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Training and Workshops

Filing training and other resources

The State Auditor’s Office (SAO) provides training to local government staff to help them file their annual report, and works with partners to provide classes in finance, budgeting, accounting, reporting and other relevant fields.

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Annual BARS Update Training
Annual Filing Workshops and Training
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In Person Trainings

Annual BARS Update Training

The Annual BARS Update training occur in the fall each year. The training schedule will be available late summer.

Prior year recorded webinars can be found in the eLearnings section below.


Annual Filing Workshops and Training

The annual report deadline is 150 days after a government’s fiscal year end. Annual reports for governments whose fiscal year end is December 31, 2020, are due by May 30, 2021.

The annual filing workshops and webinars for the fiscal year 2020 filing season have been completed. For assistance or filing support please contact LGCSFeedback@sao.wa.gov.


eLearnings

The State Auditor’s Office is pleased to offer free, web-based training opportunities to help train government staff:

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Recorded eLearning
  • Leases, as of February 2020 (eLearning runs 27:51)
    • Covers the changes to governmental lease accounting and reporting for both GAAP and Cash Basis.
  • Introduction to the BARS Manuals (eLearning runs 50:00)
    • Covers the basic contents of the Budgeting, Accounting and Reporting System (BARS) Manuals and guidelines for navigating the manuals.
  • SAO 2019 BARS Update: 
    • This training is a recording of the Fall 2019 Roadshow BARS Update and provides the update to the BARS Manuals, including information on Asset Retirement Obligations, Leases, Fiduciary Funds, OPEB, and more. 
  • SAO 2020 BARS Update: 
    • This training is a recording of the 2nd Annual BARS Updates for GAAP and Cash Basis BARS, including information on Asset Retirement Obligations, Fiduciary Activities, OPEB, and BARS Coding changes, annual filing updates, and more. 

Not finding what you are looking for? Check out other eLearnings available on our Solutions and Resources page.


Training Classes

Register for training classes in finance, budgeting, accounting, reporting and other relevant fields through WFOA’s Non-Conference Training page.


For more information or questions regarding any of the trainings listed above contact LGCSFeedback@sao.wa.gov.