Audit Division

Courtney Smith, City Auditor

Mission Statement
The Mission Statement of the Audit Division (AD) is to perform the Internal Audit (IA) function for the Office of the City Controller (CC) of the City of Houston, Texas. This includes provision of independent, objective assurance, attestation, and consulting services designed to add value and improve the City’s operations.  In doing so, we use Generally Accepted Governmental Auditing Standards (GAGAS) promulgated by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (The Standards) as issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). The AD helps Department Management of the City accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of various processes (i.e. risk management, control, and governance).

As the fourth largest municipality in the United States, we seek to become an example of a standard of excellence for other IA functions to benchmark against. We accomplish this, in part, by adopting and adhering to our Policies and Procedures, which are rooted in professional requirements and other guidance as presented on this website.  We couple this by leveraging knowledge, experience, and applying best practices within the scope of our work and profession.