PORT OF SEATTLE 

 

MEMORANDUM

 

 

COMMISSION AGENDA 

 

Item No. 

6f 

 

Date of Meeting 

June 9, 2009 

DATE:

 

April 27, 2009 

 
TO:

 

Tay Yoshitani, Chief Executive Officer 

 
FROM:

 

Dakota Chamberlain, Director Seaport Project Management 

 

SUBJECT:

     SAO Performance Audit Report of Port of Seattle Construction Management, 

Report No. 100008; submission of Annual Report 

REQUESTED ACTION 

1.

 

Authorization for the transmittal of the Port of Seattle’s State Auditor’s Office Annual 
Report Summary for the Performance Audit Report, Port of Seattle Construction 
Management from the Chief Executive Officer to the Port Commission; and 

2.

 

Request for authorization for the Commission President to submit the report to the State 
Auditor’s office as required by RCW 43.09.470. 

SYNOPSIS

 

As required by RCW 43.09.470, the Port’s Annual Report to the State Auditor is due by July 1.  
It details the status of the implementation of the State Auditor’s recommendations related to the 
2007 performance audit of the Port’s Capital Construction Management.  The Annual Report is 
attached. 

BACKGROUND AND PREVIOUS COMMISSION ACTION

 

On December 20, 2007, the Washington State Auditor released the results of a performance 
audit of the Port’s Capital Construction Management.  The performance audit identified 
several areas where the Port’s capital program management should be improved.  The audit 
was conducted under the authority of citizen-approved Initiative 900 and is intended to 
evaluate the Port’s performance in specific areas, increase credibility, and ensure efficiency 
and effectiveness in the Port’s operations. 

 

On January 8, 2008, the Commission approved several motions related to organizational 
policies and operations included in the audit report.  Actions taken included: 

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Strengthening Commission oversight

.  Commissioners formed a committee to research 

best practices for organizational governance and recommend ways to strengthen 
Commission oversight of major construction projects.  The committee drafted a new 

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