The Origin of the Auditors of Public Accounts
The office of the Auditors of Public Accounts can trace its origin to a charter granted in 1662 to the Colony of Connecticut by King Charles the Second of England. The state statutes of 1750 refer to the auditing of "the Colony's account with the Treasurer of the Colony." In 1786, when the Office of the State Comptroller was created, the Auditors of Public Accounts were placed under its supervision and remained so until 1937 when legislation established the independent status of the office. Its organization with two state auditors, not of the same political party, makes Connecticut unique among state auditing agencies. From its colonial origin Connecticut's audit function has been performed by more than a single auditor.
The office of the Auditors of Public Accounts presently consists of up to 117 full-time employees. The state auditors are assisted in the management of the office by a deputy state auditor, five administrative auditors and two executive assistants. The audit operations staff is organized into five audit groups and assigned to the auditing of state agencies with each group under the general direction of an administrative auditor. The administration unit includes five employees providing administrative assistance to the office, support services to the field audit teams and report processing services. For additional information on the office please see the latest APA Annual Report to the General Assembly published on the APA Reports page.