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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.

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, 2018, is due May 30, 2019. 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 will provide one-on-one assistance either in person at one of many locations or through conference or video call.

Local governments will be able to register for a one-hour time slot for individualized assistance. We will provide computers, so if you bring the materials needed to file your report, you might be able to complete and file your report during that time.

Workshops for the May 30, 2019 deadline have been completed. Please check back in early 2020 for next years workshop schedule. For more information contact LGCSFeedback@sao.wa.us

BARS Roundtables

We value your opinions. Every fall, we offer free, three-hour roundtable discussions on our Budgeting, Accounting and Reporting System (BARS). These roundtable discussions are offered statewide from October to December.

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: Covers the basic contents of the Budgeting, Accounting and Reporting System (BARS) Manuals and guidelines for navigating the manuals.
    • (Updated eLearning will be available in 2019)
  • 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.