Washington State Resource Center
Washington Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The Attorney General is the chief legal officeR for the state of Washington. The Attorney General's Office (AGO) provides legal services to more than 230 state agencies, boards and commissions. AGO helps citizens through antitrust enforcement and consumer protection and protects the environment and utility customers.
- Commissioner of Public Lands
The Commissioner of Public Lands is the head of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The Governor of Washington is the head of the executive branch of Washington's government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws, the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Washington Legislature and line-item veto power to cancel specific provisions in spending bills. The governor may also convene the legislature on "extraordinary occasions".
- Insurance Commissioner
The Insurance Commissioner’s Office oversees the insurance industry to make sure that companies follow the rules and that Washington consumers get what they pay for. Unlike most state agencies, the Office is not funded by public tax dollars. Insurance companies pay an administrative fee to cover all of their costs. The mission of the Office is to protect consumers, the public interest, and Washington's economy through fair and efficient regulation of the insurance industry.
- Lt. Governor
The Lt. Governor serves as president of the senate; performs the duties of the governor when the governor is out of the state; and when delegated to do so shall award the law enforcement medal of honor during national law enforcement recognition week.
- Secretary of State
The Secretary of State is the state's chief elections officer, chief corporations officer, and supervisor of the State Archives and State Library. In addition to the Secretary's many constitutional and statutory duties, the Secretary is frequently called upon to represent the state of Washington in international trade and cultural missions, and to greet and confer with dignitaries and delegations visiting the state of Washington from other countries.
- State Auditor
The State Auditor’s Office independently serves the citizens of Washington by promoting accountability, fiscal integrity and openness in state and local government. Working with these governments and with citizens, the Office strives to ensure the efficient and effective use of public resources.
- State of Washington
Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Washington was named after George Washington, and is the only U.S. state named after a president. Washington is commonly called Washington State or occasionally the State of Washington to distinguish it from the U.S. capital.
- State Treasurer
The State Treasurer is responsible for managing cash flow of all major state accounts; investing the state's operating cash in short-term, interest bearing accounts; and issuing and managing all of the state's debt with bond sales that finance major projects, certificates of participation that help state agencies and local governments purchase equipment, and guaranteeing school bonds. In addition, the State Treasurer provides guidance for the management of long-term debt and investments as a member of a number of boards and commissions including the State Investment Board.
- Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) oversees K-12 public education in Washington state. OSPI is bound by the Washington State Legislature to implement state laws regarding education, including the 1993 education reform act which mandated the WASL standards based assessment.
Washington Legislative Branch
- Washington Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee
The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) works to make state government operations more effective, efficient, and accountable. JLARC pursues its mission by conducting performance audits, program evaluations, sunset reviews, and other analyses. Assignments to conduct studies are made by the Legislature and the Committee itself. Based on these assignments, JLARC’s non-partisan staff auditors, under the direction of the Legislative Auditor, independently seek answers to audit questions and issue recommendations to improve performance.
- Washington State Legislature
The Washington State Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Washington. It is a bipartisan, bicameral body, composed of the lower Washington House of Representatives, composed of 98 Representatives, and the upper Washington State Senate, with 49 Senators.
Washington Court Rules and Forms
- Washington State Court Forms
Provides links to forms that are used statewide in Washington Courts.
- Washington State Court Rules
Provides links to Rules of General Application; Rules for Appellate Court Administration; Rules on Appeal; Rules for Superior Court; Rules for Courts of Limited Juridiction; and Additional Matter.
- Washington State Local Court Rules
Provides links to Local Rules of the Superior Courts; District Courts; and Municipal Courts.
Washington Judicial Branch
- Washington State Courts
The Washington court system includes the Washington Supreme Court; the Washington Court of Appeals; the Superior Courts; and the District Courts and Municipal Court.
Washington Executive Branch
- Aging and Disability Services Administration
The Aging and Disability Services Administration (ADSA) serves adults with chronic illnesses or conditions and people of all ages with developmental disabilities. All long-term care and Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) services are voluntary.
- Department of Agriculture
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) serves the people of Washington by supporting the agricultural community and promoting consumer and environmental protection. WSDA carries out a broad spectrum of activities that support the producers, distributors, and consumers of Washington's food and agricultural products.
- Department of Commerce
The mission of the Department of Commerce is to grow and improve jobs in Washington State.
