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The mission of the Office of the City Auditor is to provide a catalyst for improvements of municipal operations, promote credible, efficient, effective, fair, focused, transparent, and a fully accountable City Government. The Fiscal Policy Analyst position performs independent analysis and review of budget and policy issues and develops options and recommendations to address these issues. Responsibilities include comprehensive review and analysis of proposed budgetary and legislative matters. Conducts independent and objective financial, operational, and program audits and investigations to determine compliance with prevailing laws and to identify opportunities to strengthen internal controls. Responds to City Council requests for information and analysis of the city's budget and programs, conducts independent fiscal and policy research, and reports on issues of importance to the City. Work must be solution-oriented and performed in a timely manner.

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all the listed duties and/or may be required to perform related duties as needed:
  • Conducts a comprehensive review and analysis of proposed budgetary items;
  • Researches and analyzes data and information relative to budgetary issues;
  • Conducts audits of City operations, programs and activities; evaluates actual versus projected outcomes; identifies areas of risk; recommends functional and operational changes needed to improve the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of City government services and programs;
  • Conducts audit planning, executes field work, and documents audit steps in working papers;
  • Develops comparative studies of other cities as they relate to municipal finance;
  • Reviews fiscal forecasts including review of past, current, and proposed revenues and expenditures;
  • Researches federal, state, and local programs to determine sources of funding and appropriate expenditure options;
  • Researches and analyzes the policy and fiscal effects of new or proposed legislation;
  • Participates in the construction of economic models and indexes;
  • Assists in the preparation of fiscal and economic project analysis;
  • Develops reports relating to budgetary and legislative policy concerns;
  • Prepares and presents recommendations for review by management in connection with the analysis, studies, and reports described herein;
  • Periodic attendance at evening City Council meetings, including presentation of reports;
  • Conducts fraud, waste, and abuse investigations;
  • Drives automotive vehicle as necessary in order to conduct research and attend meetings; and
  • Other related duties may also be performed; not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual holding this classification.