The State Accounting Office is responsible for the following duties:
- Establish statewide accounting and reporting standards and practices.
- Operate and improve statewide financial and human capital management systems.
- Prepare the state's Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR, formerly CAFR); the annual audited financial statement for the entire state entity.
- Provide statewide financial information on interim basis.
- Train state accounting and payroll personnel in new policies, procedures and standards.
- Improve accountability, efficiencies and internal controls.
The vision of SAO is to be a trusted provider of enterprise business solutions.
- Integrity - Do the right thing.
- Accountability - Take ownership.
- Reliability - Do what you say you will do.
- Service Excellence - Exceed customer expectations.
The State Accounting Office was established on October 6, 2004 with an executive order signed by Governor Sonny Perdue. Governor Perdue signed House Bill 293, which codifies the realignment of the state's financial reporting and financial system responsibilities under a single State Accounting Officer (SAO).