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Summary infographic of the 2020 State of Washington Single Audit

October 18, 2021

Every year, SAO audits state agencies for compliance with certain requirements that come with federal awards. This visual report provides a summary of our 2020 Single Audit, including a breakdown of where pandemic funding went, how spent agencies spent federal money, and how Washington can improve its compliance with federal rules.

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New accounts payable checklist can help you create strong controls

October 13, 2021

We recently released a new accounts payable internal control checklist that you can use to evaluate your existing internal control systems and identify potential areas for improvement. Periodically reevaluating your control systems is a best practice. Your government should consider doing this annually, unless staffing or system changes require a more frequent review.

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K&P leadership series: Encouraging the heart

October 13, 2021

“Encourage the heart,” one of the five behaviors in the Kouzes and Posner (K&P) Leadership Challenge, can help you connect with your new team as a new leader. Encouraging the heart will help you create a team culture built on genuine respect and caring behavior. To do this, you need to focus on two areas at the same time: recognizing individual contributions and valuing team accomplishments.

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FIT Data Stories: New 2020 financial data tells a story of COVID-19

October 7, 2021

2020 was anything but normal, and we can look at the annual reports that Washington’s cities and towns recently submitted to see how the COVID-19 pandemic affected their operations. How did the pandemic affect sales tax collections? How did federal funding support our cities and towns as they navigated the economic challenges of the pandemic?

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Increase your government’s account security with multi-factor authentication

October 6, 2021

Strengthening your government’s guard against the threats that compromised passwords pose is a necessary control for decreasing the risk of unauthorized users gaining access to your computers, network, or database. In this post, we explain how passwords get compromised and how multi-factor authentication (MFA) can help governments improve their account security to better protect their systems.

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A message from State Auditor Pat McCarthy: Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility

September 30, 2021

It can be tempting to think it’s the experts’ job to keep us safe online. We trust our colleagues who are IT professionals and the technology services we use to stay up to date on the latest threats. But all of us, whether or not we are technology experts, have a part to play in cybersecurity. That’s why this year’s theme for October’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month is “Do your part, #BeCyberSmart.”

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K&P leadership series: Enabling others to act

September 29, 2021

“Enabling others to act,” one of the five behaviors in the Kouzes and Posner (K&P) Leadership Challenge, can help you create an environment for your team that allows it to learn and grow while achieving your organization’s goals. Enabling others focuses on helping you foster collaboration and grow your self-confidence to strengthen others—important skills for new supervisors.

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