The National State Auditors Association (NSAA) was organized in 1979 as an associate of NASACT. The two organizations, along with the National Association of State Comptrollers (NASC), share staff in NASACT's two offices, in Lexington, Kentucky, and Washington, D.C. The organization's mission is to unite state auditors by encouraging and providing opportunities for the free exchange of information and ideas between auditors on the state, federal and local levels.
NSAA performs much of its work through a set of standing committees. NSAA's committees meet in conjunction with the association's annual conference in June each year and also during business meetings held throughout the year. Committee membership is open to principal state auditors and staff within their offices.
One of the most popular benefits of belonging to NSAA is the technical services program. Through the technical services program, states may contact NSAA's association director to make technical inquires of other states. Additionally, the program provides for the production of Auditing in the States, a book of data about state audit offices, as well as various surveys of interest to the state audit community throughout the year.
Specific benefits of NSAA include:
- NSAA's annual conference, held each year in June. At this conference, state auditors and senior staff come together for committee meetings and several days of technical sessions and networking that target the interests and learning objectives of state auditors.
- NSAA's Peer Review Program offers coordination and cooperation between state audit organizations and enables members to be reviewed by peers from other states.
- The NSAA Information Technology Conference offers IT auditors from all state agencies the opportunity to share their expertise with each other in an open forum environment.
The Association's publication, Auditing in the States, summarizes current information covering the characteristics of state auditing offices, implementation of accounting principles and standards, scope of audit work, the quality control review process, budgets, appropriations, salaries, staffing patterns, reporting, training, legislation and other areas of interest to state auditors. This publication is made available free of charge to members on NASACT's Website.
- The NSAA Middle Management Conference provides a forum for middle managers from state audit agencies to share technical and management innovations implemented by their states.