The Audit Office (Office) for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) was established in 2007. The Office is responsible for performing internal audits on Cal OES's internal operations to ensure effective and efficient operations, compliance with state and federal rules, laws and regulations and ensuring the reliability of Cal OES's financial reports. The Office also provides a central point of contact for all audits and reviews conducted by federal and other state agencies. This activity is coordinated through the Audit Chief position. The Audit Chief acts as a liaison between external auditors and Cal OES to ensure that appropriate Cal OES staff are notified of the audit or review, coordinates the entrance and exit conferences, coordinates Cal OES's response to the audit findings and tracks the status of all recommendations until the reported findings have been resolved.
The Office also investigates complaints of improper governmental activities against Cal OES employees or any entity entrusted with grant funds administered by Cal OES, including fraud, waste, abuse or misappropriation of state or federal funds. Strict confidentiality is maintained during an investigation. The identity of the complainant is protected, as is the reputation(s) of the individual(s) who have been accused of improper governmental activity. To report any improper activities, contact the Audit Chief or Internal.Audits@caloes.ca.gov.