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.  

I have witnessed untold changes since starting with OLA in 1981 (fresh out of college); but 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. ​

 

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.

 

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

Legislative Auditor

 

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