State Government : Performance Audit

New performance audit look at contracts for vendor-hosted IT applications

The audit looked closely at IT security assurances included in a selection of state contracts for information technology (IT) applications the state procures from third-party vendors to support critical state functions. Most state agencies use contract management practices that fall short of what is needed help ensure vendors are using strong cybersecurity. The reasons are in part because they need better support in the form of clear guidance, standards and draft language to use in their contracts. Even with good IT security in place, incidents and security breaches can still happen. The audit also examined contractual provisions selected state agencies have included in vendor contracts to protect the state in case of a data breach. It made a series of recommendations to improve the guidance and support given to state agencies, and suggested leading practices that agencies can use as they develop and monitor contracts in the future.

Recent audit looked at accountability and opportunities in Washington charter schools

The audit examined whether the state's charter schools have the foundations in place to ensure they are accountable to the public. This includes whether the schools have enrolled the types of students identified in their charters, complied with certain state and federal requirements, and have appropriate performance frameworks. Results were mixed, which was unsurprising given the newness of the charter school system in this state. That newness also kept our Office from addressing the question of how effective these schools are at teaching students. That is a question that should be addressed as the system matures and accumulates more years of data.

Recent audit examined alignment of licensing fees and costs
for healthcare professionals

To ensure the public is protected and served by competent and qualified healthcare professionals, the Health Services Quality Assurance Division at the Department of Health (DOH) licenses and disciplines more than 400,000 healthcare professionals. This performance audit asked whether DOH has set licensing fees for these professions to reflect the costs of licensing them. Auditors found 77 percent of the healthcare professions pay licensing fees that are significantly higher or lower than necessary to meet these requirements. Professions with fees that are too low have outweighed those that have fees that are too high, causing total reserves for the Health Professions Account to decline from $25.3 million to $9.3 million over just the last biennium. The audit recommended DOH create clear policies and processes to set licensing fees at an adequate level.   

​​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.

We have now published more than 100 performance audit reports. 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.

 
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