Office of the Governor

Article III, State Constitution; RCW 10.34, 10.88, 43.06

The Governor is the chief executive officer of the state, responsible for overall administration of the affairs of the state of Washington. The duties and powers of the Governor are outlined in the Washington Constitution and RCW 10.34, 10.88, and 43.06. Within the Office of the Governor, the Office of the Family and Children's Ombudsman, pursuant to RCW 43.06A.010, protects families from harmful agency action or inaction and makes agency officials and state policy makers aware of issues in the child protection and welfare system. The Education Ombudsman, pursuant to RCW 43.06B, advocates on behalf of elementary and secondary students and provides information and investigative services to parents, students, and others regarding their rights and responsibilities in the state's public elementary and secondary education system. The Office of Corrections Ombuds, pursuant to RCW 43.06C.020, provides information to inmates and their families; promoting public awareness and understanding of the rights and responsibilities of inmates; identifying system issues and responses for the Governor and Legislature to act upon; and ensuring compliance with relevant statutes, rules, and policies pertaining to corrections facilities, services, and treatment of inmates under the jurisdiction of the department. Pursuant to RCW 43.119.010, the Washington State Women's Commission is established in the Office of the Governor and as outlined in RCW 43.119.005, the commission shall address issues relevant to the problems and needs of women, such as domestic violence, child care, child support, sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, equal compensation and job pathways opportunities in employment, and the specific needs of women of color.

Agency Mission

Effectively support and assist the Governor in achieving priorities and managing the executive functions of state government.
Request 24,392,000
Net change from current biennium 6,167,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 33.8% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2017-19 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2015-17 Actual 2017-19 Estimated 2019-21 Proposed
13,549,000 General Fund - Basic Account - State 10,786,423 13,549,000 19,718,000
4,000,000 Econ Dev Strategic Reserve Account - State 3,965,058 4,000,000 4,000,000
676,000 Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 676,000 674,000
18,225,000 Total Appropriated Funds 14,751,480 18,225,000 24,392,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

2017-19 Non-Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Balance Non-Apropriated Funds 2015-17 Actual 2017-19 Estimated 2019-21 Proposed
Industrial Insurance Premium Refund - Nonappropriated 6,674
Total Non-Appropriated Funds 6,674

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 9,017,076 6,505,176 2,623,129 11,118,000 13,274,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
361,354 2.5% (5,629,848) (38.1%) 15,263,694 167.2%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2016-17 Actual 2017-18 Estimated 2018-19 Estimated 2019-20 Proposed 2020-21 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 44.4 45.0 46.7 73.1 73.1