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The King County Auditor’s Office was created by charter in 1969 as an independent agency within the legislative branch of county government. The office conducts oversight of county government through independent audits, capital projects oversight, and other studies. The results of this work are presented to the Metropolitan King County Council and are communicated to the King County Executive and the public. The King County Auditor’s Office performs its work in accordance with Government Auditing Standards.

PROJECT NAME FOCUS
Law Enforcement

Jail Use of Force

Evaluate use of force in the jails.

Sexual Assault Investigations

Evaluate Sheriff’s Office investigation of sexual assault cases.

Sheriff and Jail Workforce Planning

Evaluate how ready the Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention are to handle hiring, recruitment, and other workforce challenges.

Transit

Transit Community Connections Program

Evaluate Transit’s Community Connections program that provides transit to communities outside of the core network.

Transit Cybersecurity

Assess Transit’s protection of its IT systems and technology-based processes.

General

Contracting with Women and Minority-Owned Businesses

Identify lessons learned and other means to enhance Transit’s integration of upcoming expanded Light Rail service into its service planning process.

Courthouse Security

Evaluate training in the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Cybersecurity

Evaluate performance under Goal Area 5 of the Strategic Climate Action Plan.

Government Relations

Evaluate Transit’s management of its real estate portfolio, both in terms of property management and acquisition.

Medical Examiner’s Office

Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Office of Labor Relations

Evaluate the Office of Labor Relations’ policies and processes for negotiations.

PeopleSoft

Evaluate PeopleSoft with an emphasis on reducing the risk of incorrect payments.

Follow-up of Past Recommendations

Enhance accountability by following up on more than 200 audit recommendations to drive performance improvement. Capital Projects
PROJECT NAME FOCUS
Analysis of Capital Project Alternatives

Evaluate the effectiveness of alternatives analyses on large capital projects.

Capital Program Oversight

Monitor Facilities Management, Parks, Solid Waste, Transit, and Wastewater capital programs for key risks. Potentially select high-risk projects within one or more programs for oversight.

Children and Family Justice Center Project (CFJC)

Continue to oversee Facilities Management’s CFJC project.

Courthouse Projects

Continue to oversee projects in the King County Courthouse.

Georgetown Project

Continue to oversee Wastewater Treatment Division’s Georgetown project.

Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network Project (PSERN)

Continue to oversee King County Information Technology’s PSERN project.

Readiness to Deliver on Capital Commitments Evaluate how ready divisions and departments are to execute capital programs and projects.
Risk Scoring Consult during annual risk scoring process to score and select capital projects for mandatory phased appropriation.
South County Recycling and Transfer Station Project Oversee Solid Waste’s South County Recycling and Transfer Station project.
Transit South Campus Capital Projects Oversee Transit’s projects to expand South Base campus.
West Point Follow-Up In response to KCC Ordinance 18628, follow up on recommendations made to Wastewater Treatment Division about the West Point Treatment facility.
Follow-Up of Past Recommendations Enhance accountability by following up on capital projects oversight recommendations to drive performance improvement.
PROJECT NAME FOCUS
Criminal Justice Efficiencies

Evaluate King County’s cross-agency efforts to improve delivery of criminal justice services including alternatives to incarceration.

Department of Local Services

Assess the Department of Local Services’ customer service, efficiency, and effectiveness.

Emerging Issues in Law Enforcement

Monitor law enforcement issues in King County. The Auditor may select high-risk or emerging areas of interest for evaluation.

Emerging Issues in Transit

Monitor transit issues in King County. The Auditor may select high-risk or emerging areas of interest for evaluation.

Facilities Management Operations

Assess the extent to which the Facilities Management Division provides efficient and effective services for internal county customers.

Integration of Expanding Light Rail Service into Transit Planning

Identify lessons learned and other means to enhance Transit’s integration of upcoming expanded Light Rail service into its service planning process.

King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Training Evaluate training in the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Strategic Climate Action Plan: Forest and Agriculture Evaluate performance under Goal Area 5 of the Strategic Climate Action Plan.
Transit Real Estate Management Evaluate Transit’s management of its real estate portfolio, both in terms of property management and acquisition.