Item 6f Tay Letter

--- P.O. Box 1209
Port                         Seattle, WA 98111-1209
Tel:(206) 728-3000
of Seattle
June 8,2009

The Honorable Bill Bryant
President, Port of Seattle Commission
271 1 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98 121
Re: Performance Audit of Port of Seattle Construction Management; transmittal of Performance
Audit Annual Report

Dear CommissionerBryant,
I am pleased to submit the second SAO Performance Audit Annual Report to you. As you know,
it represents significant efforts throughout the organization to implement many of the reforms
suggested in the 2007 performance audit. This report marks the completion of our Audit
Response Action Plan.
To date, we have implemented the majority of the auditor's 51 recommendations:
+ The Port Mly agreed with 40 of the auditor's 51 recommendations; they have been
+ The Port partially agreed with 6 of the auditor's 51 recommendations; while we did not
Wly agree with the recommendation as it was stated in the report, we agreed that the
underlying intent of the recommendation had merit. The Port has implemented reforms
designed to meet the underlying intent of the recommendations through a combination of
the auditor's recommendedsteps andlor alternate methods.
+ The Port did not agree with 5 of the auditor's 51 recommendations, either because we
believe the underlying assumptions are incorrect (such as the use of a particular type of
software) or because we disagreed with the auditor's interpretationof data. However,
members of the organization have worked to address the intent behind the
recommendations, and implement reforms designed to allay those underlying concerns.
I appreciate the Commission's supportas we have worked to improve the Port's construction and
contracting management practices. While the completion of this audit marks a significant
milestone for the organization, our efforts to make the Port a more efficient and effective
organization have only begun.

CT?  'ef Executive Officer

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