|Financial Audit Division Report 05-28||Released May 12, 2005|
OSA was established by Article V of the State Constitution and operates under Minnesota Statutes 2004, Chapter 6. Minnesota voters elect the State Auditor to a four-year term. The current State Auditor, Patricia Anderson, began her term on January 6, 2003.
The mission of OSA is to ensure financial integrity, accountability, and cost-effectiveness of Minnesota's local governmental entities. OSA’s activities are financed primarily through General Fund appropriations. OSA's appropriation in fiscal year 2004 totaled approximately $8.3 million. The audit practice receipts collected from local units of government are deposited in the General Fund as nondedicated receipts.