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to the City of Seattle's Office of City Auditor web site. The City Auditor is Seattle's independent auditor, appointed by the City Council to a four-year term of office.

The Office of City Auditor conducts audits of City of Seattle programs, agencies, grantees, and contracts. It also conducts non-audit studies to provide City of Seattle decision makers with timely information.

Feel free to call our office at (206) 233-3801 if you have any questions about our functions or procedures.

2014 Reports

Seattle Office of City Auditor 2013 Annual Report

2013 Reports

April 19, 2013
Centralized Grants Management, April 19, 2013

November 20, 2013
Review of City of Seattle's Civil Rights Enforcement and Outreach, November 20, 2013

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September 30, 2013
Evaluation of Career Bridge: Evaluation Plan, September 30, 2013
Executive Response to Career Bridge Evaluation Plan

September 24, 2013
Seattle Public Utilities: New Water Services (Taps): Internal Controls Review and Fraud Risk Audit, September 24, 2013
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September 20, 2013
City of Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance Evaluation Project: Initial Findings from the Employer Interviews, September 20, 2013

September 3, 2013
Seattle Department of Transportation Operational, Management, and Efficiency Analysis Phase I

Memorandum to Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Mayor Mike McGinn and Director, Seattle Department of Transportation, Peter Hahn

Seattle Department of Transportation's Response to the Report

August 8, 2013
Seattle City Employees' Retirement System (SCERS) Retirement Benefit Calculations, August 8, 2013

August 1, 2013
Evaluation of Career Bridge, Preliminary Report, August 1, 2013
Executive Response to the Preliminary Evaluation of Career Bridge

July 8, 2013
City of Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance Evaluation Project Findings from the Initial Employer Survey

May 30, 2013
Seattle Department of Transportation Issue Identification Paper

April 2, 2013
Office of City Auditor 2012 Annual Report

March 22, 2013
Update of our Review of the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) Logic Model

February 7, 2013
Status Report on Implementation of Office of City Auditor Recommendations as of October 2012

January 31, 2013
Logic Model and Evaluation Strategy for the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI)


Special Presentations

May 2-3, 2011

Conference Materials - Evidence-Based Approaches to Crime Reduction - City of Seattle and George Mason University

July 24, 2013

Presentation on ACE’s: Learn about the stunning link between childhood trauma and adult public health problems

On July 24, 2013, the Office for Education and the Office of City Auditor sponsored a presentation on a significant epidemiological study by the Centers for Disease Control that traces the origins of many adult public health problems to a common source: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

The first research results were published in 1998, followed by 57 other publications through 2011. The research showed that there was a direct link between childhood trauma and adult onset of chronic disease (including heart disease, lung cancer, diabetes and many autoimmune diseases), as well as depression, suicide, being violent, and becoming a victim of violence.

Dr. Laura Porter, Director of ACE Partnerships at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services presented findings from the ACEs study and describe efforts in Washington State to incorporate this research into practice.

Then, Isabel Munoz-Colon from the City of Seattle Office for Education and Sara L. Rigel, from the Seattle and King County Public Health Department described a new pilot program that incorporates learning from the ACEs study into practice in Seattle Public Schools.

Powerpoint presentations:

University of Washington/City of Seattle Research Colloquium
December 7, 2012
12:30 - 2:30 pm City Council Chambers

See flyer for description (pdf)

Recent Awards

2010 Knighton Award presented to Office of City Auditor for Anti-Graffiti Report

2012 Reports

September 19, 2012
City of Seattle Multifamily Tax Exemption Program

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September 7, 2012
Seattle Public Utilities Water Main Extensions:
Internal Controls Review and Fraud Risk Audit

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September 6, 2012
Evidence-Based Assessment of the City of Seattle's Crime Prevention Programs:
Review of Research Literature, George Mason University

What Have We Learned, and What Should We Do Next, Office of City Auditor

Interactive Web Summary Table

June 20, 2012
Seattle Police Department’s In-Car Video Program

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April 2, 2012
2011 Seattle Office of City Auditor Annual Report

January 10, 2012
How Can Seattle Crime Analysis Rise to the Next Level?


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