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Office of Administrative Hearings

RCW 34.12

The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) resolves administrative disputes between members of the public and most state agencies. Issues that come before OAH include requests for unemployment insurance or public assistance benefits, child and vulnerable adult abuse concerns, child support liability, business and professional licensing (ranging from electrical contractors to nursing homes and daycare facilities), special education, whistleblower cases for local governments, and other disputes in which due process of law requires a hearing. The participants present evidence and testimony at the hearing. An administrative law judge issues a written order containing findings of fact and conclusions of law on all contested issues. The agency’s services are funded by payments made by the affected client agency.

Agency Mission

We independently resolve administrative disputes through accessible, fair, prompt processes and issue sound decisions.
Request 45,262,000
Net change from current biennium 4,060,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 9.9% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2017-19 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2015-17 Actual 2017-19 Estimated 2019-21 Proposed
41,152,000 Administrative Hearings Revolving - State 34,099,744 41,152,000 45,212,000
41,152,000 Total Appropriated Funds 34,099,744 41,152,000 45,212,000

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 10,669
(50,000) Local Gov Administrative Hearings - Nonappropriated 35,609 50,000 50,000
(50,000) Total Non-Appropriated Funds 46,278 50,000 50,000

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 17,547,578 19,121,579 8,364,270 22,215,000 23,047,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
(638,590) (1.8%) (6,660,173) (19.5%) 17,776,150 64.7%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2016-17 Actual 2017-18 Estimated 2018-19 Estimated 2019-20 Proposed 2020-21 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 155.9 161.5 168.8 173.2 175.6