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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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2012 Reports

Follow-up on 2005 Workers' Compensation Performance Audit
Larry Brubaker, Kymber Waltmunson

This memorandum reviews trends in workers' compensation claims at King County Transit as a follow-up to the 2005 Workers’ Compensation Performance Audit. Released on December 28, 2012.

Report (421 KB)


Follow-up on the Implementation of 2010 EMS Levy Financial and Compliance Audit Recommendations
Susan Baugh, Laina Poon

This management letter describes a follow up review of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division’s progress in implementing the recommendations of the 2010 EMS Levy Financial and Compliance Audit. We make a new recommendation that all recommendations be implemented by the end of 2013. Released on December 7, 2012.

Management Letter  (128 KB)


Performance Audit of Combined Sewer Overflow Program
Anderson, Brubaker, Thomas, Waltmunson

The general audit conclusion was that the Wastewater Treatment Division’s planning process for the CSO Program is professional and thorough, but opportunities exist for improving the cost-effectiveness of the Program. These opportunities include:

• Improving how life cycle cost analysis is used to select projects;
• Using rate incentives to reduce the volume of stormwater entering the sewer system;
• Enhancing planning for green stormwater infrastructure; and
• Considering project cost-effectiveness when sequencing projects.

The report includes 10 recommendations that could potentially improve the cost-effectiveness of the CSO Program. Presented on October 1, 2012.

Final Report (1.86 MB)
Report Summary (198 KB)


Accountable Business Transformation (ABT) Program Oversight Final Report
Tina Rogers, Shelley Sutton, Ron Perry

The purpose of this report is to provide a final assessment of the Accountable Business Transformation (ABT) Program, which recently accomplished the countywide implementation of four new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. Released on September 25, 2012.

Final Report (641 KB)



Financial Review & Compliance Audit of the 2011 Emergency Medical Services Levy
Susan Baugh, Laina Poon

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division’s implementation of the 2011 EMS Levy and financial plan was in compliance with the Council-adopted policies. The EMS Division managed the levy resources effectively to provide full funding for advanced life support (ALS) services and continued funding of all four EMS programs for the duration of the current levy. In addition, the EMS Division and regional partners have managed their respective EMS programs efficiently to carry forward significant savings for the 2014 to 2019 EMS Levy cycle while maintaining excellence in the quality of EMS services. Presented September 19, 2012.

Final Report (187 KB)
Report Summary (183 KB)


Performance Audit of King County's Investment in Information Technology
Brian Estes, Ben Thompson, Kymber Waltmunson

The primary objectives of the audit were to evaluate the extent to which the County optimizes technology resources and leverages results, which are transparent, accountable, and aligned with best practices. Presented on September 11, 2012.

Final Report (5.25 MB)
Report Summary (152.13 KB)


Performance Audit of King County Sheriff’s Office and Office of Law Enforcement Oversight
Susan Baugh, Justin Anderson, Ron Perry

Conducted in conjunction with a national law enforcement consulting firm, Hillard Heintze LLC, this audit evaluated the Sheriff’s Office Internal Investigations Unit and assessed the effectiveness of the county’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight. This audit also included a review of best practices for managing citizen-initiated and internally-generated police misconduct and use of force complaints, and it made 16 recommendations. The Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight agreed with the recommendations. Presented July 24, 2012. 

Hillard Heintze, LLC also prepared a separate report on the same subjects. See link below.

Final Report (4.30 MB)
Hillard Heintze Report (73.5 MB) 



2010 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 Transportation Enterprise Funds. Issued July 18, 2012. 

Management Letter (170 KB)



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

This is the final oversight report for the South Regional Road Maintenance Facility project. Issued July 12, 2012.

Final Report (171 KB)

2011 Performance Management Work Group Highlights
Cheryle Broom, Chantal Stevens

This memorandum highlights issues reviewed by the countywide Performance Management Work Group in 2011. Presented on July 10, 2012.

Memorandum (149 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 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. The County Council directed the Capital Projects Oversight Program to conduct oversight on Brightwater. 

2012 Trend Report (820 KB) *presented June 26, 2012
Quarters Ending March 31 and June 30, 2012 (1.2 MB) *issued August 24, 2012


Follow-up of the Performance Audit of Solid Waste Transfer Station Capital Projects
Bob Thomas, Brian Estes

The management letter reviews the status of Solid Waste Division’s (SWD) progress in implementing the recommendations from the 2011 Performance Audit of Solid Waste Transfer Station Capital Projects. In summary, we determined that SWD has made substantial progress in implementing the recommendations, and that there may be opportunities, in addition to the substantial efforts already made, to reduce the costs of the remaining planned transfer stations. Issued June 25, 2012

Management Letter (169 KB)


Review of Capital Project Risk Scoring and Requirements for Closer Scrutiny and Mandatory Phased Appropriations
Laina Poon, Larry Brubaker

The review (mandated by Ordinance 16764) provides an evaluation of the risk scoring tool and requirements for projects selected for closer scrutiny and mandatory phased appropriations. Issued April 12, 2012.

Management Letter  (558 KB)