The Office of the Washington State Auditor is pleased to announce a new, expanded fall outreach event that takes the place of the BARS Roundtables. The SAO Roadshow will travel to a location near you beginning in October and offer a full day of assistance and training.… CONTINUE READING →
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The Center for Government Innovation has developed two new cybersecurity resources to help local government professionals in IT departments but also in facilities departments as well. These resources provide guidance that is easy to understand and use.… CONTINUE READING →
It is common practice to use automated clearing house (ACH) systems to pay state and local government employees and vendors. However, frauds associated with ACH systems are rising dramatically, particularly for direct deposit paychecks.… CONTINUE READING →
To meet stakeholders’ needs and increase transparency, going forward SAO will report all fraud investigations through a public report that will be published on our website. In the past, smaller losses had been reported to management in a letter rather than in a public report.… CONTINUE READING →
Saundra Groshong, audit manager for our South King County team, has left SAO after 19 years of service. Taking her place as team audit manager is Alex Beherndt.… CONTINUE READING →
Cybersecurity is complex, and it can be hard to understand what your role is in keeping your organization safe from threats.
The Center for Government Innovation has developed two new resources specifically for finance and legal staff at local governments. Staff in these departments play an important role in cybersecurity, and these resources provide understandable and actionable guidance and relevant information.… CONTINUE READING →
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 →
Curious where the State Auditor’s Office gets its funding from, and how it spends that money? As part of our ongoing effort to increase transparency in government, we made a simple explanation of our $47.1 million budget for 2018.… CONTINUE READING →