The National Association of State Comptrollers was organized in 1978 as an associate of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers. The two organizations, along with the National State Auditors Association, share staff in NASACT's two offices, in Lexington, Kentucky, and Washington, D.C. The purposes for which NASC was created are listed in its Constitution and Bylaws, originally adopted in 1979. The mission is to enhance the effectiveness of state comptrollers and improve financial management in state government through cooperation, sharing of information, education, and advocacy of issues affecting government finances.
NASC performs most of its work through committees and information sharing groups.
NASC's technical staff includes an association manager and a program assistant. They assist committees with their work and provide administrative support for the committees. In addition, the technical staff does research and surveys on topics of particular interest to the members and provides information as requested. NASACT staff provides considerable administrative support for conferences and other events.
NASC's annual conference, held each year in March, is an important source of education and networking opportunities for the members. Participants hear presentations from leaders in state and federal government and the private sector, and the Comptrollers' Roundtables provide time for the free exchange of ideas about a wide variety of administrative and technical matters with which state comptrollers deal.
NASC has a number of publications and resources available for its members, including its technical inquiry network, through which members may pose technical questions to other state comptrollers and staff from around the country.