SAO passes peer review with flying colors

Sep 19, 2019

The Office of the Washington State Auditor recently passed its external peer review, which is a rigorous independent examination of the Office's work conducted every three years.

SAO is proud to have passed all of its peer reviews.

“The national peer review team affirmed the excellent work our auditors do on the public's behalf,” Auditor Pat McCarthy said. “As independent auditors, we understand the value of an objective, outside review. And we are proud to advance the cause of government transparency by sharing these results publicly.”

The National State Auditors Association (NSAA) performs the reviews. Peer review team members were expert auditors from Georgia, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Mississippi, Illinois, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General.

Members of 2019 peer review team from National State Auditors Association

The team spent almost two weeks in early September at SAO's Olympia offices, analyzing our policies, practices and staff qualifications, and performing a highly detailed review of 28 financial, attestation, performance and single audits. These audits represented a cross-section of the work we do under professional audit standards.

Find the most recent peer review here.

Previous peer reviews can be found here.