About the Office of Controller

Summary of Responsibilities

The City Controller is one of two independently elected, citywide offices in the City of Pittsburgh, the other being the Mayor. The term of office for the City Controller is four years, and is not term limited. 

The City Controller is the fiscal watchdog for the citizens of the City of Pittsburgh. It is the job of the Controller to protect City tax dollars from waste, fraud and abuse. The Controller does this by auditing all city government related expenditures (the City also has a Finance Department and Treasurer who collect and audit all City revenues).

The Controller also conducts audits of all City departments and City authorities such as the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Pittsburgh Parking Authority, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and the Pittsburgh Housing Authority.

Through audits of City departments and authorities, the Controller makes recommendations on how to make those departments more effective, efficient and how to better spend City tax dollars.

In addition to auditing City departments, the City Controller reviews and approves City contracts and is also charged with reporting to the citizens of Pittsburgh, the Mayor, and City Council the state of the City’s fiscal condition.

Every year, the City Controller issues the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The CAFR provides detailed information on Pittsburgh’s short-term and long-term financial outlook.

Lastly, the City Controller sits on the boards of the city’s Municipal Pension Fund and the Comprehensive Municipal Fund.

Core Services

  • Accounting
    • Incorporates all financial data into the Controller's financial information system,
    • Performs bank reconciliations, transfers of funds, and code account creation.  
    • Prepares monthly reports of revenues, quarterly reports of expenditures, and a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
  • Accounts Payable
    • Audits City government related expenditures and provides payment to City vendors
    • Audits all City contracts for specs before countersignature by Controller and digitizes all contracts,
    • Audits and payment documentation for support checks. Also accepts bids to be awarded for contracts.
  • Performance Audit 
    • Conducts audits of City departments and authorities (URA, Parking, Stadium, etc.) to ensure that program goals and objectives are being met;
    • Test for compliance with applicable laws;
    • Making constructive recommendations for improvement.
  • Fiscal Audit 
    • Performs fiscal reviews of City departments and authorities, typically analyzing revenues and expenditures. Audits the City's imprest and trust fund accounts. 
  • Engineering
    • Inspects and audits all engineering, architectural, construction, and demolition contracts during and after completion of projects.


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