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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 
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Fax: 206-296-0159

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2011 Reports

Transit Service Guidelines Audit Follow-up
Thomas, Waltmunson

The management letter provides the results of the King County Auditor’s Office review of Transit’s response to our 2009 performance audit recommendation to develop and implement service guidelines. Issued on December 19, 2011.

Management Letter (112 KB)


Review of DAJD Evaluation of Intake, Transfer and Release Operations
Bob Thomas 

This memorandum provides the results of our review of the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention's (DAJD) response to a 2011 budget proviso directing the department to conduct a review of its intake, transfer and release (ITR) operation. Released on December 9, 2011.

Management Letter (179 KB)


Follow-up of 2009 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Levy Financial and Compliance Audit Recommendations 
Susan Baugh

This follow-up management letter describes the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division’s progress in implementing the seven recommendations presented in the Auditor’s Office 2009 EMS Levy Financial and Compliance Audit, which was published on September 21, 2010. This management letter was issued on December 2, 2011.

Management Letter  (259 KB)


Special Study of FMD's Management of Project Delivery
Tina Rogers, Brian Estes

The study provides a high-level review of the Facility Management Division's capital project delivery on maintenance, rehabilitation, and parks projects. Issued on November 17, 2011.

Report in pdf Format  (838 KB)


Brightwater Project Oversight
Tina Rogers, SAIC Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, LLC

The Brightwater wastewater treatment system is being constructed to meet the capacity needs outlined in the Regional Wastewater Services Plan. The new treatment plant is designed to provide 36-million gallons per day capacity with membrane bioreactor secondary treatment systems, Class B biosolids and reclaimed water production. The conveyance system includes an influent pump station and 14 miles of large diameter tunnel connecting the plant near SR522 and SR9 to a marine outfall. The Wastewater Treatment Division is managing multiple contracts nearing the end of the construction phase or in close-out.

Quarter Ending December 31, 2011  (1.04 MB)
Quarter Ending September 30, 2011  (1.06 MB)
Quarter Ending June 30, 2011  (571 KB)


South Regional Roads Maintenance Facility Project Oversight Report
Tom Wood, Tina Rogers 

The report provides oversight of the preliminary design phase of this estimated $25 million project to construct a new consolidated road maintenance facility on county-owned property near Ravensdale. Released October 21, 2011.

Report in pdf Format  (54 KB)


Follow-up of 2008 Facilities Management Division (FMD) Capital Programming and Planning Performance Audit Recommendations
Susan Baugh, Brian Estes

This management letter reviews the status of FMD’s progress in implementation the 2008 FMD Capital Programming and Planning Performance Audit recommendations. In summary, we determined that FMD made substantial progress in developing the framework and tools necessary to strengthen capital project programming and planning. Released September 27, 2011.

Management Letter   (499 KB)


King County Sheriff's Office Performance Audit
Larry Brubaker, Cindy Drake, Elizabeth DuBois

The purpose of the audit was to review the operations of the Sheriff's office with an emphasis on identifying efficiencies and cost savings. Presented September 20, 2011.

Report in pdf Format (1,818 KB) Report Summary (69 KB)


2010 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Levy Financial and Compliance Audit
Ron Perry, Susan Baugh, Brian Estes

The audit reviews EMS Levy fund’s annual revenues, expenditures, and use of designated reserves that are identified in the council-adopted 2010 EMS Levy financial plan. The audit also assesses the cost of EMS dispatch services provided primarily by two independently operated dispatch agencies, and determines whether the 2010 dispatch fee schedules are based on an acceptable methodology. In addition, the audit confirms whether the annual dispatch cost increases can be funded by the EMS Levy for the duration of the six-year cycle. Presented September 7, 2011.

Report in pdf Format (2,608 KB)            Report Summary (65 KB)


Performance Audit of Solid Waste Transfer Station Capital Projects
Rob McGowan, Bob Thomas, Kymber Waltmunson

The purpose of this performance audit was to assess whether the rate proposal submitted by King County’s Solid Waste Division (SWD) of the Department of Natural Resources and Parks would be feasible within a sustainable financial plan, and to evaluate the cost effectiveness of the transfer station capital improvement projects which directly influences disposal rates.The objectives of the performance audit include 1) evaluate the adequacy of the Solid Waste Division’s (SWD) rate model and sub-models, and the relationship of the rate proposal to the development of a sustainable financial plan. Second, we evaluated the cost effectiveness of the Bow Lake, Factoria, northeast King County, and south King County transfer station projects. Presented September 7, 2011.

