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King County Auditor's Office
County Auditor
Kymber Waltmunson
King County Courthouse
Rm. W-1033
516 Third Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104

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Phone: 206-477-1033 
TTY Relay: 711
Fax: 206-296-0159

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Lean in King County: Approach Supports Continuous Improvement, but Actions Are Needed to Improve Strategy and Measurement

While King County has been applying Lean for more than five years, the approach lacks many of the elements of a mature Lean deployment. Since 2011, the County has deployed Lean by conducting trainings, coaching employees, and implementing more than 180 process improvement projects in over a dozen departments. A lack of common understanding about the purpose of Lean in King County among decision-makers and the lack of comprehensive mechanisms to track and assess Lean efforts and maturity limit the ability of the County to ensure that Lean is successful. Presented June 14, 2016.

Emergency Management:  Insufficient Authority and Communication Hinder Emergency Preparedness and Response in King County

King County faces significant structural barriers to effective emergency management. The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has had some success over the past few years improving relationships with regional stakeholders; however, it lacks the authority, visibility, and influence needed to drive emergency preparedness and response for King County. The County Executive, the County Council, and OEM should take steps to increase OEM’s authority and effectiveness.  Presented June 14, 2016.

 


Law Enforcement Oversight Audit Wins Knighton Award for High-impact, Innovative Audit

We are proud to announce that the King County Auditor’s Office has been awarded the 2015 Exemplary Knighton Award for best performance audit by the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA). ALGA noted that the report, Law Enforcement Oversight: Limited Independence, Authority & Access to Information Impede Effectiveness, was especially innovative and persuasive handling of a sensitive and timely topic that has led to significant impact on civilian police oversight in King County.

Each year, local government audit organizations from around the U.S. and Canada submit their best performance audit reports for judging. The purpose of the competition is to improve government services by encouraging and increasing levels of excellence among local government auditors. Judges from peer organizations determined that this audit was the best of 2015 for offices of our size. ALGA is a national audit association founded in 1985 committed to supporting and improving local government auditing through advocacy, collaboration, education, and training, while upholding and promoting the highest standards of professional ethics.


Auditor's Office 2015-16 work program approved

The Metropolitan King County approved the Auditor's Office 2015-16 work program on December 18, 2014. The focus of our work program is on performance, accountability, and transparency.

Public Works Magazine: Not-so-Risky Business

Councilmember Jane Hague and Capital Projects Oversight Manager Tina Rogers from the King County Auditor’s Office (shown at the right) are featured in a cover-page article in July’s Public Works magazine. The article describes the risk-assessment system that tracks King County’s largest capital projects. For more information about the Auditor’s Office Capital Projects Oversight Program or the county’s risk-assessment process, contact Tina Rogers at 206-477-1036 or email tina.rogers@kingcounty.gov.

External quality control review of Auditor's Office

Based on the results of a peer review conducted during the week of February 24, 2014, the King County Auditor's Office's internal quality control system was suitably designed and operating effectively to provide reasonable assurance of compliance with Government Auditing Standards for performance audits during the period January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2013. Click here to read the management letter in full.

Advancing performance, accountability, and transparency

Audits and Special Studies
The King County Auditor's Office provides oversight of county government through independent audits and other studies regarding the performance and efficiency of agencies and programs, compliance with mandates, and integrity of financial management systems. The office reports the results of each audit or study to the Metropolitan King County Council.

The King County Auditor’s Office performs its work in accordance with applicable Government Auditing Standards.

Capital Projects Oversight
In 2007, the King County Council created the Capital Projects Oversight program within the King County Auditor’s office. The oversight program was established to mitigate capital project overruns and potential problems, contain costs, and inform decision-making processes through adequate, timely, and useful standardized reporting. Current projects being monitored are: Accountable Business Transformation, Brightwater Wastewater Treatment System, South Regional Maintenance Facility (Roads Services Division), Facilities Management Division Project Delivery Management, and Criteria for Capital Project Prioritization.

Countywide Performance Management
Since 2002, the council has enacted legislation seeking to improve the county's use of performance measures, including a 2003 motion that created the auditor-led Performance Measurement (now Management) Work Group with countywide representation.  Based on a framework recommended by the Performance Management Work Group and efforts by this office to promote performance management in King County, the 2008 Performance and Accountability Act requires all King County agencies and departments to prepare strategic plans every five years, annual business plans, and relevant performance measures and paved the way for the development of the first countywide strategic plan, approved by the King County Council on July 26, 2010 . Advancing performance-based government is one of the ways the auditor's office promotes cost-effective and accountable county services.