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Rooted in Good Government

Increasing public trust in government has never been more difficult, but has also never been more important. The COVID-19 pandemic presents the perfect opportunity to reflect on core services — how we do what we do and why.

The Office of the Washington State Auditor plays a critical role in helping to increase public trust in government. Showing citizens how governments use public resources is one of our core functions; when mismanagement occurs, the public needs to know. But our job doesn’t stop there. We also support governments with resources so they can operate more effectively and efficiently.

With one audit, one resource, and one success story at a time, we sow the seeds of good government.

Want to learn more about what we do and how we help local and state governments? Our mission is to provide independent and transparent examinations of how your government body use public funds – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s how we do that.

Looking for legislative content and our agency request bill? Head over to the Legislative Priorities webpage to learn about high-interest topics, legislation and more.

Looking for resources on accounting for reporting and auditing relief funds? Our new COVID-19 Guidance Toolkit is designed to help your government better navigate through the turbulent pandemic waters.

Learn more about how we keep local and state governments transparent and accountable especially during COVID-19

Our mission is to provide Washingtonians independent and transparent examinations of how state and local governments use public funds, and to develop strategies to make government more efficient and effect. Even during a global pandemic? Especially during a global pandemic. Follow through “Anatomy of an audit” to find out the process of auditing governments, and learn about the change we’ve pioneered with our new report type, “Unauditables.”

Our work and services extend beyond auditing

When you hear “Washington State Auditor,” we’re sure the first thing that comes to mind is, well, auditing. Maybe even tax audits. But our work is different – and deeper – than that. Our Center for Government Innovation is an SAO team that is solely dedicated to helping local governments help the people they serve by creating resources, trainings and tools based on research and feedback. Take a look!

Here’s what we’re working on

The significant influx of federal money distributed through local and state governments to address the COVID-19 pandemic will be a central focus of our auditing efforts for several years to come. This year, our performance audit team has its hands full with in-progress reports of the Washington State Patrol’s tracking system and testing backlog for sexual assault kits, as well as an audit of Washington’s Prescription Monitoring Program.

Who are we? #WeAreSAO

Get to know us! We have more than 350 auditors who help keep public dollars accounted for through their work. We share lots about who we are and what we do on social media, using the hashtag #WeAreSAO. Looking to join the team? Check out our openings.