Announcements

SAO is transitioning to SecureShare on Sept. 1

Earlier this summer we announced SAO would be phasing in SecureShare, our new data-sharing tool for audits. Starting Sept. 1, SecureShare will be our primary tool for exchanging audit information with state and local governments.

As part of our transition, we are in the process of emailing clients with invitations to join their dedicated share space in SecureShare. The invitation email will be from SAOSecureShare [at] sao [dot] wa [dot] gov. Please add this email address to your organization's “safe sender” list to ensure you receive it.

Audit of federal dollars in Washington state reviews pandemic-related spike in spending

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 8, 2022

OLYMPIA – The Office of the Washington State Auditor's annual audit of federal money spent in the state revealed 61 areas of concern across 21 federal programs. Because of a lack of documentation, auditors were unable to audit one entire program, calling into question at least $271 million in spending.

These issues and more can be found today in an accessible summary of the extensive audit report by the State Auditor's Office (SAO).

Coming soon: SAO’s SecureShare, a customized data-sharing and collaboration tool for audits

Local governments and state agencies soon will have access to SAO's SecureShare—a safe, simple tool for exchanging data during audits.

SAO developed SecureShare after consultation with Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech), the state's IT agency. Our programmers and technicians then worked with Microsoft to develop SecureShare, a customized application built on trusted, reliable technology.

National auditors group honors SAO staff for contributions to auditing, performance audit report

Employees and projects from the Office of the Washington State Auditor (SAO) were recently honored at the annual conference of the National State Auditors Association (NSAA) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Scott DeViney, who serves as Assistant Director of Quality Assurance at SAO, was honored with a President's Award for his contributions to NSAA's 2021 Peer Review Training Taskforce. With a small group of volunteers from other state audit offices, DeViney developed a series of training videos on the peer review process.

Thanks for submitting your annual report on time

We at SAO extend our thanks to every local government that filed its fiscal year 2021 annual report on time! This year, approximately 88 percent of local governments—2 percent more than last year—met the annual filing deadline, proving once again that compliance, accountability and transparency matter in Washington state.

We've updated the infographic below to show which governments filed on time, which filed late, and which haven't filed yet. How does your county compare to the rest? The graphic still updates daily, so check back as often as you'd like.