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Change Management Lesson 1: How to Get Started

January 7, 2020

Government staff often ask where to start when they seek to improve a process like permits, asset management, approval queues and so on.

It’s hard to know what actions to take without looking at why you are where you are today, and the mindset of the people who will have to make the change happen.

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Business papers with financial report and magnifying glass

State Auditor’s Office uncovers $7 million misappropriation

December 16, 2019

Today, the Office of the Washington State Auditor released its report on a major fraud investigation involving the Pierce County Housing Authority. The State Auditor’s Office investigation found nearly $7 million in misappropriated public funds, which is the largest case of its kind on record for a Washington local government.

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First screen from FIT data story on diking and drainage districts

Government data tells a story with FIT – just take a look at what you can learn about drainage and diking districts

August 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?

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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.

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