- Department of Corrections
The mission of the Department of Corrections (DOC) is to improve public safety. DOC is responsible for administering adult corrections programs operated by the State of Washington. This includes state correctional institutions and programs for offenders supervised in the community.
- Department of Ecology
The Mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations. The Department has three goals: prevent pollution; clean up pollution; and support sustainable communities and natural resources.
- Department of Employment Security
The Department of Employment Security helps Washington's workers and employers succeed in the global economy by delivering superior employment services, timely unemployment benefits, and a fair and stable unemployment insurance system.
- Department of Financial Institutions
The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) provides regulatory oversight for Washington State’s financial service providers. DFI regulates and examines a variety of state chartered financial services. DFI also provides education and outreach to protect consumers from financial fraud. DFI's five divisions regulate a wide range of financial enterprises and individuals, such as banks, credit unions, mortgage brokers, consumer loan companies, and securities issuers and salespeople.
- Department of Fish and Wildlife
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) serves Washington’s citizens by protecting, restoring and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats, while providing sustainable and wildlife-related recreational and commercial opportunities. Fish and Wildlife Officers (FWOs) are general authority peace officers deployed to six regions throughout the state and a Marine Division.
- Department of General Administration
The Department of General Administration (GA) is a central support agency for state government. GA's customers include state agencies, city and county government, school districts, colleges and universities, and a number of not-for-profit organizations. GA oversees purchasing & contracts; offers vendors and contractors access to competetive business opportunities; manages over $500 million annually in public design and construction projects; provides real estate and space planning services for office and warehouse space for state agencies; and much more.
- Department of Health
The Department of Health (DOH) works with its federal, state and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthier and safer. DOH's programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure Washington is prepared for emergencies.
- Department of Information Services
The primary role of the Department of Information Services (DIS) is to help state and local government use technology to more efficiently serve Washington residents. DIS offers a wide range of products and services to schools, state agencies, counties, cities, and tribal governments. DIS provides staff to the state’s Information Services Board, oversees state government IT policies and strategic plans, and is a cabinet-level agency.
- Department of Labor and Industries
Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) is dedicated to the safety, health and security of Washington's workers. L&I helps employers meet safety and health standards and inspects workplaces when alerted to hazards. L&I is the administrator of Washington's workers' compensation system, and provides medical and limited wage-replacement coverage to workers who suffer job-related injuries and illness. L&I's rules and enforcement programs also help ensure workers are paid what they are owed, that children's and teens' work hours are limited, and that consumers are protected from unsound building practices.
- Department of Licensing
The Department of Licensing provides information to law enforcement, licenses and regulates drivers, registers vehicles and vessels, licenses and regulates 30 different professions, and issues business licenses through the Master License Service. In addition, the Department ensures the fair and efficient collection of state revenue.
- Department of Natural Resources
In partnership with citizens and government, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provides innovative leadership and expertise to ensure environmental protection, public safety, perpetual funding for schools and communities, and a rich quality of life.
- Department of Personnel
The Washington State Department of Personnel (DOP) is the central human resource agency for state government. DOP provide a full range of human resource services to state agencies, higher education institutions, state employees, and, in some instances, to other public sector and non-profit organizations.
- Department of Printing
The Department of Printing is Washington's Public Printer, providing printing and related solutions to help government serve citizens. The Department of Printing is an entirely self-supporting agency within Washington State Government. It is mandated by law as the State Printer. The department offers comprehensive services from design to delivery, with an emphasis on customer service, environmental responsibility and a commitment to saving both customer and taxpayer dollars. Its services are available to all state agencies, boards, commissions, institutions and political subdivisions.
- Department of Retirement Systems
The Department of Retirement Systems collects and accounts for contributions, verifies data reported by employers, maintains records, communicates pension information and pays retirement benefits.
- Department of Revenue
The Department of Revenue is Washington state's principal tax collection agency. It collects more than 90 percent of state General Fund tax revenues and all local sales tax revenues. Key employee functions include: Providing taxpayer assistance, information, and education; Accounting for and processing tax revenues and information; Responding to more than 300,000 telephone calls annually; Distributing money to local governments; Conducting appeals; Administering property taxes; Developing tax legislation; Managing the state's Unclaimed Property Program; Conducting tax and fiscal research; Locating unregistered businesses; Auditing and collecting delinquent taxes; and Enforcing compliance.
