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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
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 important accounting and reporting updates coming to the BARS Manuals, annual report filing changes, new BARS codes, and more.

Registration is OPEN! Click link below to register for the appropriate date and time.


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, 2021 are due by May 30, 2022.

May 30, 2022 is a holiday, therefore SAO staff will not be available for filing support on this date. We encourage governments to file early and seek support the Monday – Friday before the deadline.

2021 annual filing season workshops and webinars will be announced soon.

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.

Open for registration
  • New live webinars coming soon! 
Recorded eLearning
  • 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 2020 BARS Update: 
    • This training is a recording of the October 2020 webinar for 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.