Mo. auditor says new law gives more flexibility

Jul 15, 2013

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich.
Credit Photo courtesy of the Missouri Auditor's Office

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says a newly enacted law will give him greater flexibility in determining when and how to audit governmental agencies.

Schweich said Monday that the measure regarding the auditor's authority updates the state's World War II-era statutes and increases accountability in government. He said it clarifies the legality of many things the office already does, such as performance audits of agencies.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed the bill last Friday without much comment.

The legislation requires more financial information to be reported on a state website, including details about gubernatorial spending cuts. The site also will have to show the costs of bond issues by local governments and schools.