Audit Of Federal Dollars In Washington State Reviews Pandemic-Related Spike In Spending – Office Of The Washington State Auditor – Wa.gov

Audit of federal dollars in Washington state reviews pandemic-related spike in spending – Office of the Washington State Auditor – WA.gov

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Published: August 8, 2022
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Aug. 8, 2022
OLYMPIA – The Office of the Washington State Auditor’s annual audit of federal money spent in the state revealed 61 areas of concern across 21 federal programs. Because of a lack of documentation, auditors were unable to audit one entire program, calling into question at least $271 million in spending.
These issues and more can be found today in an accessible summary of the extensive audit report by the State Auditor’s Office (SAO). 
“While state programs shouldered an enormous burden in the midst of the pandemic, the public expects them to account for how they spent federal tax dollars,” said State Auditor Pat McCarthy. “Our extensive review offers state agencies insights into where they missed the mark, and recommendations for how to fix it.” 
Each year SAO’s Single Audit examines whether state agencies followed appropriate guidelines and properly accounted for federal funding. The most recent Single Audit, covering fiscal year 2021, was the first to review an entire year of COVID-19-related emergency funding. The full report, at 1,083 pages, can be found here. A summary infographic can be found here.
Noteworthy items from the audit:
In addition to audit work, SAO offers classes on federal award requirements to state agencies and local governments multiple times a year to help improve compliance with federal requirements.
Media inquiries: Kathleen Cooper, Director of Communications – Kathleen.Cooper@sao.wa.gov | 360-890-0751
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