- Department of Services for the Blind
Washington State’s Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) provides job counseling and teaches adaptive skills to people who are blind or have low vision. DSB works with people of all ages & offers a wide range of services, tailored to the individual and committed to DSB's mission: Inclusion, Independence, and Economic Vitality for People with Visual Disabilities.
- Department of Social and Health Services
The Department of Social and Health Services is an integrated organization of high-performing programs working in partnership for statewide impact to help transform lives. The Department’s mission is to improve the safety and health of individuals, families and communities by providing leadership and establishing and participating in partnerships.
- Department of Transportation
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of Washington's transportation system, and is responsible for ensuring that people and goods move safely and efficiently. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT is responsible for the state ferry system, and works in partnership with others to maintain and improve local roads, railroads, airports, and multi-modal alternatives to driving.
- Department of Veterans Affairs
The Washington Department of Veterans Affairs is divided into three divisions: Administrative Services; State Veterans Homes; and Veteran Services. The Administrative Services Division of the Department supports the Veterans Services Program, the Washington Veterans Home, the Washington Soldiers Home and Colony at Orting, and the Spokane Veterans Home. The Agency provides leadership, policy direction, and support for the delivery of statewide veterans’ services. The Agency's Central Office also provides a communication link with the Legislature, other stakeholders and the general public.
- Long Term Care Ombudsman
The purpose of the Washington Long-Term Care (LTC) Ombudsman Program’s Consumer Advocacy Outreach is to advance consumer healthcare education and to empower older adults and their family members to make informed long-term care decisions.
- Office of Financial Management
The Office of Financial Management provides vital information, fiscal services and policy support that the Governor, legislature and state agencies need to serve the people of Washington State
- Port of Grays Harbor
The Port of Grays Harbor offers more than 600-acres of prime property for industrial, commercial, retail etc. for development. All sites are along the Coastal Super Corridor, providing rail, road, marine and telecommunications access.
- State Library
The mission and purpose of the State Library is to: collect, preserve, and make accessible to Washingtonians materials on the government, history, culture, and natural resources of the state; provide leadership and coordination of services to all libraries in the state of Washington; support the information needs of residents in state institutions and of the visually impaired; and serve as the primary source in the region for published information from the federal government.
- Washington Prescription Drug Program
The Prescription Drug Program has developed several tools, released discount card programs, and pooled resources with other organizations with the same goal in mind, providing information and programs that serve the residents of Washington and their current needs for prescription drug purchasing assistance.
- Washington State Emergency Management Division
Washington State Emergency Management is a division of Washington's Military Department. The Division's mission is to minimize the impact of emergencies and disasters on the people, property, environment, and economy of Washington State.
- Washington State Health Care Authority
The Health Care Authority (HCA) oversees seven health care programs: Basic Health; Community Health Services (CHS); Health Technology Assessment (HTA); Prescription Drug Program; Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB); Uniform Medical Plan (UMB); Washington Health Program; and Washington Wellness.
- Washington State Lottery
The Washington Lottery was established to generate revenues for state programs through the sale of lottery products (games). Those products, or “games,” as they are more commonly known, range in variety from Scratch tickets to “draw” games. The Lottery's missions are to offer imaginative games that bring fun and dreams into people's lives; to reponsibly maximize the lottery's revenues to the State of Washington; and to enhance the quality of life for the people of Washington by financially contributing to education and other community endeavors.
- Washington State Parks
The mission of Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is to acquire, operate, enhance and protect a diverse system of recreational, cultural, historical and natural sites. The Commission fosters outdoor recreation and education statewide to provide enjoyment and enrichment for all and a valued legacy to future generations. The Washington state park system includes 120 developed parks, recreation programs, trails, boating safety and winter recreation.
- Washington State Patrol
The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is one of the premier law enforcement organizations in the nation. WSP is a professional law enforcement agency made up of dedicated professionals who work hard to improve the quality of life for Washington's citizens and prevent the unnecessary loss of life on a daily basis. The troopers patrolling the highways every day are the most visible part of this agency, but there are also many civilian employees who are less visible and just as important. They include those who work for the State Fire Marshal to help prevent fires in homes or workplaces; those who work as technicians and scientists in the crime labs processing DNA samples to help prosecute criminal cases; and they include investigative support staff who maintain criminal records and databases so that sex offenders don’t end up working with children.
