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King County Auditor

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

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

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Opportunities to Improve Family and Medical Leave Administration

King County was an early adopter of family and medical leave for employees. However, the County lacks sufficient structures to ensure consistent and accurate reporting of family and medical leave time. As a result, administration of family and medical leave is inefficient, inconsistent, and may result in improper use of leave. Improving guidance, training, and accountability will advance administrative efficiency and mitigate risks of waste and abuse in family and medical leave. The family and medical leave audit was released on February 18, 2015. 

2014 Annual Report – Highlights of 2014 Performance: Driving Improvement in County Government

We are pleased to announce the Auditor's Office released its Highlights of Performance report for 2014. The report summarizes the accomplishments of the King County Auditor’s Office during 2014 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.

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

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.

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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.

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Follow-up on the Performance Audit and 2012 Financial Review of the Emergency Medical Services Levy, issued January 30, 2015. 

Follow-up on Review of County Executive's Report Regarding Acquisition and Governance of the Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network, issued on January 23, 2015

Children and Family Justice Center Project Design-Build Contract Needs Council Approval, presented (play video) on January 21, 2015

Follow-up on 2011 Performance Audit of the King County Sheriff’s, issued on December 18, 2014

Follow-up on 2012 Performance Audit of the King County Sheriff's Office and Office of Law Enforcement Oversight, presented on December 9, 2014

Second Follow-up Review to the 2012 Performance Audit of King County's Investment in Information Technology, issued on December 3, 2014

Follow-up on the 2013 Performance Audit of Take-Home Vehicles in the King County Sheriff's Office, issued on November 20, 2014

Oversight Monitoring Consultant Report - Review of Brightwater Close Out Report, May 2014, issued on September 29, 2014

Performance Audit of the Facilities Management Division Major Maintenance Reserve Fund, presented (play video) on September 16, 2014

Performance Audit of the King County 2012 Strategic Climate Action Plan, presented (play video) on September 16, 2014

Review of the County Executive's Report Regarding Acquisition and Governance of the Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network, presented (play video) September 9, 2014

Performance Audit of the Georgetown Combined Sewer Overflow Project, presented (play video) September 9, 2014

Follow-up on the 2013 Performance Audit of the Office of Risk Management, issued on August 25, 2014