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Few ballots rejected, but rejection rates vary by county, gender and race, performance audit finds

February 1, 2022

In the counties reviewed, election officials followed the law in determining whether to reject a ballot. However, the likelihood that a voter’s ballot will be rejected varied greatly by county. And ballots cast by some demographic groups – including younger voters, male voters, and those belonging to certain racial and ethnic groups – have higher rejection rates than others.

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Cybersecurity Special Report 2022: Keeping an independent eye on government IT security

January 27, 2022

The State Auditor’s Office plays a unique role in keeping an independent eye on government IT security. We work with state and local governments to help improve their cybersecurity programs through audits and outreach activities. We’ve created a special report giving a short overview of our work and findings in the area of cybersecurity. It offers legislators, the public and government leaders information they need to help ensure our state’s critical IT systems and data remain protected.

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Washington State Auditor’s Office issues first workplace culture audit

September 13, 2021

Today the Office of the Washington State Auditor released a first-of-its-kind performance audit in the state: an in-depth review of a large state agency’s workplace culture. The audit of the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) is also one of the first of its kind in the nation to use the tools of government performance auditing to examine how work environment affects an agency’s ability to fulfill its mission.

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Recent GAO report underscores the need for cybersecurity auditing

October 10, 2018

The federal counterpart to the Office of the Washington State Auditor, the Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on Tuesday demonstrating the vitally important role of cybersecurity auditing in the information age. Vulnerabilities in government systems can be exploited by criminals looking to harm the public, as detailed in the GAO’s audit findings.

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