Waste, Fraud & Abuse

Fortunato calls on Sound Transit to halt $10 million giveaway

Published on June 02, 2017
Sen. Phil Fortunato, R-Auburn, is calling on Sound Transit’s governing board to reverse a decision made last week to transfer millions of dollars of property over to non-profits at a financial loss. Sound Transit plans to transfer property valued at $18.5 million for a third or half of its market value in order to provide... Read More

VIDEO: What Sound Transit fears of a vote on cost overruns reveals

Published on April 25, 2017
In this video, Senator Phil Fortunato explains his legislation to give voting power back to the people to approve or stop Sound Transit projects that go 100 percent over budget.     Read More

Senate majority unites behind measure to stop unfair Sound Transit taxes

Published on March 16, 2017
New O’Ban-Rossi bill would prohibit state from collecting taxes for regional agency Yesterday, the Senate’s Republican-led Majority Coalition Caucus increased pressure on Sound Transit to treat its taxpayers fairly by proposing that the state Department of Licensing stop collecting the transit agency’s inflated car-tab taxes. “If Sound Transit wants to tax people on a false vehicle... Read More

O’Ban and Rossi challenge constitutionality of Sound Transit car tab tax

Published on March 03, 2017
Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, and Sen. Dino Rossi, R-Sammamish, informed Attorney General Bob Ferguson today that based on information they’ve reviewed, the current valuation Sound Transit uses to calculate car tab taxes is unconstitutional. In a letter hand-delivered to Ferguson’s office this morning, the senators explain the act that authorized Sound Transit to use... Read More

Becker seeks to address ‘unconscionable’ agency actions with stricter oversight

Published on February 15, 2017
Sen. Randi Becker says the effectiveness of court-ordered drug and alcohol counseling for those convicted of driving under the influence has been compromised by the mismanagement of complaints and the settlement process for license violations by those trusted to hold counseling providers accountable.   Becker, R-Eatonville, has responded with Senate Bill 5705, which would require... Read More

Whistleblower testimony heard in Senate Law and Justice Committee today

Published on February 09, 2017
Today in the Senate Law and Justice Committee, disturbing testimony was heard from a whistleblower who related how she was treated at the Department of Corrections when she brought forward evidence of misleading data.  Below is a partial clip of her testimony as well as the testimony in its entirety. Video is courtesy of TVW.org. Read More

Rossi bills to tackle corruption, support workers get hearing Monday

Published on February 02, 2017
Senator seeks to ban some collective-bargaining units from contributing to gubernatorial candidates Whether or not corruption is actually occurring, says Sen. Dino Rossi, it sure doesn’t look right when public employee unions make deals with a governor behind closed doors at the same time they are contributing big amounts of money to the governor’s re-election... Read More

DOC drops contract with vendor exposed by Senate investigation

Published on June 15, 2016
The Washington Department of Corrections announced today that it will not renew a contract with information technology vendor Assessments.com.  The troubling history of Assessments.com was exposed during Senate hearings on the Department of Corrections’ early-release-of-prisoners scandal.  Numerous witnesses testified in Senate hearings that the vendor favored by former Secretary Bernie Warner for his Advance Corrections... Read More

KING5: State lawmakers investigating Snohomish County clean energy contracts

Published on June 16, 2015
EVERETT, Wash. — A series of contracts awarded by the Snohomish County Public Utilities District through a state clean energy grant program are under investigation by state lawmakers, some of whom are concerned about potential conflicts of interest between public and private entities. Central to questions being raised, mostly by Senate Republicans, are dealings between... Read More

Bailey bill ensures Kelley won’t boost pension during his unpaid leave

Published on May 14, 2015
As state Auditor Troy Kelley takes time off to defend himself against accusations of lying, cheating and stealing, a bill sponsored by state Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, ensures he won’t rack up credit toward a state pension. Her measure would block statewide elected officials who are under felony indictment from garnering “service credit” when... Read More

The SMART Act: Measuring outputs, not just inputs

Published on February 24, 2015
Much of the public discussion and advocacy surrounding the budget writing process often tends to focus on inputs, or the amount of taxpayer dollars spent on a particular program. The Legislature has an equally important duty to study the outputs, or the actual results of the way they spend taxpayer dollars. Accountability and transparency are... Read More

