Awards

NALGA logo imageThe Knighton Award is given by the Association of Local Government Auditors. It recognizes the best performance audit reports of the preceding year. Awards are presented according to the size of the audit shop. Seattle's audit office is considered a "medium shop," and has been a recipient of this peer-reviewed honor for the audits listed below.

Association of Local Government Auditors Knighton Award
2015 Distinguished
Audit of the Seattle Police Department's Public Disclosure Process

We received the Distinguished award for our Audit of the Seattle Police Department's Public Disclosure Process due to its methodology, impact, and format. The judges noted that the audit team used a broad set of research methods, including quantitative analysis, interviews, and shadowing of employees. As a result, the report provided a solid basis for recommendations that were clear, specific, and feasible. The judges concluded that the audit has the potential for significant impact at multiple levels: it could lead to improvements in the Seattle Police Department, address financial risks to the City of Seattle, and is relevant to other governments seeking to address police and transparency issues. The judges also found the report easy to read because of its modern look and logical, message-oriented organization.

Association of Local Government Auditors Knighton Award
2014 Exemplary
Seattle's Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance Enforcement Audit

We received the Exemplary award for our Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Enforcement audit. The audit's objective was to assess the effectiveness of Seattle's enforcement of its Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance. In making the award, the judges provided the following comments: "Both the paid sick time ordinance itself and the audit objective/scope are significantly impactful, as they affect a large segment of Seattle's workers and employers, and especially those workers who were potentially wronged by their employers... The audit found significant issues with the enforcement approach: it was ineffective, for example, when groups of employees (not just individual employees) were denied their paid sick time or when retaliation concerns were involved. The audit notes that enforcement actions did not always result in back-pay to the affected workers. The non-adversarial advisory letter process did not lead to formal investigations, appropriate follow-up with complainants, or evidence of company-wide compliance."

Association of Local Government Auditors Knighton Award
2010 Bronze
Anti-Graffiti Efforts: Best Practices and Recommendations

We received the Bronze award for our Anti-Graffiti Efforts: Best Practices and Recommendations audit. The judges commented that the report's potential for impact was elevated when it connected the level of graffiti with higher rates of crime. This was a very solid report with good information and thorough criteria. The report effectively used peers for best practices and had good use of surveys and focus groups. The auditors conducted a physical inventory of graffiti and graphically presented the information by location and what gets tagged. The combined use of data, maps, survey results, and best practices was a comprehensive way to address the audit topic. It was innovative how the report included the additional costs and potential benefits related to each recommendation made, which addressed all the issues identified. The report was clear and easy to read, and was very good overall.

Association of Local Government Auditors Knighton Award
2007 Silver
Seattle Indigent Public Defense Services

We received the Silver award for our Seattle Indigent Public Defense Services audit, which the judges referred to as a "well-written audit report dealing with a unique subject area." The awards committee found the audit innovative in its approach and persuasive in its recommendations. The audit noted improvements that were needed in 17 of the 19 areas that were analyzed, resulting in 36 recommendations. Due to the persuasiveness of the audit, the auditees agreed with and were implementing almost all of the recommendations.