State Government : Performance Audit

​​​​New study examines costs to educate medical students in Washington

At the Legislature’s direction, our performance audit team examined the costs of medical education at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine and the projected costs at Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

We looked at the total cost of educating a medical student at both schools – not how much a student pays to attend medical school – and whether state or resident tuition funds subsidize students from other states. The audit does not compare costs between the two medical schools because differences in programs, including the number of students and the length of time in operation, affect the cost of a medical education. Read the full report (pdf, 3 mb). View additional materials here.

  • This report marks the publication of our 100th performance audit report. Click to view a list of all Performance Audit division reports including those published from 2007 onwards. Use the "search text" box on that page to find specific topics within that list.

Other recent performance audits looked at Correctional Industries and the Regulatory Fairness Act

The Correctional Industries (CI) program is a work-training program that strives to teach inmates marketable job skills. Our performance audit found that while CI seeks to maintain and expand its work training programs, it has had challenges expanding existing industries and planning for new ones; we recommended four leading practices that could help CI strengthen its planning and programming development, such as establishing a formal, agency-wide business planning policy and improving processes for gaining customer feedback.  Read the full report (pdf, 1.1 mb).  Read the two-page summary (pdf, 97 kb).

The fourth report (pdf, 1.2 mb) in a series exploring aspects of regulatory reform offered suggestions to help agencies meet the requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act, a law designed to help mitigate any disproportionate costs of regulation on small businesses. We also identified materials (listed below) that can help agencies meet all the Act's requirements.  Read the two-page summary (pdf, 198 kb).

​​Performance audits work to improve service to the public

We provide the public and state leaders with independent, objective evaluations of the effectiveness, economy and efficiency of public services, at both the state and the local level. We publish a report setting out the actions agencies take to implement our recommendations.


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