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TERRITORIAL AUDIT OFFICE (TAO)

AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNMENT

 

WHO WE ARE

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VISION STATEMENT

“To be an Independent Audit Office that effectively promotes Accountability, Transparency, Integrity, and Quality in the use of local Government Resources that impact audit work, reports and good governance.”


MISSION STATEMENT


In order to operationalize this vision, the TAO mission is to: 


“Enhance good governance and community accountability through the conduct of audits. To effectively review the management and use of local resources by employing relevant techniques to ensure better financial management and optimum use of government resources to maintain sustainable development.” 


The TAO is committed to achieving a high level of quality. It accomplishes this by performing its audit work in accordance with the Government Auditing Standards (GAS), promulgated by the Comptroller General of the United States and published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). These standards relate to the scope and quality of audit work and establish characteristics for potential and meaningful audit reports. 


STATEMENT OF CORE VALUES


Values are the principles that represent the key ideas through which Auditor general departments are governed. They are fundamental thoughts that shape behavior and operations. The TAO core values include:

  • Accountability – We believe that government officials and agencies, including our office, are accountable to citizens for their performance, use of resources, stewardship of assets, and ethical conduct.

  • Transparency – We believe that free and open access to information is necessary for government officials and agencies to be accountable.

  • Integrity – We conduct our work and report results fairly, honestly, objectively, and independently. We strive to be accurate, but will publicly acknowledge and correct our mistakes. 

  • Quality – We are committed to producing high-quality work and continuously strive to improve our performance. 

CODE OF CONDUCT

Because we evaluate the performance and conduct of other ASG employees, we hold ourselves to high standards. Audit staff must:

  • Preserve Independence – Avoid conflicts of interest arising from relationships, financial interests, and responsibilities. Disclose potential conflicts to the Territorial Auditor before being assigned to a project. 

  • Act with Professionalism – Conduct work objectively and treat staff and officials of audited agencies, co-workers, and members of the public with respect.

Make Proper use of Information, Resources, and Position – Protect confidential or sensitive information and do not use access to information or other ASG resources for personal gain or to the detriment of ASG’s interests.

 

CONTACT AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNMENT TERRITORIAL AUDIT OFFICE

AP Lutali Executive Building 2nd Floor Pago Pago American Samoa, 96799

Office Phone (684) 633-5191, 5192, 5194