- Washington State Tourism
Experiencewa.com is the official website for Washington State Tourism, which is administered by the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Division. The site provides links and information for Washington's tourism industry.
WorkSource is a joint venture of organizations dedicated to addressing Washington State's employment needs. WorkSource Partners include state and local government agencies as well as local community based organizations that provide a wide range of employment and training-related services. Its centers provide all the information, technology and services businesses needs to thrive, and job seekers need to achieve successful careers. WorkSource Affiliates serve special populations and are electronically linked to the WorkSource system.
Washington Boards and Commissions
- Board of Tax Appeals
The Board of Tax Appeals for Washington State (BTA or State Board) is an impartial and inexpensive forum for state tax appeals. BTA's mission is to resolve appeals of taxpayers and taxing authorities to maintain public confidence in the state tax system. The Washington State Legislature created the Board of Tax Appeals as an independent state agency in 1967. It is not part of, or associated with, any other governmental agency.
- County Road Administration Board
The Washington State County Road Administration Board (CRAB) provides accountability through standards of good practice, fair administration of funding programs, and technical and professional assistance to the 39 Washington State County Road Departments.
- Gambling Commission
The mission of the Gambling Commission is to protect the public by ensuring that gambling is legal and honest. The Commission is a law enforcement, licensing and regulatory acency. It has the statutory responsibility and authority to regulate gambling in Washington state, with the exception of Horse Racing and the Lottery, which have their own Commissions. Its duties range from criminal background checks, to on-site spot checks, to in-depth reccords reviews. The Commission also investigates crimes, such as theft, cheating and bookmaking.
- State Commission on Judicial Conduct
The Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct receives and investigates allegations of judicial misconduct and disability and enforces the Code of Judicial Conduct. It works to protect the integrity of the judicial process and promote public confidence in the courts. It also serves to improve and strengthen the judiciary by creating in judges a greater awareness of proper judicial behavior.
- Washington State Arts Commission
The Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC) advances and supports art and culture in Washington State through leadership, knowledge, funding, and resources. WSAC collaborates with artists and arts organizations to conserve and develop critical artistic resources. WSAC strives to further policies that promote statewide arts awareness, develop sustainable arts resources for future generations, and deepen investments in Washington's dynamic cultural legacy.
- Washington State Executive Ethics Board
All state employees are bound by the State Ethics in Public Service Act. This Act, commonly known as the ethics law, generally addresses conflicts of interest, improper use of state resources, compensation for outside activities, and gifts. The law establishes a single code that applies to all state employees in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of state government. Each branch has a single board responsible for enforcing the law with respect to employees in that branch. In the executive branch, that body is the Executive Ethics Board (EEB). In addition to enforcing the law, EEB promulgates interpretive rules and provides advisory opinions.
- Washington State Housing Finance Commission
The Washington State Housing Finance Commission is a publicly accountable, self-supporting team, dedicated to increasing housing access and affordability and to expanding the availability of quality community services for the people of Washington.
- Washington State Liquor Control Board
The mission of the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) is to contribute to the safety and financial stability of the communities by ensuring the responsible sale, and preventing the misuse of, alcohol and tobacco. WSLCB's Licensing and Regulation Division issues liquor licenses and permits for more than 15,800 qualified businesses, as well as special occasion licenses, banquet permits and raffle permits. WSLCB's Enforcement and Educaton Division is responsible for enforcing liquor and tobacco laws statewide. Officers also provide training to licensees and local law enforcement agencies.
- Washington Traffic Safety Commission
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission is a small state agency that promotes traffic safety through educational campaigns, law enforcement support and roadway engineering solutions. Most of The Commission's funding comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Commission is responsible for awarding and dispersing grant money to local government agencies, tribes, non-profit organizations and law enforcement.
- Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) regulates the rates, services, and practices of privately-owned utilities and transportation companies, including electric, telecommunications, natural gas, water, and solid waste collection companies, pipeline safety, private commercial ferries, buses, and motor carriers. WUTC only oversee privately-owned utilities that offer service to the public in Washington; UTC jurisdiction does not extend to public utility districts, municipal utilities, or cooperatives.