Published: September 9, 2021

The Center for Government Innovation, a service of the Office of the Washington State Auditor, has been working hard to provide local governments the tools they need.

Just released: Payroll Guide and Internal Controls Checklist

This new Payroll Guide includes a suite of short, one-to-two-page resources for different roles and topics. This guide has something for you, whether you are:

  • A leader developing a policy or looking for ways to save time and money over payroll processes
  • A manager hoping to reduce risk in your payroll operation
  • A supervisor looking to improve monitoring over payroll payments
  • A payroll clerk responsible for processing payroll

Additionally, we have an Internal Controls Checklist for Payroll Systems that contains a series of questions to evaluate your internal controls. Set your government up for success by evaluating your controls system using this list of best practices.

Other internal control resources

If you want to improve or evaluate your cash receipting system, our Cash Receipting Guide and Internal Control Checklist are great places to start.

Coming soon

Work on your cash receipting and payroll now, because an accounts payable and a billing/accounts receivable guide and related internal controls checklists will be coming soon!

We’ll also be publishing best practices on managing and monitoring fuel purchases.

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If you’d like to reach out to us with questions or feedback, feel free to email us at Center@sao.wa.gov. We’d love to hear from you!

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