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Auditor Rotation Requirements for Annual Audits of Local Governments

Assembly Bill 1345 added section 12410.6.(b) to Government Code regarding auditor rotation requirements of public accounting firms providing audit services to local agencies.

Government Code section 12410.6.(b) indicates that commencing with the 2013-14 fiscal year, a local agency shall not employ a public accounting firm to provide audit services to a local agency if the lead audit partner or coordinating audit partner having primary responsibility for the audit, or the audit partner responsible for reviewing the audit, has performed audit services for that local agency for six consecutive fiscal years. For purposes of calculating the six consecutive fiscal years, the local agency shall not take into account any time that a public accounting firm was employed by that local agency prior to the 2013-14 fiscal year. The Controller may waive this requirement if he or she finds that another eligible public accounting firm is not available to perform the audit.