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This week, Auditor Pat McCarthy notified local governments of a coming adjustment to the hourly local audit billing rate.… CONTINUE READING →
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 →
The Center for Government Innovation has published two new resources to help local governments identify best practices for two different, but possibly related areas: credit card programs and travel expenditures.… CONTINUE READING →
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 →
Washington State Auditor Pat McCarthy praised an agreement announced by Attorney General Bob Ferguson Friday, requiring the resignation of the administrator of the troubled city of Wapato.… CONTINUE READING →
Time is up! Written procurement procedures that comply with Uniform Guidance must be implemented for 2018 single auditsJuly 19, 2019
The requirement for procurement and standards of conduct procedures is not new and was previously addressed in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-102 and Circular A-110. However, the Uniform Guidance explicitly required documented procedures by updating the requirement for procedures from “will” to “must” and adding the word “documented.”… CONTINUE READING →
If they are not already doing so, local governments should consider periodically checking this database and recovering property due to them. A best practice might be checking the unclaimed property website once a year.… CONTINUE READING →
The Office of the Washington State Auditor’s Center for Government Innovation partnered with the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) to bring you updated guidance for writing travel and credit card policies. This Audit Connection post is courtesy of MRSC. Be sure to visit our Resources Database for these and other resources created to assist local governments in Washington.… CONTINUE READING →
The need to be cybersecure isn’t going away-in fact, it’s an issue that grows more relevant each day. As more local governments in Washington are the unfortunate victims of cyberattacks, the reality of the situation cannot be ignored. Visit our new webpage for more information: www.sao.wa.gov/BeCyberSmart… CONTINUE READING →