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Training and Workshops

Filing training and other resources

The State Auditor’s Office (SAO) provides training to local government staff to help them file their annual report, and works with partners to provide classes in finance, budgeting, accounting, reporting and other relevant fields.

SAO Roadshow

Information regarding the October 2019 SAO Roadshow can be found on this Audit Connection Blog Post.

Online Filing Workshops

The annual report deadline is 150 days after a government’s fiscal year end. The annual report for governments whose fiscal year ends December 31, 2019, is due May 29, 2020. State law does not provide for any exceptions. Each year we provide free annual report filing assistance to help governments meet the deadline.

If you need assistance with any part of the annual report filing process, we encourage you to attend one of our workshops. Whether you’re a new user or simply need a refresher on the online reporting system, we are here to help! 

We provide one-on-one assistance through conference or video call too! Local governments will be able to register for a one-hour time slot for individualized assistance. 

Information regarding workshops and one-on-one assistance for the May 29, 2020 deadline will be available in early 2020.

For more information or questions regarding the filing workshops contact LGCSFeedback@sao.wa.gov.

eLearnings

The State Auditor’s Office is pleased to offer free, web-based training opportunities to help train government staff:

  • Introduction to the BARS Manuals (eLearning runs 50:00)
    • Covers the basic contents of the Budgeting, Accounting and Reporting System (BARS) Manuals and guidelines for navigating the manuals.
  • BARS Manual/File Online training: This training contains a comprehensive BARS training, and shorter training videos on frequently asked questions about BARS and filing online. 
    • (Updated eLearning will be available in 2019)

Not finding what you are looking for? Check out other eLearnings available on our Solutions and Resources page.

Training Classes

Register for training classes in finance, budgeting, accounting, reporting and other relevant fields through WFOA’s Non-Conference Training page.