About JLARC: the Legislature’s Auditor

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) works to make state government operations more effective, efficient, and accountable. The Committee is comprised of an equal number of House and Senate members, Democrats and Republicans.

JLARC pursues its mission by conducting performance audits, program evaluations, sunset reviews, and other analyses. Assignments to conduct studies are made by the Legislature and the Committee itself. Based on these assignments, JLARC’s non-partisan staff auditors, under the direction of the Legislative Auditor, independently seek answers to audit questions and issue recommendations to improve performance.

Work by JLARC staff is conducted using Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards. These standards ensure audit conclusions are independent, objective, and accurate. JLARC’s authority is established in Chapter 44.28 Revised Code of Washington.

Related Links: Related Agencies:
Annual Update Washington State Auditor's Office (SAO)
Staff Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)
2013-15 Work Plan (pdf) US Government Accountability Office (GAO)
2014 Peer Review (pdf)  National Conference of State Legislature (NCSL)
Study Process  National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES) 
Awards & Recognition  Pacific Northwest Intergovernmental Audit Forum (PNIAF) 
Mission & Strategic Plan (pdf)   
Rules of Procedure (pdf)