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The Center for Government Innovation



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 can help you solve problems, reduce cost and improve the value you provide. Whether you’re tackling a specific question or simply want to improve operations, our team is available by phone, online or in person to offer assistance, programs and tools – at no additional charge.

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Get Financially Fit

Developed by the State Auditor’s Office (SAO), the Financial Intelligence Tool is an award-winning interactive program that helps local government officials assess and monitor their finances.

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Learn to be Lean
Money Bills

Local governments across Washington are regularly asked to do more with less. SAO staff can help with programs designed to get you started, and build better, smarter and leaner operations.

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Access Advice

Connect to a network of SAO experts in Washington government operations, all looking for ways to improve government. Phone, online and in-person opportunities to better manage performance, finances, transparency 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.