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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 48,163,000
Net change from current biennium 563,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 1.2% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2019-21 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2017-19 Actual 2019-21 Estimated 2021-23 Proposed
Administrative Hearings Revolving - Private/Local 12,000
General Fund - State 525,000
47,550,000 Administrative Hearings Revolving - State 40,071,283 47,550,000 48,101,000
47,550,000 Total Appropriated Funds 40,596,283 47,550,000 48,113,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

2019-21 Non-Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Balance Non-Apropriated Funds 2017-19 Actual 2019-21 Estimated 2021-23 Proposed
Industrial Insurance Premium Refund - Nonappropriated 70,457
(50,000) Local Gov Administrative Hearings - Nonappropriated 16,210 50,000 50,000
(50,000) Total Non-Appropriated Funds 86,667 50,000 50,000

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 21,561,370 22,411,251 8,997,205 23,933,000 24,230,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
6,536,927 19.1% (9,274,494) (22.8%) 16,754,545 53.3%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2018-19 Actual 2019-20 Estimated 2020-21 Estimated 2021-22 Proposed 2022-23 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 173.5 172.4 176.3 185.6 186.6