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The King County Auditor’s Office was created by charter in 1969 as an independent agency within the legislative branch of county government. The office conducts oversight of county government through independent audits, capital projects oversight, and other studies. The results of this work are presented to the Metropolitan King County Council and are communicated to the King County Executive and the public. The King County Auditor’s Office performs its work in accordance with Government Auditing Standards.

Project Name Project Focus

Goal Area Audit 2017

Monitor the progress of the county’s strategic planning process to determine which goal area to evaluate in 2017, per KCC 2.10.124.

Goal Area Audit 2018

Monitor the progress of the county’s strategic planning process to determine which goal area to evaluate in 2018, per KCC 2.10.124.

Noise Code

King County Ordinance 18000 includes a requirement for the Auditor’s Office to report on its effectiveness in June 2018.

Law Enforcement

Annual review of Office of Law Enforcement Oversight and/or the Sheriff’s Internal Investigations Unit, per KCC 2.20.037.

Transit Active Service Management

Evaluate Metro’s capacity to deal with service disruption, its planned transition to an active control center model, and efficiency and effectiveness of this function. Mandated in KCC 2.20.039.

Transit Rapid Ride

Evaluate the implementation of existing Rapid Ride routes ahead of planned expansion. Mandated in KCC 2.20.039.

Transit On-Time Performance and Reporting

Assess how Metro calculates and reports on-time performance to riders and stakeholders. Mandated in KCC 2.20.039.

Department of Permitting and Environmental Review

Evaluate Department of Permitting and Environmental Review per expenditure restriction (ER1) in Auditor’s Office 2017-18 budget.

Community-Based Relicensing Program

Conduct an audit of the community-based relicensing program operated by Legacy of Equality, Leadership and Organizing per expenditure restriction (ER2) in Auditor’s Office 2017-18 budget.

Homelessness Roles and Responsibilities

Evaluate the roles, responsibilities, and general effectiveness among the different stakeholders in addressing homelessness.

Best Starts for Kids Levy

Evaluate the extent to which this levy is collecting data that will allow effective oversight.

King County Elections

Conduct a performance audit of King County Elections.

Public Defense

Evaluate the Office of Public Defense.

Property Tax Appeals

Assess the property tax appeal process.

Tax Title Properties

Assess Real Estate Services’ processes for tax title properties.
Project Name Project Focus

Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC)

Continue to provide oversight of FMD’s CFJC project emphasizing scope, schedule, budget, and timely information.

Georgetown Project

Continue to provide oversight of WTD’s Georgetown project emphasizing scope, schedule, budget, and timely information.

Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network Project (PSERN)

Continue to provide oversight of KCIT’s PSERN project emphasizing scope, schedule, budget, and timely information.

South County Recycling and Transfer Station

Provide oversight of SWD’s South County Recycling and Transfer Station project emphasizing scope, schedule, budget, and timely information.

Courthouse Projects Continue to provide oversight of projects in the King County Courthouse emphasizing scope, schedule, budget, timely information, and the use of emergency declarations.
Transit Capital Program Monitor the proposed Transit capital program as a whole and select one or two high-risk projects for monitoring in 2017.
Project Name Project Focus
Peer Review

To comply with auditing standards, KCAO is undergoing a peer review by the Association of Local Government Auditors.

Transit Continuous Monitoring

Conduct limited-scope analyses of Metro Transit.

Risk Scoring

Consult during annual risk scoring process to score and select capital projects for mandatory phased appropriation.

Capital Program Reporting Analyze and follow-up on executive-produced quarterly capital project reports.
Follow-up of Past Recommendations Enhance accountability by following up on more than 200 recommendations to drive performance improvement.
Pre-Budget Review Summary of relevant audit and oversight work to enhance Council information for the 2019-20 budget.
Project Name Project Focus
King County Sheriff’s Office Internal Controls

Evaluate internal controls, including those for purchasing and procurement, within the Sheriff’s Office.

Jail Efficiency

Evaluate opportunities for the jail to improve efficiency.

Central Rates

Evaluate King County’s central rate calculations and processes.

Superior Court

Conduct a performance audit of Superior Court.

IT Security

Assess the extent to which KCIT is mitigating the most pressing IT security threats.

King County’s Domestic Violence Policy Evaluate to what extent the implementation of the domestic violence policy meets best practices.
Transit Contract with Seattle Evaluate the 2016 contract between the City of Seattle and King County to provide increased transit service. Per KCC 2.20.039.
Parking Assess the extent to which King County complies with parking policy, alignment with the county strategic plan, and other goals.
Term-Limited Temporary Evaluate the extent to which TLT positions are used and type of work done by TLT employees.
Acquisition of Heavy and Metered Vehicles Determine to what extent acquisition of heavy and metered vehicles follows best practices and King County Code.