Audit of the City of St. Louis

In January 2018, Auditor Galloway announced she will complete a comprehensive audit of the City of St. Louis.

Previous comprehensive state audits of the city were completed in 2010 and 1990.  A list of past audit reports can be found here.

Seeking Citizen Input

Auditor Galloway is committed to providing residents with the opportunity to voice their thoughts and concerns. Citizens can provide information at any time by contacting the State Auditor's Whistleblower Hotline at moaudit@auditor.mo.gov or by calling 800-347-8597. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously here.

Auditor Galloway will also hear feedback from citizens through
a series of meetings in various locations within the city.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I be involved in the process?

The public can submit information to the State Auditor's Whistleblower Hotline. Those who submit information can choose to remain anonymous.

What is the audit process?

The audit process consists of an entrance meeting, fieldwork, report preparation, exit meeting, response period, and report release. A more detailed overview of the audit process can be found here.

What is the audit expected to find?

Although the State Auditor's Office can't detail what the audit will find before its completion, the duties and responsibilities of the State Auditor include:

--working to ensure the proper use of public funds

--working to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of city offices and departments

--examining financial accountability, waste, opportunities for fraud, and whether organizations and programs are achieving their purposes and operating economically and efficiently.

All audits are performed in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States.

How long will the audit take?

A comprehensive audit of the City of St. Louis is a substantial undertaking and will include multiple reports issued over many months. As individual reports for separate city offices and departments are completed, they will be released to the public. The last audit of the City of St. Louis included 26 reports and took just over two years (for past audit reports, click here).

How much will the audit cost the city?

The audit is expected to cost the city between $1.25 million and 1.75 million.