Whistleblower Program

You have questions about reporting improper governmental action; we have answers.

If you are a state employee who is aware of an improper governmental action, then you have come to the right place.  Improper governmental action can be any of the following:

  • Gross mismanagement
  • Gross waste of public resources
  • Something that violates state or federal law
  • Something that presents a danger to public safety or health—

The Whistleblower program at the State Auditor's Office is charged with investigating claims of improper governmental action. You may be feeling anxious about filing a report, but we can help.

We are committed to protecting your confidentiality.

When we initiate an investigation into your Whistleblower complaint, your identity is kept totally confidential. Even if we don't initiate an investigation, your name is exempt from public disclosure.

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Do you have questions? Call us first. (360)725-5358​

Contact us

We are here to help. Give us a call and we can assist you.

Jim Brownell, Whistleblower Manager                       Cheri Elliott, Lead Whistleblower Investigator

brownelj@sao.wa.gov                                                  elliottc@sao.wa.gov

(360)725-5352                                                           (360)725-5358

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