State Government

​The State Auditor's Office is responsible for performing audits at the state government level. We conduct a range of audits, including financial audits, federal assistance audits (also called "single audits") and performance audits. Our website has resources to assist state agencies as they conduct business and prepare for audits.

We also conduct accountability audits at each state agency on a cyclical basis. These audits examine internal controls and compliance with state laws, rules, regulations and policies. In addition, we conduct audits to verify state agency compliance with IT security standards.

Finally, we are responsible for two important annual audits, described below.

The state's financial condition is addressed in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)

The State Auditor's report on the state's financial condition is published every year by the Office of Financial Management. The CAFR is a long, complex document that covers detailed information on the state's structure, services and finances, as well as trends and nonfinancial data.

  1. Read our 2016 summary report (pdf, 167kb)
  2. Explore the full report on the Office of Financial Management website
  3. View earlier summaries

State agencies' use of federal grants is covered in the State of Washington Single Audit Report (SWSA)

The State Auditor reports on how state agencies have managed the federal grants they receive; it is published annually by the Office of Financial Management. It is an important audit: During fiscal year 2015, the state received more than $17 billion in cash and other federal assistance, such as food for school children and vaccines for at-risk or low-income people. We audited 31 programs, administered by 14 state agencies, that received
$12.3 billion – about 72 percent of all federal dollars the state received.

  1. Read our 2015 summary report (pdf, 333kb)
  2. Explore the full report on the Office of Financial Management website
  3. View earlier summaries
Learn more about state government audit services
The State Auditor's Office has prepared a short, web-based presentation that desc​ribes our role and responsibility in auditing and investigating state government agencies (eLearning, runs 13:00).


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