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Government Accountability Office

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.

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.

Fund Balance Report – State Agencies, FY 2015  (Updated February 12, 2016)

The Findings Report: A Summary of New Mexico’s Governmental Financial Audits (Updated September 29, 2015) 

Money on the Sidelines: Report on Unspent Fund Balances (Volume 1, State Agencies) (Updated July 7, 2015) 

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 Advisory: Wire Transfers (June 10, 2016)

Risk Advisory: School Personnel Act Compliance (November 17, 2016)

Secretary of State:  Chronic Budgetary Shortfalls Associated with Election Expenses

Inquiry to Legislative Council Service regarding primary elections (May 18, 2016)

Department of Health: Potential non-compliance with Lynn and Erin Compassionate Care Act (June 20, 2016)

Risk Review - La Pro mesa Charter School Reimbursement to Executive Director for Cleaning Services (July 19, 2016)

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.

Transparency Report: Lodgers Tax Expenditures (Updated February 11, 2016)

Transparency Report: County and Municipality Fund Balances (Updated November 10, 2015)

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.

Bulletin: GASB 77 Is Coming (January 21, 2016)