National State Auditors Association Conference


This week, State Auditor Stacey Pickering is on the Mississippi Gulf Coast as he hosts the 2018 National State Auditors’ Association Conference in Biloxi.

Today, Governor Haley Barbour was invited to speak at the convention about the leadership lessons he learned throughout Hurricane Katrina.

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Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering said, “We’ve got a great success story to tell the nation. I want them to take that message back with them and see Mississippi in that leadership role.”

After Hurricane Katrina, the federal government reported less than a one percent error rate of the use of federal money in Mississippi. Governor Haley Barbour, who led the state during the disaster relief, was invited to the convention to share the lessons he learned while rebuilding post-Katrina. “Katrina and Mississippi’s response to it is a great story and specifically for those state auditors that have to deal with disaster and things in their own states.”

The convention allows over 150 accountability professionals, including over 30 state auditors, to network with each other and hear industry leaders speak on current and emerging issues.

Throughout Governor Barbour’s speech, he highlighted important tips on how to successfully lead a team. “You gotta give them responsibility and in addition, you gotta give them authority to carry out that responsibility.”

The National State Auditors Association Conference is held every June in hopes of working with auditors nation-wide to assure they are working efficiently for the taxpayers of their respective states.