Office of the Governor - Current Law

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 73,139,000
Net change from current biennium 39,716,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 118.8% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2021-23 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2019-21 Actual 2021-23 Estimated 2023-25 Proposed
General Fund - Federal 150,947
Industrial Insurance Premium Refund - Nonappropriated 332
Multiagency Permitting Team Account - Nonappropriated 2,000
27,773,000 General Fund - State 17,660,003 27,773,000 42,757,000
650,000 State Patrol Highway Account - State 650,000 750,000
5,000,000 Econ Dev Strategic Reserve Account - State 6,792,862 5,000,000 2,284,000
Motor Vehicle Account - State 460,000
Workforce Education Investment Acc - State 100,000
Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 674,000
Performance Audits of Government - State 632,000
Governor's Office Central Services - State 26,154,000
33,423,000 Total Appropriated Funds 25,278,143 33,423,000 73,139,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 11,209,099 10,707,777 4,107,936 35,658,000 37,481,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
8,204,369 48.1% (10,462,431) (41.4%) 58,323,287 393.7%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2020-21 Actual 2021-22 Estimated 2022-23 Estimated 2023-24 Proposed 2024-25 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 68.4 70.6 64.0 167.3 167.3