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Published: September 8, 2022

For the first time in three years, the annual Washington Finance Officers Association conference will be live and in person Tuesday, Sept. 13 through Friday, Sept. 16 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. As always, the WFOA conference is a unique, once-a-year opportunity to attend valuable training sessions, find out about the latest and greatest auditing and accounting resources, and share tips and advice with financial experts and your colleagues.

You can rest assured SAO will be bringing its ‘A’(udit) game with a variety of informative presentations. Below we’ve compiled a list of all the presentations SAO will be involved in this year. Some of the highlights:

  • 2022 BARS Update – Don’t miss our popular overview sessions of the latest updates to the Budgeting, Accounting and Reporting System (BARS Manual) for cash and GAAP governments.
  • Internal Controls – During the regular conference this year, we are planning sessions on payroll and credit cards, all the more important in the digital age.  
  • Cybersecurity Threats – Join SAO’s new cybersecurity specialist, Dan Mann, to learn about how SAO can help you make sure you’re moving your IT systems in a safe direction.
  • Fighting Fraud Friday – Join our “frauditors” for the latest information on how to protect your government from misappropriation. We’ll also talk about some changes in how governments report fraud to our Office.

And don’t forget: While many of us are returning to in-person work, the pandemic has permanently pushed many parts of government operations into the digital world. That’s why SAO will be debuting two essential resources for you: one on securing your ACH transfers, and another on protecting wire transfers. Stop by our booth to learn more.

SessionDate and Time
Preconference: BARS Cash Training
Speakers: Kayley Pagio, Vivian Vandenburg
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Preconference: Federal Awards Requirements Class (Including Grants)
Speaker: Felicia Den Adel
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Preconference: StrengthsFinder
Speaker: Debbie Pennick
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Preconference: Ethics for CPAs
Speaker: Scott Woelfle
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 1 to 5 p.m.
2022 Single Audit Update
Speaker: Felicia Den Adel
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 10:10 a.m.
Lunchtime remarks
Speakers: State Auditor Pat McCarthy, State Treasurer Mike Pellicciotti
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 12 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.
2022 SAO Audit Roundtable
Speakers: Kelly Collins, Tina Watkins, Brandi Pritchard, Wendy Choy
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 12 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.
Payroll Internal Controls
Speaker: Debbie Pennick
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 3 p.m.
Leases/SBITA
Speaker: Olivia Crouch
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 4 p.m.
Like It or Lean It? Decide Using Lean Methodology
Speaker: Richele Young
Thursday, Sept. 15, 10:10 a.m.
2022 BARS Update Cash
Speakers: Christie Cowgill, Kayley Pagio, Olivia Crouch
Thursday, Sept. 15, 1:40 p.m.
Tactics, Techniques and Tips: Personal Lean Insights
Speakers: Niles Kostick, Debra Hentz
Thursday, Sept. 15, 1:40 p.m.
2022 BARS Update GAAP
Speakers: Christie Cowgill, Kayley Pagio, Olivia Crouch
Thursday, Sept. 15, 3 p.m.
Credit Card Internal Controls
Speaker: Debbie Pennick
Thursday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m.
Simplify Your Life, Enjoy Your Job, and Improve Your Health with Lean Thinking
Speaker: Debra Hentz
Thursday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m.
Fighting Fraud Friday
Speaker: Stephanie Sullivan, Sarrah Superville
Friday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.
Year in Review: SAO Tells the Story of 2021 through Statewide Financial Statement Data
Speakers: Duane Walz, Niles Kostick
Friday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.
Financial Responsibilities in Cybersecurity
Speaker: Daniel Mann
Friday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m.

We can’t wait to connect with you, so be sure to visit the WFOA conference page for more information and to see a full schedule of events. You may also email wfoa@mrsc.org or call 206-625-1300, ext 100, for more information.

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