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Office of Administrative Hearings - Current Law

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 70,223,000
Net change from current biennium (3,230,000) Decrease
Percent change from current biennium (4.4%) Decrease

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2021-23 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2019-21 Actual 2021-23 Estimated 2023-25 Proposed
12,000 Administrative Hearings Revolving - Private/Local 12,000 12,000
Industrial Insurance Premium Refund - Nonappropriated 6,253
(50,000) Local Gov Administrative Hearings - Nonappropriated 78,516 50,000 50,000
General Fund - State
73,391,000 Administrative Hearings Revolving - State 41,393,348 73,391,000 70,161,000
73,403,000 (50,000) Total Appropriated Funds 41,478,116 73,453,000 70,223,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 19,066,865 31,898,010 11,100,939 36,974,000 33,249,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
1,320,166 3.3% 1,520,833 3.7% 27,224,051 63.3%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2020-21 Actual 2021-22 Estimated 2022-23 Estimated 2023-24 Proposed 2024-25 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 209.7 257.8 243.5 232.3 220.3