skip to main content

The Audit Connection Blog

Results for: Center for Government Innovation


Cybersecurity advice you can use

October 16, 2019

By the Center for Government Innovation

Estimated reading time: 1 minute

As a part of Cybersecurity Awareness month, the Center for Government Innovation at the Office of the Washington State Auditor has put together some important tips and advice for local governments on cybersecurity best practices. This one-page guide is quick and informative, with actionable items anyone who works for local government- from finance to HR, from leadership to IT—can take to reduce cyber risks and #BeCyberSmart.

Are you a finance professional in a local government? #BeCyberSmart.

October 4, 2019

Finance matters

Considerations extend beyond budget decisions

As a finance or administrative professional in a local government, you have key responsibilities for managing that government’s resources. In your role, you interact with all aspects of a local government’s operations as you inform budgetary decisions. We’ve created a document with three things you can do right now as a finance professional to #BeCyberSmart. After you read it, make sure to take a look at all the resources we have available on our #BeCyberSmart webpage for local government employees.

Piggy bank

Piggybacking law change eases contract requirement

October 1, 2019

In 2019, the Legislature amended the statute to allow any public agency to use the bid of another public agency for its own purposes if the awarding agency met their own bidding requirements. This is a change to how our Office looks at piggybacking and group purchasing arrangements. For audit purposes, we would expect local governments to evaluate group purchasing contracts as outlined below.

… CONTINUE READING →
Cover of Segregation of Duties guide

Every government in Washington has a duty to safeguard the resources entrusted to it; our new guide shows you how

September 26, 2019

Segregation of duties, or separating conflicting duty assignments in your government, can help protect your local government’s assets. But which duties do you segregate, and what are your options if you cannot feasibly do this? What if you are a very small entity with limited resources?

Our Office recognizes how challenging this can be, so the Center for Government Innovation created a new resource to help you get started, no matter your size.

… CONTINUE READING →
Cover of cybersecurity resource for finance and administration professionals in local government

More ways to #BeCyberSmart for the finance and legal departments of local governments

August 14, 2019

Cybersecurity is complex, and it can be hard to understand what your role is in keeping your organization safe from threats.

The Center for Government Innovation has developed two new resources specifically for finance and legal staff at local governments. Staff in these departments play an important role in cybersecurity, and these resources provide understandable and actionable guidance and relevant information.

… CONTINUE READING →
First page of new resource about identifying asset retirement obligations

Are you ready to identify your asset retirement obligations?

July 26, 2019

Local governments are beginning to implement GASB Statement No. 83 on asset retirement obligations, or ARO’s, which is effective for reporting periods beginning after June 15, 2018. To help local governments begin, the Center for Government Innovation has published a new resource to help you identify asset retirement obligations in Washington.

… CONTINUE READING →