The Office of the City Auditor is part of the legislative branch of government, along with the City Council. One of the cornerstone responsibilities of any legislature is oversight of the delivery of executive services, and performance auditing is one of the strongest tools the Council has to ensure that accountability. My office has requested several audits over the last several months, and as they are completed I look forward to sharing the results in future updates.
Every audit comes with recommendations to improve the efficacy and efficiency of government operations. The Auditor releases compliance with these recommendations in publicly available annual reports, and while this is an indispensable service, it can make it hard to sift through such a large body of work sprawling across hundreds of programs and dozens of departments. You can check out the most recent annual report here.
Fortunately, navigating audit recommendations is now easier than ever with a new public dashboard! This new resource allows you to search compliance with audit recommendations going all the way back to 2007. You can find the dashboard on the bottom of the Office of the City Auditor’s recommendations page. For full functionality, click on the expander icon on the lower right hand of the dashboard.
I want Seattle to be the best run municipality in the country. The path to that goal runs through cultivating a culture of feedback and accountability that is only possible with a well-resourced audit function. This budget season I will be bringing a proposal along with several of my colleagues to increase our investment in the Office of the City Auditor to make that vision a reality.
Auditor David Jones and his team have done incredible work to improve Seattle government. I hope you take a moment to examine some of that good work via this new tool to view accountable government in action.