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Improve your cybersecurity without breaking your budget

May 19, 2022

Cyberattack warnings can leave small local governments stressed and overwhelmed as they try to balance the need for increased cybersecurity and finding funds to pay for it. What you may not know is that help is available to your government at little to no cost, and you can get started today! We’ve identified three important steps you can take to defend your government against cybercrime.


Messy buildup in your vendor master file? It’s time for some spring cleaning!

May 18, 2022

Spring has sprung, and it’s time to start cleaning up your financial records from years’ past! Why not tackle the messy buildup in your vendor master file? This database file containing information about your government’s vendors needs a periodic scrubbing. Cleaning your vendor master file will require a well-coordinated plan. It’s likely that the project could span several months. To get you started, we’ve compiled some easy steps to follow.


Stay on top of piggybacking requirements with SAO’s updated guide

May 11, 2022

Piggybacking is the ability to use another government’s bid award without going through your own competitive process. It can be complicated, which is why we have updated our guide—Piggybacking under Washington State Law—to address your most common questions and alert you to changes in our guidance. Don’t worry: It still includes a step-by-step approach to piggybacking, as well as an optional checklist for you to use!


SAO’s latest and greatest resources for schools

April 27, 2022

We’re excited to see you in person at this year’s annual WASBO conference. Since we last saw you—virtually in 2021—we’ve updated some of your favorite resources, like the school’s financial statement review and preparation checklist, and made some changes to our piggybacking best practices guide. We’ve also launched new guides and checklists for payroll and accounts payable that you won’t want to miss. And with the influx of federal money to school districts, we’ve created a new tool to help with your federal grant programs. Stop by our booth to learn more about these resources!


Are you evaluating the risks to your federal programs? SAO has a new tool to get you started

April 14, 2022

Imagine you are planning an expensive Hawaiian vacation—your first in two years. One of the first things you check is whether any of the costs are refundable if something were to prevent you from going. When you learn you could lose your deposit if you pull out of the trip, you plan to buy trip insurance just to be safe. In other words, you’ve identified a risk and found a way to mitigate it.


SAO debuts new training on cash handling internal controls and fraud prevention

April 6, 2022

Do you have cash handling responsibilities in your organization? A new online, on-demand training from the Center for Government Innovation will help you design good internal controls and understand common cash receipting fraud schemes. You’ll also learn how to develop cash handling best practices and the steps you should take if your organization experiences or suspects fraud.