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Risky business? Discussing vulnerabilities with your auditors

June 4, 2019

National audit standards require every audit to include a formal inquiry with key staff and a member of the governing body to discuss their views on risks the government faces. While this is a routine part of every audit, we sometimes receive questions about the process, what to expect in these conversations, and why we do them. Here’s what you should know about these discussions.

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Neill Public Library in Pullman improves services to patrons

May 28, 2019

Neill Public Library is a central gathering place where residents socialize, explore, discover and connect with the world around them.

Pullman city leadership
wanted to instill a culture of process improvement by using the Lean method in
city operations. The library, meanwhile, already had started to work on
improving customer experience. Library staff weren’t familiar with Lean, though, making the library a natural place for a pilot project.

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Guide to Unauditable Governments in Washington infographic

May 23, 2019

State laws require local governments to be audited by our Office and for them to submit annual financial reports, yet every year many governments do not meet these obligations. Failure to be audited and provide annual financial reports keeps the public in the dark about how public money is being used, and impairs the decision making of management and elected officials.

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Auditor’s Office issues fraud report regarding troubled King County drainage district, calls for public engagement in government accountability

May 22, 2019

Today the Office of the Washington State Auditor released a pair of reports regarding King County Drainage District 5: a fraud investigation and a new type of report identifying the district as “unauditable.”
The Office also published an online guide to more than 35 other small local governments that have failed to file any public financial information for years, rendering them unauditable.

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Avoid these common errors while preparing this year’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

May 14, 2019

The State Auditor’s Office (SAO) performs almost 200 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) reviews each year. Local governments may also submit their CAFR to the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. As part of their CAFR reviews, SAO and GFOA identified several common errors that could affect your government’s ability to obtain this certificate. 

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McCarthy says Wapato audits show need for accountability in the city

May 2, 2019

YAKIMA – The Office of the Washington State Auditor published two audits of the City of Wapato today, documenting significant violations of government standards. The accountability and financial audits include eight findings, an unusually high number and cause for concern. The State Auditor’s Office (SAO) also issued a letter to Wapato leadership responding to concerns that the public raised about the city. The reports come after SAO issued a fraud report in February detailing a $300,000 misappropriation in Wapato.
“These audits speak to a basic lack of accountability and transparency in the city,” said State Auditor Pat McCarthy. “It is important the State Auditor’s Office shine a light on issues that need public attention, and the situation in Wapato is deeply concerning.”

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Updated City and County Revenue Guides from the Municipal Research and Services Center.

New city and county revenue guides published

February 25, 2019

For many years, city and county officials have relied on the Municipal Research and Services Center’s (MRSC) Revenue Guides to better understand their various – and often confusing! – revenue options. And now, in partnership with the State Auditor’s Office (Center for Government Innovation (formerly known as the Performance Center), we’re excited to announce that we’ve completely re-written and re-published the two documents! Here are some of the highlights.

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Lease accounting changes are coming soon

January 24, 2019

The new accounting and reporting standard regarding leases – GASB 87 – will take effect for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2019, and apply retroactively as if the standard was in place at the beginning of the implementation period. Early implementation is encouraged.

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