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UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019, 10:20 a.m.

Auditors: Washington jails could release 4,700 inmates, save millions through pretrial services

The state auditor’s office found roughly one-third of Washington’s jail inmates are candidates for pretrial services such as electronic monitoring, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and texts and phone …

State audit finds Stevens County misspent $121,000 in homelessness funds

The state auditor’s office published its findings in a report on Feb. 21, saying the flood payment constituted an “unallowable gift of public funds” and the other payment relied on …

State auditors investigating ‘suspected loss of public funds’ in Spokane County

An anonymous tipster this week alerted several local news outlets to the investigation, saying a large amount of taxpayer money had been stolen by an employee of the county’s risk …

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 2, 2018, 9:52 p.m.

There’s a problem with the records on 12,000 Hanford wells, audit finds

Hanford needs to do a better job in recording the status of the site’s approximately 12,000 wells that are either decommissioned or in use, according to a new audit report …

MAC making changes after audit finds museum accounting problems

State auditor finds some accounting problems at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, but improvement over a 2016 examination.

Audit faults juvenile courts for not alerting schools to student crimes

Juvenile courts in Washington can prove only about half the time that they’re alerting schools when one of their students has committed a crime, according to a performance audit from …

Audit: Idaho owes $3.1 million for health insurance bonus

Auditors say that Idaho was overpaid $3.1 million and should repay the money given to them by a federal agency to cover children on government health insurance.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 7:11 p.m.

Immigration agents descend on 7-Eleven stores in 17 states

Seven immigration agents filed into a 7-Eleven store before dawn Wednesday, waited for people to go through the checkout line and told arriving customers and a driver delivering beer to …

Lawmaker wants audit of award for Hurricane Maria tarps

A U.S. lawmaker wants the Homeland Security Department inspector general to review contracts worth $30 million awarded to a fledgling company for Hurricane Maria disaster supplies it failed to deliver …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 12:14 p.m.

Audit finds WSU may have violated federal grant rules

A state audit has found that Washington State University may have violated federal rules when it used about $17,000 from a grant to pay salaries and benefits for two employees …

Whitman County gets passing grade in audit; first time in more than decade

The Washington state Auditor’s Office announced Monday it had found no significant deficiencies or material weaknesses in Whitman County’s financial statements for the first time in more than a decade.

Audit: U.S. misuses taxpayer cash for California water project

The U.S. Interior Department improperly contributed tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer money to help California and politically powerful state water districts plan for a massive project to ship …

Spokane Public Schools workplace audit finds success amid predictable divide between HQ and staff

Community and school staff members believe Spokane Public Schools is doing a good job overall of communication and community outreach. However, an audit conducted by the National Public School Relations …

Audit planned on natural gas wells on Idaho endowment lands

Idaho is starting what officials say is the state’s first ever audit of natural gas and oil wells on state lands to make sure the state is getting its fair …

UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

Oregon official sounds alarm over Medicaid eligibility

Some 86,000 people who are receiving Medicaid benefits in Oregon may be ineligible, costing $37 million per month, the secretary of state said Wednesday.

Audit planned on past sales of Idaho endowment lands

The director of the Idaho Department of Lands says he’ll hire an independent auditor to review the agency’s records involving decades-old sales of state lands that two environmental groups say …

Audit: Teacher assessments are playing hooky

When it meets Thursday, Idaho’s State Board of Education will discuss next steps after an audit showed 99 percent of teacher assessments from the 2014-15 school year were incomplete, late …

Audit finds problems with Oregon housing agency

Amid a housing shortfall that political leaders say is a priority to address, Oregon’s lead state agency on affordable housing is falling short on its responsibility to help guide policymaking …

Audit faults NY tourism promotion after damaging storms

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration mismanaged $22 million spent to promote tourism in areas affected by three damaging storms, federal auditors said.

Dana Milbank: What tax tricks are up Trump’s sleeve?

Trump has been refusing to release his tax returns, and we have a pretty good idea why: He has been feeding at the public trough.

Psychiatric hospital overpays doctor almost $72,000

A state audit has found that a physician at Western State Hospital was paid almost $72,000 for hours that he did not work.

Trump says he ‘can’t’ release his tax returns. IRS doesn’t see why not.

Donald Trump says he would like to release his tax returns to the public, but just can’t. The Internal Revenue Service and tax experts, though, say he can.

Audit faults city’s grant handling

For the second year in a row, Spokane administrators committed several violations of rules for handling federal money, a state audit has found. In response, some Spokane City Council members …

Recent audit findings drive challenger in Idaho treasurer race

BOISE – In his 16 years as Idaho’s state treasurer, Ron Crane has built up the state’s credit rating, launched a popular college savings program and a free annual control-your-finances …

Spokane erred in handling grant money

Investigators have discovered a number of mistakes in how Spokane receives and handles federal grant money, leading the city’s finance director to say the findings “could impact our ability to …

Audit blasts BPA hiring practices

PORTLAND — The U.S. Department of Energy has released a highly critical audit of human resources activities at Bonneville Power Administration, saying the agency’s hiring and promotion practices are ineffective.

Audit: Wash. caregivers failed background checks

OLYMPIA — Nearly two dozen people who failed criminal background checks were allowed to work with developmentally disabled clients in Washington state.

US audit: $200M wasted on Iraqi police training

BAGHDAD — U.S. auditors have concluded that more than $200 million was wasted on a program to train Iraqi police that Baghdad says is neither needed nor wanted.

Audit urges more money to be spent in the classroom

SEATTLE (AP) — A new state audit of Washington’s public schools says the state’s school districts could do a better job getting dollars into the classroom where they’ll make the …

Audit: Idaho improperly paid $82 million in benefits

An Idaho agency that doles out unemployment benefits improperly made about $82 million in payments over a three-year period, a federal audit fou