Follow-up on Review of County Executive's Report Regarding Acquisition and Governance of the Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network
The Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network team has made progress in addressing our recommendations resulting in a number of positive actions that enhance this important effort to replace the county’s aging emergency radio network. However, additional actions are needed, especially in areas such as risk planning and mitigation, to fully implement several of our recommendations. The follow-up report was issued on January 23, 2015 to the King County Council.
Children and Family Justice Center Project Design-Build Contract Needs Council Approval
The Children and Family Justice Center project experienced a seven-month schedule delay to make major scope changes addressing neighborhood input, Seattle city code, and federal detention requirements. Facilities Management Division forecasts that it can mitigate potential cost increases from this delay. Additionally, the County Executive is seeking approval to contract for the shell of two additional floors to the courthouse, adding approximately $6 million to the cost. County Council approval of the project scope and design-build contract is the next major project milestone. The report was presented to the Budget & Fiscal Management Committee (play video) on January 21, 2015.
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 email@example.com.
2013 Highlights of Performance: Advancing
Improvement in County Government
We are pleased to announce the Auditor's Office released its Highlights of Performance report for 2013. The report summarizes the accomplishments of the King County Auditor’s Office during 2013 and provides examples of how the Auditor’s Office improved county programs, and enhanced oversight and transparency in capital projects. The King County Auditor’s Office promotes and improves performance, accountability, and transparency of King County government through objective and independent audits, oversight, and studies.
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.
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.
We appreciate receiving your input and feedback by e-mail or call us at 206-477-1033. The King County Auditor's Office is now on Twitter.
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.