Conditions of Use

This Web site, and the information it contains, are provided as a public service by the California State Auditor's Office (the office). This document sets forth the office's Use Policy regarding the use of the Web site. Please note that the office also publishes a Privacy Policy, which is available on the Web site. By visiting the Web site, you are accepting the policies and practices described in this document, which covers the following topics.

Please note that this Use Policy is subject to change without notice, and that it reflects the office's current business practices. The Use Policy is dated November 20, 2009.


The computer system ("system") that hosts and controls this Web site is monitored to ensure proper operation, to verify the functioning of applicable security features, and for comparable purposes. Anyone using the Web site expressly consents to such monitoring. Unauthorized attempts to modify any information stored on the system that hosts the Web site or to use the information for any purpose other than its intended purposes are prohibited and may result in criminal prosecution.


The office's Web site has links to sites that may be useful to you and which may provide services. When you follow such a link to another site, you are no longer on the office's Web site and are subject to the privacy policy of the new site to which you have been linked.


The office attempts to maintain the accuracy of the content of this Web site. Any errors or omissions should be reported to the office for investigation.

The office makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the absolute accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the content of this Web site and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the content of this Web site. No warranty of any kind, implied, expressed, or arising by law, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and freedom from computer virus, is given with respect to the content of the Web site or its hyperlinks to other internet resources. Reference in the Web site to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation names is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of California, or its employees or agents.


In general, information presented on this Web site, unless otherwise indicated, is considered to exist in the public domain. It may be distributed or copied as permitted by law. However, the State of California does make use of copyrighted data (e.g., photographs) which may require additional permissions prior to further use. Any person seeking to use, from the Web site, any information of any nature not owned or created by the State of California, must seek permission directly from the persons or entities that own (or hold) rights in such information. The State of California shall have the unlimited right to use for any purpose, free of any charge, all information submitted via this site, excepting those submissions made under separate legal contract. The State of California shall be free to use, for any purpose, any ideas, concepts, or techniques contained in information provided through this site.