Hastings Auditor Office

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Dakota County Auditor 1590 Highway 55 Hastings MN 55033 651-438-4576


About the Hastings Auditor

The Hastings Auditor performs an oversight role that ensures the transparency and accountability of government agencies and operations in Hastings, MN. The Hastings Auditor's Office is responsible for providing objective evaluations of the performance of government agencies, the integrity of the government's financial operations, and the compliance of government agencies with laws, rules, and regulations. The Auditor also helps Hastings government agencies accomplish their objectives by identifying opportunities for improving operations. At times, Auditors may also uncover corrupt or fraudulent activities.

You may contact the Auditor's Office for questions about:
  • Hastings government audit reports
  • Local government office financial operations
  • Government auditing standards in, Minnesota
  • Hastings government financial statements
  • Financial investigations and fraud
Auditing Process
  • Developing the scope of the audit and defining the criteria for evaluating Hastings government offices and programs
  • Conducting background research and gaining an understanding of the government office or program being audited.
  • Conducting fieldwork to gather detailed information and evidence.
  • Preparing preliminary findings and possibly distributing findings to the audited agency to allow for their response.
  • Preparing the Hastings audit report which includes the findings of the audit and recommendations for improvement or corrective action.
Hastings Government Office Audits

The unique role of the Hastings Auditor requires that they be granted the authority needed to carry out investigations and other audit activities. This authority typically comes from Hastings legislation that ensures the Auditor has full access to government agencies and their records, and provides safeguards against interference from agencies being audited. Auditors in Hastings, Minnesota often operate outside of traditional management structures, and report to an audit committee or other oversight authority. This further protects against interference in the Hastings Audits.

Government Contract Audits

In addition to internally focused activities, an Auditor audits Hastings government grants and contracts awarded to private sector entities. These externally focused reviews provide oversight and transparency for the distribution of grant funds and contract payments.

Hastings External Audits

The Hastings Auditor conducts audits of some aspect of a government agency or program. For example, an outside accounting firm, or certified public accountant (CPA), almost always conducts the annual financial audit. The purpose of the annual financial audit is to confirm that the Hastings government's annual financial statements accurately represent its financial position. The annual financial audit may also uncover problems or deficiencies in the entity's financial policies and procedures.