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Three small governments declared unauditable; final 2020 tally released

Today, the Office of the Washington State Auditor issued reports declaring three small local governments unauditable, bringing the total of such reports to seven for 2020.

December 28, 2020
Three small Washington governments declared unauditable

Today, the Office of the Washington State Auditor declared three small local governments unauditable, placing them on the path for possible dissolution. Each of the governments had gone for years without either filing its annual financial reports or cooperating with independent audits, both of which are required by law.

October 29, 2020
Guide to unauditable governments: October 2020 update

Since first reporting on about 40 unauditable governments in May 2019, the number of unauditable governments has been cut by more than two-thirds. As of October 2020, only 11 governments have not submitted financial information by their final opportunity to do so. Learn more by viewing this interactive infographic.

October 29, 2020
Most Unauditable Governments Now Accountable

State Auditor Pat McCarthy is pleased to announce that dozens of governments deemed unauditable last year have taken steps to comply with state accountability laws, leading to today’s publication of completed audits of two governments that had gone without outside review for years.

August 17, 2020
Guide to Unauditable Governments: August 2020 update

Since first reporting on about 40 unauditable governments in May 2019, the number of unauditable governments has been cut by about two-thirds. As of August 2020, only 15 governments have not submitted financial information by their final opportunity to do so. Learn more by viewing this interactive infographic.

August 17, 2020
Some governments move off unauditable list

In response to legislative interest in addressing unauditable governments, the State Auditor’s Office recently updated the status of this small group of noncompliant districts.

January 21, 2020
Guide to Unauditable Governments in Washington infographic

State laws require local governments to be audited by our Office and for them to submit annual financial reports, yet every year many governments do not meet these obligations. Failure to be audited and provide annual financial reports keeps the public in the dark about how public money is being used, and impairs the decision making of management and elected officials.

May 23, 2019
A Message from State Auditor Pat McCarthy

State Auditor Pat McCarthy discusses how the Auditor’s Office has been working to maintain and even increase government accountability during the coronavirus pandemic.

September 18, 2020
Loss of funds at economic development association underscores need for audits

The Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association resisted audits for years, lost public funds and lacked even basic financial documentation since its inception, the Office of the Washington State Auditor found in two reports issued today.

May 14, 2020
Auditor’s Office issues fraud report regarding troubled King County drainage district, calls for public engagement in government accountability

Today the Office of the Washington State Auditor released a pair of reports regarding King County Drainage District 5: a fraud investigation and a new type of report identifying the district as “unauditable.”
The Office also published an online guide to more than 35 other small local governments that have failed to file any public financial information for years, rendering them unauditable.

May 22, 2019