Winner of the National Award for Excellence in Accountability.
Elected President of the National State Auditors Association.
Named 1 of the 15 Most Influential Government Auditors in America.
Rebecca watches out for the best interests of Minnesota taxpayers with what the worldwide IIA calls "courage, integrity and leadership." Here are a few of the many ways she is working to make Minnesota better.
Rebecca stands up for the best interests of Minnesota taxpayers.
She does her job without fear or favor.
She provides accountability so citizens can trust government.
She is a fiduciary for more than $73 billion in state investments.
She serves on the Public Employees Retirement Association board, and fights the assault on public pensions.
She oversees more than $20 billion in local government spending.
She exposed the state's dumping of its deficit onto our property taxes.
She works to improve efficiency, transparency, and accountability.
Rebecca is defending Minnesota's taxpayers from the assault on public pensions. Groups aligned with the private 401(k) industry want to line their pockets by doing away with public pensions, and moving public employees into riskier and more expensive 401(k)s. The groups are spreading disinformation, claiming that Minnesota will be "the next Detroit." Nothing could be further from the truth. The true risk is that people with poorly performing 401(k)s will wind up coming back to the taxpayers, because we don't want poverty in our senior population.
Rebecca promotes efficient, effective service delivery by our local governments, whether it be maintaining streets and highways, providing firefighting services, or public safety.
The State Auditor publishes a performance measurement report that shows how well residents feel their cities and counties are doing in a variety of key areas. This helps cities and counties do a better job of providing the services people value most.
The State Auditor issues Best Practices Reviews to help local governments improve their delivery of services. During the economic downturn, Rebecca decided to issue a review on reducing energy costs in local government, which won the National Excellence in Accountability Award.
As State Auditor, Rebecca Otto serves on the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) board. Her leadership over the last eight years has helped guide it to nation-leading success. MHFA finances safe, clean, affordable housing for our low- to moderate-income Minnesotans, and to foster stronger communities. This can include housing for our seniors, our veterans, our families with single parents, and many others. During the housing market crisis, Rebecca pushed for measures that would keep Minnesotans in their homes. Rebecca understands the importance of housing stability for the success of our children in school and of workers on the job.
With your support, Rebecca Otto has become one of the most prominent financial leaders in the United States. In 2009, she won the National Excellence in Accountability Award. In 2013 she was named president of the National State Auditors Association. In 2014, the American Center for Government Auditing named her one of the 15 most influential professionals in government auditing at all levels, citing her "courage and integrity necessary to face difficult situations, and willingness to call out opportunities to improve efficiency and effectiveness in government operations, even when doing so may not be popular or may incur strong opposition from those in power." She is the first female democrat to be elected Minnesota State Auditor, the first democrat to be re-elected, and one of only 7 elected women state auditors nationwide. She has an open-door policy and lets young people shadow her to learn about public service.
Remember your Uncle Arnie, who kept coffee cans full of old bent nails and bolts on the garage shelf because he never knew when he might need one? Rebecca and her husband Shawn do that. The old Minnesota ethic of waste not-want not and efficiency runs throughout their lives, from building their home themselves, to the use of wind power and superinsulation to generate and save energy, to Rebecca's focus on efficiency at the office, which allowed her to expand the office's investigations while cutting her own budget. Being green and saving green are conservative values that make for a great State Auditor.
As State Auditor, Rebecca is not pro-mining or anti-mining; she is pro-taxpayer. It is part of the State Auditor's job to watch out for the best interests of Minnesota taxpayers and make certain they are not left holding the bag after a nonferrous mine closes. The State Auditor sits on the State Executive Council, where in 2013 she voted against the approval of 31 leases to mine nonferrous minerals because of potential taxpayer exposure to cleanup costs. Rebecca is pushing for an open and transparent process when it comes to the setting of financial assurances for new copper mines, which are like damage deposits, so that taxpayers are protected.
Rebecca Otto's leadership has not only benefited her state but our country as she sets the standard for auditors nationwide in her role as president of the National State Auditors Association.
Rebecca Otto has emerged as one of the most principled public servants in the nation.
Stonewall DFL Caucus
The Teamsters know you will work to protect the rights of Minnesota's working men and women.
Teamsters Joint Council 32 DRIVE
Representing over 14,000 members in Minnesota, we are proud to endorse Rebecca Otto for State Auditor. It was a unanimous vote.
United Steelworkers Dist. 11
It my great pleasure and honor to endorse your candidacy for reelection as State Auditor.
Senator Scott Dibble
We look forward to supporting your work as we collectively work to improve the lives of all Americans.
SEIU Minnesota State Council
You have proven to be a great friend of first reponders and labor and we wish to see you coninue as a leader we can count on.
Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters
We couldn't be more excited to endorse you in your reelection!
Auditor Otto does not shy away from making the right choice for taxpayers—she has earned another four-year term.
Minnesota Association of Professional Employees
Our decision to endorse you is based on your positions on rural issues.
Minnesota Farmers Union PAC
Rebecca Otto has been an excellent, nation-leading State Auditor, and a strong and rock-solid supporter of labor, and she deserves and has our strong support for her re-election.
Bill Heaney, Legislative & Political Director, IBEW Minnesota State Council
You have been a great friend to our issues and concerns.
DFL Veterans Caucus
Thank you for your service and your dedication to issues that are important to nurses, patients and working families.
Minnesota Nurses Association
We collectively endorse your excellent work and candidacy to serve a third term as the State Auditor or Minnesota.
Rebecca believes that in order for people to support their government, they have to trust their government. The State Auditor's Office is key in fostering that trust, by providing transparency and accountability in local governments' financial activities without fear or favor.
The State Auditor's Office oversees more than $20 billion spent annually by over 3,000 local governments. This Division conducts audits, establishes uniform reporting standards and provides technical assistance and education.
The State Auditor's Office investigates allegations of theft or misuse of public funds and provides legal compliance information to help local governments avoid pitfalls and get it right when spending taxpayer money.
Pension & TIF Divisions
The State Auditor's Office reviews almost 700 public pension plans, and promotes legal compliance and accountability through examination and review of development authorities’ use of tax increment financing (TIF).
The State Auditor serves on six state boards: Executive Council, State Board of Investment, Public Land Exchange, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Public Employees Retirement Association, and Rural Finance Authority.
Gov't Information Division
The State Auditor's Office collects and analyzes local government financial data and issues reports for the Legislature and the public. It also conducts Best Practices Reviews of local government operations.
The State Auditor's Office helps local governments succeed by providing the tools and resources necessary to be good stewards of public funds, through training sessions and seminars across the state and online.
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