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About the South Carolina Comptroller's Office

Welcome to the Office of the Comptroller General. As the state's top accountant and chief fiscal watchdog, the Comptroller supervises state spending, keeps the state's books and maintains accounting controls over state agencies.

This Office was created in 1890 to administer the spending of state funds.  All payrolls for state employees, vouchers for bills owed by the state and interdepartmental payments between state agencies are submitted to the Comptroller for processing.  His office examines all payments to ensure they are properly authorized by agency officials, that funds are available to cover them, and that they are properly classified in the state's accounting system.  Upon approval, the Controller issues a warrant for each payment to authorize the State Treasurer to release the funds.

The Office also offers fiscal and accounting advice to state agencies and local governments, and it reports each year on the financial operations and conditions of state government.  The Comptroller sits on the five-member State Budget & Control Board, the oversight agency that plays a central role in the management of state government.


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