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Washington, King County Auditor

Performance Audit of King County’s COVID-19 Pandemic Response

The COVID-19 pandemic had wide-ranging impacts within King County. County leaders and staff worked hard to shift practices to meet the needs of the changing environment. Our analysis and survey results indicate that employee experience and confidence in safety measures varied across the county, potentially indicating increased exposure risk for some employees.
Washington State Auditor

Fraud Investigation Report: Employment Security Department

This report contains the results of our investigation of the illegitimate unemployment claims and payments at the Department from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. The purpose of our investigation was to determine if a misappropriation had occurred and to provide the Department with recommendations to improve internal controls.
Washington State Auditor

Washington's Unemployment Benefit Programs in 2020: Understanding Improper Payments and Service Delays During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The novel coronavirus quickly became a global pandemic in 2020. In March 2020, Congress passed the CARES Act to help provide support for those affected by the pandemic. Washington’s Employment Security Department administers the state’s unemployment compensation program. From early in the pandemic, news organizations reported on customer service delays and fraud in Washington’s Unemployment Insurance program. Th is audit examines the scope of and reasons behind substantial fraud and customer service delays in the state’s unemployment benefits program during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Washington State Auditor

Accountability Audit Report: Employment Security Department

Based on our risk assessment for the years ended June 30, 2020, 2019 and 2018, the areas examined were those representing the highest risk of fraud, loss, abuse, or noncompliance. We examined the following areas during this audit period. Accounts payable – general disbursements and electronic funds transfers, Payroll – gross wages and overtime, Paid family and medical leave – billing and compliance with eligibility, Procurement – information technology contracts and change orders.
Washington State Auditor

Financial Statements Audit Report - State of Washington

State management is responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining internal controls to ensure the financial statements are fairly presented, and to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and to prevent and detect fraud. We identified deficiencies in internal controls at the Employment Security Department (ESD) that adversely affected the State’s ability to prevent and detect fraud.
Washington State Auditor

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

In accordance with Revised Code of Washington 43.88.027, the Office of Financial Management has prepared this Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) of the state of Washington for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020.
Washington State, Port of Seattle Internal Audit

Operational Audit: Public Health Emergency Leave Program

The objective of the audit was to determine whether the use of Public Health Emergency Leave aligned with Port policy. In order to achieve this objective, Internal Audit utilized a risk-based approach, selected a sample of individuals who took Public Health Emergency Leave.
Washington, King County Auditor

Pandemic Response: Three Scenarios Projecting Furlough Cost Savings

This report is the second in a series of savings-focused best practice reviews to be conducted by the Auditor’s Office. We conducted this analysis to illustrate some of the potential furlough options policymakers have when making decisions about how to reduce the County’s costs. Individual departments could also implement these types of furlough structures for their employees. We are not making recommendations at this time.
Washington State Auditor

Unemployment Tax and Benefits (UTAB) System: Administered by the Employment Security Department

This report describes the overall results and conclusions for the areas we examined related to the Unemployment Tax and Benefits (UTAB) system’s application and general information technology (IT) controls. In most of the areas we examined, controls were not adequately designed and implemented to provide reasonable assurance of complete, accurate, secure and available data.
Washington, King County Auditor

Pandemic Response: Shift to Long-Term Remote Work Creates Opportunities for Benefits but Requires More Planning to Mitigate Risk

This report is a review of risks and possible mitigation strategies related to remote work decisions. The office has not yet completed its assessment of the County’s transitions to remote work and are not yet making recommendations because of the evolving nature of these decisions. However, when the office’s assessment is complete, it will use the information in this document as a starting point for making recommendations in the future.