The Audit Connection Blog

Do you have a tip hotline? Here are reasons to consider implementing one

A tip hotline offers an anonymous way for people to report concerns via phone, mail or internet about suspected fraud, waste or abuse, policy or law violations, and questionable accounting practices. If you are interested in starting a hotline, you can find additional help and information in SAO’s resource Making it Easy to Report Concerns. ... CONTINUE READING

State has made progress in testing sexual assault kits, but backlog remains, audit shows

Washington has followed best practices in speeding the testing of sexual assault kits and has implemented a kit tracking system, a new performance audit by the Office of the Washington State Auditor found. However, a backlog of untested kits remains. ... CONTINUE READING

Do you have employees working remotely? Help them protect your government’s data

Working from home has many benefits, but it also brings additional risks because remote workers are more vulnerable to cybercrime than those who work in the office. SAO shares tips to help work-from-home employees keep households safe and secure from cyber threats.   ... CONTINUE READING

What do hackers want? Anything they can take from your government

Keeping information safe and secure isn’t a new challenge for governments, but the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced governments to quickly shift to online or hybrid workplaces, has made the job tougher. If you haven’t had time to update your cybersecurity policies in light of the shift to remote and hybrid work, we offer four steps you can take now to better protect your government against cyberattacks. ... CONTINUE READING

External peer review finds SAO’s quality controls system, audit procedures meet professional standards

The Office of the Washington State Auditor has passed its external peer review, a rigorous independent examination of the Office’s quality control system and audit work conducted every three years.  ... CONTINUE READING

SAO’s Janel Roper named among Washington’s top state managers

Janel Roper, the Office of the Washington State Auditor’s Director of Administrative Services, is a 2022 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Leadership in Management. The annual award recognizes extraordinary leadership in state government in the previous year. ... CONTINUE READING

BARS coding for revenue received from state opioid lawsuit

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Oct. 3 that 125 local governments in Washington will receive $215 million under a resolution with three companies found responsible for fueling the opioid epidemic.  ... CONTINUE READING

What exactly is a data breach?

While breaches at large companies often dominate the headlines, cybercriminals are also hacking local and state governments, public and private universities, and school districts. We’ve put together some helpful information on what data breaches are and the steps you should take if you suspect or know you have experienced one. ... CONTINUE READING

Cybersecurity is everyone’s job, including yours

When it comes to thwarting cybercrime, everyone in your government has a role to play. Here are a few key best practices that you and your employees can implement today to protect your government. ... CONTINUE READING

A Message from State Auditor Pat McCarthy

State Auditor Pat McCarthy discusses how the Auditor's Office has been working to maintain and even increase government accountability during the coronavirus pandemic. ... CONTINUE READING