The SMART Act: Measuring outputs, not just inputs

Published on February 24, 2015
Much of the public discussion and advocacy surrounding the budget writing process often tends to focus on inputs, or the amount of taxpayer dollars spent on a particular program. The Legislature has an equally important duty to study the outputs, or the actual results of the way they spend taxpayer dollars. Accountability and transparency are... Read More

Miloscia government quality plan clears first committee hurdle

Published on February 20, 2015
Before today’s committee cutoff date, the Accountability and Reform Committee passed the Performance Management Act (Senate Bill 5737), the ambitious quality improvement and waste reduction plan introduced by Sen. Mark Miloscia. The legislation would implement Lean management practices in state government with nationally-recognized Baldrige assessments to ensure measurable results. “This is a positive first step... Read More

Miloscia Makes Progress Collaborating with Results Washington

Published on January 20, 2015
Today, Sen. Mark Miloscia reported important progress in collaborating with Results Washington to implement comprehensive waste reduction and quality measures. Miloscia’s initial disappointment with progress was met with immediate action from Gov. Jay Inslee’s office for the implementation of Lean management in state government. “I am pleased to report we are moving forward,” said Miloscia.... Read More

Miloscia disappointed with lack of answers on waste reduction, Lean management

Published on January 14, 2015
OLYMPIA… Today, in his first meeting as chair of the new Senate Accountability and Reform Committee, Sen. Mark Miloscia was disappointed with the lack of results presented by Results Washington, the governor’s office responsible for Lean and performance management. After 16 months of implementation, Results Washington had no comprehensive performance measurements or significant waste reduction... Read More

Mark Miloscia Sworn In As 30th District State Senator

Published on January 12, 2015
OLYMPIA… Today, Mark Miloscia was sworn in as Senator for the 30th Legislative District. After a lifelong career of service including flying B-52 bombers in the Air Force, teaching for Federal Way Schools and the Catholic Archdiocese, as well as seven terms in the State House, Miloscia received the support of voters to represent them... Read More

O’Ban wants inquiry on why caseworker in horrific child abuse case was promoted

Published on December 30, 2014
KING 5 Story: Sen. O’Ban wants answers and change. As chair of the Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing Committee, he sees systemic problems at DSHS where there is little accountability and plans legislative action. A child is completely disabled after a CPS worker failed to comply with basic protocol. That worker was recently... Read More

State Senate majority creates new government accountability committee

Published on December 09, 2014
Announces committee leadership for 2015 legislative session The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus announced today Senate committee leadership for the 2015 legislative session including the addition of a new committee that will focus on government accountability and reform issues. Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler said, “The committee leadership reflects the exceptional talent in this caucus who... Read More

State Senate majority creates new government accountability committee

Published on December 09, 2014
Announces committee leadership for 2015 legislative session The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus announced today Senate committee leadership for the 2015 legislative session including the addition of a new committee that will focus on government accountability and reform issues. Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler said, “The committee leadership reflects the exceptional talent in this caucus who... Read More

$750,000 dinner bill and no food after 3 years of trying to harvest fish.

Published on November 12, 2014
Chris Ingalls, KING 5 Investigator A Washington State prison had a novel plan to feed its 2,000 inmates: open its own fish farm to to produce a steady supply of fish for the prisoners’ dinner menu. But three years and $750,000 later, the operation has not harvested a single fish that went on to be... Read More

Ethics board fines Lt. Gov. Brad Owen $15,000

Published on November 12, 2014
Lt. Gov. Brad Owen has reached a settlement with the Washington State Executive Ethics Board that fines him $15,000 for using state resources for his nonprofit organization Strategies For Youth. The settlement, released Friday and which Owen has agreed to, would allow him to pay only $10,000 of the fine if he commits no other... Read More

State agency draws criticism for spending $600,000 on Tacoma workshops to boost employee performance

Published on November 08, 2014
By Brad Shannon, August 29, 2014 A division within Washington’s biggest state agency spent $600,000 for airfare, mileage, lodging, food and guest speakers to put on educational workshops in Tacoma for about 2,160 state employees who work in welfare- and food stamp-related programs. There were three two-day events that ended Thursday at the Greater Tacoma... Read More

Report raises questions about handling of welfare fraud tips

Published on November 08, 2014
Chris Ingalls, KING 5 News A Department Social and Health Services internal report raises new questions about how effective the agency’s fraud unit is responding to tips about welfare fraud. The May 2014 Focused Accuracy Review, obtained by the KING 5 Investigators through a public records request, examined 200 tips sent to DSHS fraud investigators.... Read More

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