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Government data tells a story with FIT – just take a look at what you can learn about drainage and diking districtsAugust 13, 2019
The Office of the Washington State Auditor collects financial information from nearly 2,000 local governments each year and displays this data intuitively through the Financial Intelligence Tool (FIT).
We explore what can be learned about government by being curious in their financial data.
We encourage you to find something interesting and learn about all the local governments that serve the citizens of our state. What story will you find?… CONTINUE READING →
Today, the Office of the Washington State Auditor has struck a blow for the democratization of governmental financial data to Washingtonians; the newly redesigned Financial Intelligence Tool is now available. Our Office collects the annual financial reports of all governments in the state of Washington; we have now made this data accessible and simple to understand.
But FIT is more than a bunch of data—we designed this to be an educational experience, a place to inspire civic engagement and elevate the discourse on government operations. A previously difficult to understand and inaccessible world is now available; all it takes is a click to get started.
Government leaders have a responsibility to the public they serve to provide their information in new and interesting ways; FIT fills this need.
This tool is only the beginning of the conversation, not the end. We welcome your emails with questions, comments, observations and input; we are listening.
As a part of our continuing commitment to making information about local government operations around the state more transparent and accessible, we have updated the look and feel of our Local Government Financial Reporting System, or LGFRS. Our Office has long provided unaudited financial data filed by local governments on our website via LGFRS. This same tool has a new look and is now even easier to use and understand.… CONTINUE READING →
Washington Auditor’s acclaimed Financial Intelligence Tool to be an example of leading practice at Pew Charitable Trust national conferenceFebruary 6, 2018
The Office of the Washington State Auditor is a national leader in developing and applying tools to assess and display information about local governments’ financial condition. That’s why the Pew Charitable Trust has invited the Office of the Washington State Auditor to speak at its State and Local Fiscal Health Workshop on February 27 in Boston, Massachusetts.… CONTINUE READING →
On January 27, 2016, our Office published a follow-up to a report we issued last year on local government financial reporting. This year’s results show that our outreach efforts have contributed to a greater number of local governments filing their reports as required by law for fiscal year 2014.… CONTINUE READING →