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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 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
eLearnings
In Person Trainings

Annual BARS Update Training

The Annual BARS Update webinars occur in the fall each year. The webinars are a no-cost, CPE eligible training offered by SAO’s Local Government Support Team. Webinar topics include accounting and reporting updates coming to the BARS Manuals, annual report filing changes, new BARS codes, and more.

Webinar recordings of the 2022 BARS Updates 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, 2022 are due by May 30, 2023.

Webinars

These webinars will provide an overview of annual report’s components and a walk-through of the online reporting system.

2022 webinar recordings of the fiscal year 2021 filing system overview can be found in the eLearnings section below.

2023 webinar registration for fiscal year 2022 filing is now open!

One on One Workshops

We offer one-on-one filing workshops for local governments that have started the filing process and have specific questions. The workshops will be virtual, using video or conference call services.

Local governments will be able to register for a one-hour time slot for individualized assistance.

2023 One on One Workshop registration for the fiscal year 2022 filing season is now open!

Filing support

For assistance or filing support please contact LGCSFeedback@sao.wa.gov or call the voicemail line (564) 201-2975.


eLearnings

The State Auditor’s Office is pleased to offer free, web-based training.

Open for registration
  • New live webinars coming soon! 
Recorded eLearning
  • 2022 BARS Update *Added November 14, 2022*
    • This is a recording of the 2022 BARS Update webinar recording from October 2022. This 100 minute recording with SAO’s Local Government Support Team provides updates on the changes coming to the BARS Manuals in December 2022, including important accounting and reporting updates that effect GAAP and Cash governments, annual report filing changes, and more. The second half of the recording will provide training on the leases changes that are effective for fiscal year 2022 accounting and reporting. 
  • 2021 BARS Update  
    • This training is a recording of the October 2021 webinar for the 3rd Annual BARS Updates for GAAP and Cash Basis BARS, including information on Landfill closure vs. Pollution Remediation vs. Asset Retirement Obligations, Fiduciary Activities, BARS Coding changes, annual filing updates, and more. 
  • Annual Online Filing System webinar *Added April 26, 2022*:
    • This video is designed for new users or local governments who would like a refresher on how to use the online reporting system. This webinar will include an overview of the annual report’s components and a walk-through of the online reporting system, applicable for Fiscal Year 2021 filing.
  • 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.
  • OPEB for Cash Basis Governments (eLearning runs 41:00)
    • This webinar covers the Other Post-Employment Benefits reporting requirements, resources, and tools available for Cash Basis local governments. 
  • Pension Calculations for Cash Basis Governments – DRS Plans (eLearning runs 21:58) *New! Added January 18, 2023*
    • This video demonstrates how cash basis governments can use the SAO Cash Pension Worksheet to calculate their net pension liabilities and net pension assets for their pension plans administered by the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS). 

Not finding what you are looking for? Check out other eLearnings available on our Improving Training Videos 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.