Any member of the Legislature may request an audit by the Legislative Auditor of activity of state government. Such requests should be presented in writing to the Chair of the Legislative Audit Committee. The 12-member, bipartisan,bicameral audit committee considers all audit requests and approves and sets priorities for audits. Once an audit is approved, and there is sufficient staff and funding available, it is conducted by the Legislative Auditor's staff following Governmental Audit Standards. When completed, all audit reports are issued through the Legislative Audit Committee.
Statutorily Mandated Audits
The Legislative Auditor is responsible for the Single Audit of Montana that is mandated by the federal government. The Legislative Auditor performs other related assignments, including performance audits, Information System audits and financial-compliance audits that are mandated by statute.
Legislative Audit Hotline Program
The Hotline Program, another mandated responsibility for the Legislative Auditor, has generated hundreds of phone calls to its toll-free hotline that have resulted in improved government operations,the punishment of wrongdoers and the collection of thousands of dollars of state funds. Investigations are limited to state departments and agencies -- problems at the federal or local level are not handled by the audit staff. Investigations range from embezzlement to the misuse of state telephones. The audit hotline can provide anonymity and protection to complainants.
The hotline number is 1 (800) 222-4446, and is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. An answering machine records messages from after-hours callers.