The Center for Government Innovation

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Access the knowledge and resources to help your local government innovate and improve.

Helping local governments help the people they serve

We have resources to help local governments throughout Washington work better. We offer tools and services to help you solve problems and improve operations. Our team is available by phone, online or in person to offer assistance at no additional cost.

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Lean Services

We help you improve how work gets done. Whether it's purchasing, payroll, or any other area, Lean services can help your government optimize efficiency, quality and customer service.

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Teambuilding Workshops

We offer engaging and interactive teambuilding and leadership workshops to help strengthen your team, increase trust and productivity, and promote workplace harmony and employee satisfaction.

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Local governments are attractive targets for cyber criminals. That's why we created the #BeCyberSmart program, which includes free checkups, resources and training, to help governments improve their overall cyber health.

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Financial Intelligence Tool

Developed by the State Auditor's Office (SAO), the interactive Financial Intelligence Tool (FIT) gives you the data you need to help your government make better business decisions and improve its financial health.

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Resource Library

We provide a variety of free guides, checklists, and best practices to help governments improve internal controls, grants management, procurement practices, financial reporting, operations, technology and more.

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Technical Advice

Connect with the Center's experts in Washington government operations to get answers to your questions about internal controls, procurement, financial reporting, cybersecurity and more.

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The tools, programs and support provided to local governments are supported by the funding created when Washington voters passed Initiative 900 in 2005, authorizing SAO to undertake performance audits.