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How SAO will audit Washington’s Employment Security Department in light of major unemployment fraud

August 14, 2020

At the State Auditor’s Office, we’ve heard from members of the public, the Legislature and the media interested to know about the work we are conducting at the state Employment Security Department (ESD). The agency was targeted in a major unemployment benefits fraud scheme earlier this year. SAO is conducting a series of audits of ESD to address three main areas of concern in the unemployment insurance program.

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Building and planning go virtual

August 12, 2020

The permitting counter was usually a busy place at a local city or county government, with contractors and homeowners stopping in to ask questions or buy permits. Most entities have probably made changes to their processes to reduce interpersonal contact since the pandemic started.

For some, it might be time to re-evaluate if your temporary solution is working for you and what other options you might have. Here is a current list of the resources we have found that could help you.

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FIT gets fitter

August 6, 2020

We have refreshed our Financial Intelligence Tool (FIT) with fiscal year 2019 data submitted by local governments, as well as some new enhancements!

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Five things to consider when choosing an online meeting platform

July 28, 2020

Many local governments found themselves abruptly thrust into the world of online meetings when state-level mandates to prevent the spread of coronavirus forced them to cancel in-person events. After several months’ experience, you might be reconsidering your initial choice. We have assembled a short list of five things to consider when choosing an online meeting platform.