The Association of Local Government Auditors – The Knighton Award
The Knighton Award recognizes the best performance audit reports of the preceding year. Honorable mention award was given to the King County Auditor’s Office for their 2012 Performance Audit of King County’s Investment in Information Technology.
Auditor's Office 2013 work program approved
We are pleased to announce that our 2013 work program was adopted by motion at the Metropolitan King County Council meeting on April 1, 2013. Our work program emphasizes our core performance audit work, including follow-up on implementation of recommendations, plus continuing implementation of two oversight endeavors: Capital Projects Oversight Program and Countywide Strategic Planning, Performance Management and Accountability System. Please click here for the 2013 work program.
Highlights of 2012 accomplishments: Sustaining positive impacts on county government
We are pleased to announce that the Auditor's Office released its Highlights of Accomplishment report March 2013. The report summarizes the accomplishments of the King County Auditor’s Office during 2012. It provides examples of how the auditor’s office achieves its mission of promoting and improving performance, accountability, and transparency in King County government through objective and independent audits and studies.
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Advancing performance, accountabilty, 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.