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Change Management Lesson 2: Building Awareness of the Change to Come

January 14, 2020

In our Lesson 1 post, we introduced change management as a strategy to implement successful process improvement initiatives. In this installment, we will introduce the ADKAR (Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability, Reinforcement) change management model. This is a five-stage approach to help organizations manage the people side of change. Today, we will focus on Awareness.

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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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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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Newest newsletter focuses on school issues

November 21, 2019

From time to time, the State Auditor’s Office compiles the articles we post on this blog into our Audit Connection print newsletter, which we distribute at meetings and conferences. Recently, we put together our first print newsletter aimed solely at education professionals.

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Are you ready for lease accounting?

November 19, 2019

Accounting and reporting standards and guidance for leases are changing for both GAAP and cash basis local governments, effective for fiscal years ending December 31, 2020, and after. Although you won’t be preparing your financial statements and notes until early 2021, those first lease payments under the new standard will begin to flow in January 2020. Will you be ready?

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