Report in pdf Format (774 KB)


Capital Project Prioritization Criteria Special Study
Tom Wood, Tina Rogers

The County Council requested the King County Auditor's Office to identify criteria that could be used to prioritize projects across all county capital improvement programs.  This study involved researching the criteria currently used by county agencies and the capital project decision-making practices recommended by professional organizations or used by peer governments.  The criteria drafted show alignment with the goals of the 2010-2014 King County Strategic Plan and could serve as a starting point, should policy-makers choose to pursue changes to the County's current prioritization approach. Report dated August 24, 2011.

Report in pdf Format  (54 KB) 


Accountable Business Transformation Program
Tina Rogers, Shelley Sutton, 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 2011 Report  (390 KB)
2nd Quarter 2011 Report  (446 KB)
3rd Quarter 2011 Report (400 KB)
4th Quarter 2011 Report  (244 KB)


Brightwater Project Oversight
Tina Rogers, SAIC (consultant)

The Brightwater wastewater treatment system is being constructed to meet the capacity needs outlined in the Regional Wastewater Services Plan. The new treatment plant is designed to provide 36-million gallons per day capacity with membrane bioreactor secondary treatment systems, Class B biosolids and reclaimed water production. The conveyance system includes an influent pump station and 13 miles of large diameter tunnel connecting the plant near SR522 and SR9 to a marine outfall. The Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) is the implementing agency. It is currently in the construction phase with multiple contracts using GC/CM, Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, and Cost-Reimbursable Fixed-Fee delivery methods. The 2011 Trend Report was presented on July 19, 2011.

2011 Trend Report  (947 KB)


Audit Follow-up on 2009 Performance Audits of King County Animal Care and Control
Valerie Whitener

The memo includes a follow-up to two 2009 performance audits. One reviewed King County Animal Care and Control (KCACC), and the other was an assessment and analysis of KCACC's euthanasia practices. Released on July 13, 2011.

Memorandum  (578 KB)


Follow-up of 2006 King County Sheriff's Office Misconduct and Use of Force Complaints
Susan Baugh 

The management letter updates our 2006 King County Sheriff's Office misconduct and use of force complaints analysis. Presented June 21, 2011.

Management Letter (398 KB)


2009 Audit Findings of the Washington State Auditor's Office
Brian Estes

The memo discusses our review of recent Washington State Auditor's Office audit reports issued for King County, the Water Quality Enterprise, and the Public Transportation Enterprise. Issued June 2, 2011.

Management Letter  (643 KB)


Final Oversight Report on Data Center Relocation Project
Tom Wood, Tina Rogers

This report provides a final assessment of the Data Center Relocation Project (Data Center or project), which relocated King County’s primary data center from leased space in the Seattle Municipal Tower (SMT) to leased space in the Sabey Data Center in Tukwila. The project was completed in September 2010. In addition to assessing the final scope, schedule, and budget results, this report summarizes project lessons learned based on feedback from major stakeholders, the project team, and data center customers. Presented May 18, 2011.

Report in pdf Format (474 KB)


Facilities Management Division Custodial Services Performance Audit
Cindy Drake, Larry Brubaker, Brian Estes

The audit objective was to evaluate whether Custodial Services' staffing and supervision practices manage staffing resources efficiently and promote effectiveness, consistency, accountability, and customer satisfaction. Presented April 19, 2011.

Report in pdf Format
(1,189 KB)  Report Summary (64 KB)


Follow-up on Implementation of Recommendations from 2009 Performance Audit of Transit
Kymber Waltmunson

The management letter provides the results of a follow-up review of our 2009 Performance Audit of Transit. Released April 19, 2011.

Management Letter  (60 KB)


Assessment of the Wastewater Treatment Division’s Productivity Initiative Pilot Program
Brian Estes, FCS GROUP(Consultant)

An independent review of the Wastewater Treatment Division's Productivity Initiative Pilot Program was authorized by the County Council by passing Ordinance 14941. FCS GROUP performed this independent review of the operational component of the initiative under the direction of the King County Auditor’s Office. Presented March 15, 2011.

Report in pdf Format (920 KB)  Report Summary (69 KB)


Final Oversight Report on Ninth and Jefferson Building Project
Tom Woods, Tina Rogers

The Ninth and Jefferson Building was built to provide expansion space and upgrade outmoded facilities at the Harborview Medical Center. Our assessment is that the public-private partnership project to deliver Ninth and Jefferson was successful, offering valuable lessons learned for similar county capital projects in the future. Released February 10, 2011.

Final Report (345 KB)


Follow-up on Implementation of Recommendations from 2007 Performance Audit of Jail Health Services' Pharmacy Operations and Medication Administration
Valerie Whitener

The management letter provides the results of our follow-up review of our 2007 Jail Health Services' Pharmacy Operations and Medication Administration performance audit. Presented February 1, 2011.

Management Letter (291 KB)


Traffic Enforcement Performance Measures
Larry Brubaker

This memorandum summarizes the results of the auditor's office review of traffic enforcement performance measures. Presented January 18, 2011.

Memorandum (318 KB)