spent across New Mexico. With each Report, the GAO makes available the supporting data so that experts, academics and the general public can use it for other purposes.  You will need a PDF reader and Excel to open the documents.

Risk Advisories 

GAO Risk Advisories give notice of concerns that the OSA has discovered regarding transparency, accountability or compliance. The purpose of Risk Advisories is to bring attention to a particular area of financial reporting or compliance, to notify independent public accountants of possible areas of risk in their audits and to tell the public about trends in audit findings.

Risk Reviews

Risk reviews communicate issues of concern to those charged with governance of state and local governmental agencies and other decision-makers.

Transparency Reports

GAO Transparency Reports discuss specific issues of interest that relate to how our public dollars are managed and spent. The purpose of Transparency Reports is to shed light on critical issues and trends in the areas of accurate and timely financial information from government, efficient use of resources, and equity. When a Transparency Report relies on compiled data, the GAO makes available the supporting data so that experts, academics and the general public can use it for other purposes.  You will need a PDF reader and Excel to open the documents.

Bulletins 

GAO Bulletins are more technical in nature, and discuss new accounting or auditing standards or regulations. The purpose of Bulletins is to educate and inform government finance professionals and independent public accountants about issues of interest.