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Change Management, Lesson One

September 22, 2017

Government staff all over Washington often ask me where to start when they seek to improve a process like permits, asset management, approval queues and so on. To answer this, I ask them: Do you have a change management strategy in place?

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The State Auditor’s Office and MRSC expand financial policy guidance

April 27, 2017

Financial policies are an essential component of any local government’s financial health, but financial policy needs vary considerably from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Different types of entities (cities, towns, counties, and special purpose districts) have different needs depending on size, scope of activities, organizational and staffing structures, contractual and program structures, and the governing body’s values and priorities.

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We value local government feedback

November 3, 2016

The Budgeting, Accounting, and Reporting System (BARS) roundtables are underway in various locations all over the state.  Discussion in these free three hour meetings presented by the State Auditor’s Office, includes many topics such as: Information on changes to the BARS manual,   a preview of requirements for upcoming GASB standards, demonstration of the Financial Analysis Tool (FIT), and discussion of other valuable resources and trainings free to local governments.

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For the Love of Washington Cities

September 28, 2016

As a partner in the Government Performance Consortium (GPC) initiative, we are excited to share with you a mini-documentary about the first Love of Cities Tour in Washington State, which has sparked tremendous excitement across our state for new ways to connect cities and citizens in co-creating more vibrant, healthy and resilient communities.

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New checklist for Cash Basis financial statements

September 21, 2016

The State Auditor’s Office is responsible for examining the financial affairs of all local governments in the state. We conduct more than 2,000 audits of local governments each year. Using the results of those audits, our Office then evaluates the overall patterns and that were reported.

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Who’s using FIT (Financial Intelligence Tool)?

April 12, 2016

On January 27, 2016, our Office published a follow-up to a report we issued last year on local government financial reporting. This year’s results show that our outreach efforts have contributed to a greater number of local governments filing their reports as required by law for fiscal year 2014.

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