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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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2009 Reports

Follow-up on Implementation of Recommendations from 2006 Performance Audit of New Construction Assessments
Rob McGowan

The management letter provides the results of our follow-up review of our 2006 New Construction Assessments performance audit. The follow-up review found that three of the four recommendations from the original audit have not been implemented. A fourth recommendations is no longer applicable. Released on December 23, 2009.

Management Letter  (168 KB)


Assessment and Analysis of Euthanasia Practices at King County Animal Care and Control
Valerie Whitener, Brian Estes, and Dr. Annette Rauch, Tufts University

In response to concerns about King County Animal Care and Control (KCACC) euthanasia practices, the performance audit evaluates selected euthanasia practices at KCACC and compare them to model practices. Released without presentation on December 8, 2009.

 Report in pdf Format (1.66 MB)            One-page Summary (71 KB)


Follow-up on Implementation of Recommendations from 2008 Performance Audit of Code Enforcement
Rob McGowan, Cindy Drake

The management letter provides the results of our follow-up review of the 2008 Code Enforcement performance audit. The audit evaluated whether code enforcement management, policies, procedures, and practices promoted consistency, transparency, and accountability. Released November 23, 2009.

Management Letter  (233 KB)


Follow-up on Implementation of Recommendations from 2007 Performance Audit of County Vehicle Replacement
Rob McGowan, Larry Brubaker

The management letter provides the results of our follow-up review of our 2007 County Vehicle Replacement performance audit. The audit looked at how efficiently and effectively the county replaced its non-revenue vehicles. Released November 9, 2009.

Management Letter  (332 KB)


Review of Animal Care and Control
Valerie Whitener, Cindy Drake, Brian Estes

A performance audit of King County Animal Care and Control (ACC) was mandated by the King County Council in response to concerns about ACC shelter services and data reliability. The overall audit objective was to determine the extent to which the existing data systems, policies, and procedures are appropriately used to manage and carry out shelter operations, improve performance, and promote transparency and accountability. Presented October 26, 2009.

Report in pdf Format (730 KB)            One-page Summary (26 KB)


EMS Levy Financial Review
Susan Baugh, Brian Estes, Miller & Miller P.S., Consultant

The EMS Levy Financial Review responds to Ordinance 15862 requesting a review and comparison of the county programs funded by the EMS levy, including the annual revenues, expenditures, and reserves to those identified in the council-adopted financial plan. The report also assesses the reasonableness of the financial plan and model in projecting annual costs, and the adequacy of established internal controls to properly manage the financial and contractual aspects of levy-funded Advanced Life Support services. Presented to the Government, Accountability & Oversight Committee September 15, 2009.

Report in pdf Format  (3.64 MB)                One-page Summary (32 KB)


Performance Audit of Transit
Ron Perry, Deputy King County Auditor, Kymber Waltmunson, Principal Management Auditor, Rob McGowan, Principal Management Auditor, Larry Brubaker, Senior Principal Management Auditor, Bob Thomas, Senior Principal Management Auditor, Brian Estes, Senior Principal Management Auditor, Liz DuBois, Principal Management Auditor, Booz Allen Hamilton, Consultant, Nelson Nygaard, Consultant,Courval Scheduling, Consultant, MicroKinetics, Consultant, Matt and Associates, Consultant

The Performance Audit of Transit examined six general areas: financial and capital planning including analysis of trolley replacement options and fare strategies; bus service development; bus operator and transit police staffing; Americans with Disabilities Act paratransit; vehicle maintenance; and ridership data and customer communications during emergencies. This audit focuses on providing information that will result in cost savings and analysis that decision-makers can utilize when making policy decisions. Presented to the Government, Accountability & Oversight Committee September 15, 2009.

Summary Report (1,578 KB)
Technical Report A - Financial & Capital Planning (227 KB)
Technical Report B - Service Development (141 KB)
Technical Report C - Staffing (795 KB)
Technical Report D - Paratransit (283 KB)
Technical Report E - Vehicle Maintenance (100 KB)
Technical Report F - Ridership Data & Emergency Communication (103 KB)
One-Page Summary (32 KB)


Brightwater Project Quarterly Oversight Report
Tina Rogers, Susan Baugh, R.W. Beck

Brightwater project quarterly oversight reports recognize steps the Wastewater Treatment Division is taking to successfully manage the Brightwater Project and deal with the changing construction environment. The reports also respond to the County Council's goal of strengthening the Brightwater Project's performance and independent, expert oversight. The reports are presented to the King County Council Government Accountability and Oversight Committee. For reports published in 2008, click here.

Quarter Ending March 31, 2009  (887 KB)
Quarter Ending June 30, 2009 (432 KB)
Quarter Ending September 30, 2009  (2,819 KB)


Countywide Performance Management Year-end Report for 2008
SMG/Columbia Consulting Group, Performance Management Work Group

Recent council enactments have brought King County closer to reaching the goal of implementing a countywide performance management system. Council actions have been supported by the combined efforts of the county’s elected officials and the Performance Management Work Group. This report reviews a brief history of the work that lead up to the 2008 landmark legislation and recent accomplishments in performance management achieved by King County government. It also highlights some of the next steps in the process to be taken in 2009. Published on February 25, 2009.

Countywide Performance Management Year-end Report for 2008


Data Center Relocation Monthly Oversight Reports
Tina Rogers, Tom Wood

The monthly reports provide a review of the status of scope, schedule, budget, and risk for the Data Center Relocation project. For reports published in 2008, click here.

January 2009 Report (709 KB)
February 2009 Report (804 KB)
March 2009 Report (2 MB)
April 2009 Report (786 MB)
May 2009 Report (581KB)
June 2009 Report (642 KB)
July thru November 2009 (126 KB)


Harborview Ninth and Jefferson Building Project Oversight
Tom Wood

The monthly reports provide independent and expert legislative oversight of the Ninth and Jefferson Building (NJB) Project to ensure that the County Council receives sufficient and timely information on the project scope, schedule and budget, and to promote transparency and public accountability in the development of this $180 million bond-supported building project. For reports published in 2007, click here. For reports published in 2008, click here.

January 2009 Report (234 KB)
February 2009 Report (261 KB)
March 2009 Report (262 KB)
April 2009 Report (321 KB)
May 2009 Report (308)
June 2009 Report (309 KB)
July 2009 Report (303 KB)
August 2009 Report (303 KB)
September 2009 Report (102 KB)
October 2009 Report (101 KB)
November 2009 Report (305 KB)
December 2009 Report (315 KB)


Accountable Business Transformation Program
Tina Rogers, Shelley Sutton, Bob Thomas, Ron Perry

The ABT Program will transform King County’s operations by consolidating and streamlining business processes and by implementing new financial, human resource/payroll, and budget systems for use by all agencies of county government. Implementation of the ABT Program is lead by program staff in the Department of Executive Services. The County Council directed the Capital Projects Oversight Program to conduct oversight on the ABT Program.

1st Quarter 2009 Report (188 KB)
2nd Quarter 2009 Report (220 KB)
3rd Quarter 2009 Report (351 KB)
4th Quarter 2009 Report  (242 KB)