A Message from the Legislative Auditor
Welcome to the website of the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits (OLA). Our Office conducts independent, periodic, and unbiased audits of State agencies, thereby serving the Maryland General Assembly and the citizens of Maryland through their elected representatives. These audits primarily focus on a State agency’s financial operations; including compliance with State laws and regulations, and the establishment of effective financial controls.
OLA traces its roots back to the appointment of a State Auditor in 1902; however, our more recent history of service to the Maryland General Assembly dates from 1968 when we became a unit of the Department of Fiscal Services and of its successor, the Department of Legislative Services. Since my appointment as Legislative Auditor in 2018, I have been both privileged and proud to lead such a successful and dedicated group of professionals with diverse backgrounds and abilities, but who share a common purpose of improving State government operations.
I have witnessed untold changes since starting with OLA in 1981, including the recent relocation of our Office to the historic Warehouse at Camden Yards (yes, that long brick building at Oriole park)! Although this move provided a new and exciting dynamic to our Office, what has remained constant is OLA’s proud tradition of exemplary service, its reputation for excellence and fairness, and its invaluable role in assisting the General Assembly in holding State agencies accountable for their stewardship in the management of public funds and for ensuring efficient and effective operations.
Please explore our website and that of our parent agency, the Department of Legislative Services, to find out more about our respective missions and services to the General Assembly. For those interested in the mechanics of OLA's audit process, please check out our Information for Auditees brochure; and feel free to browse our website and online audit reports.
Speaking for the Office of Legislative Audits’ staff, I can say, without hesitation, that we are honored by the trust we have earned in contributing to and promoting government accountability.
Gregory A. Hook, CPA
Past Legislative Auditors of Maryland
Thomas J. Barnickel III, CPA 2012 to 2018
Bruce A. Myers, CPA 1997 to 2012
Anthony J. Verdecchia, CPA 1987 to 1997
Charles C. Piazza, CPA 1983 to 1986
Eugene J. Gerzack, CPA 1978 to 1983
Pierce J. Lambdin, CPA 1968 to 1978