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Posts for May 2020

Countering Racial Bias and Harassment Related to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Countering Racial Bias and Harassment Related to the COVID-19 Outbreak

May 29, 2020 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Inclusive Communities , COVID-19

This blog post looks at how agencies in Washington State can counter racial bias and harassment that has arisen due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Planning for the Expiration of the State

Planning for the Expiration of the State's PRA and OPMA Waivers

May 28, 2020 by Steve Gross
Category: Open Public Meetings Act , Public Records Act , COVID-19

This blog provides agencies with options for planning for their upcoming meetings, and it discusses how the eventual expiration of the state's OPMA and the PRA waivers may affect agency operations.

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New Legislation on Temporary Homeless Encampments

New Legislation on Temporary Homeless Encampments

May 26, 2020 by Oskar Rey
Category: New Legislation and Regulations , Homelessness

ESHB 1754 takes effect on June 11, 2020, and imposes additional conditions on cities and counties when regulating religious organizations hosting the homeless.

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 Cities, Towns, Counties to Receive CARES Act Funds

Cities, Towns, Counties to Receive CARES Act Funds

May 19, 2020 by Toni Nelson
Category: Revenues , COVID-19

The State of Washington has now shared a portion of its CARES Act funding with certain cities, towns, and counties in the form of grants that reimburse expenses incurred. This blog post provides an overview of what an agency can expect in applying for these grants.  

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Unemployment Claims Fraud Rises During COVID-19 Pandemic

Unemployment Claims Fraud Rises During COVID-19 Pandemic

May 18, 2020 by Mike Bailey
Category: Cybersecurity , COVID-19

Unemployment claims fraud is rising. This blog will help you understand the issue, determine how to protect your agency, and help you provide advice to your employees.

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Planning for the Safe Reopening of Public Buildings

Planning for the Safe Reopening of Public Buildings

May 14, 2020 by Steve Butler
Category: COVID-19

Local governments are in the process of planning how and when they will reopen facilities, both for staff and for the public. This blog post offers some suggestions to consider in a phased reopening. 

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The Fourth of July in the Shadow of a Pandemic

The Fourth of July in the Shadow of a Pandemic

May 12, 2020 by Laura Crandall
Category: Administration and Management , COVID-19

As Washington local governments are still grappling with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities, many across the state are deciding how to celebrate the Fourth of July in a safe and responsible manner.

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Choosing the Right Annual Financial Report for Your Entity

Choosing the Right Annual Financial Report for Your Entity

May 11, 2020 by Mike Bailey
Category: Financial Reporting

In the final installment of this four-part series, this blog post compares cash-basis and GAAP-reporting options for filing the required annual financial report.

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Sharing is Caring: The Federal CARES Act and Local Governments

Sharing is Caring: The Federal CARES Act and Local Governments

May 7, 2020 by Linda Gallagher
Category: Revenues , COVID-19

This article provides an overview of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act as it applies to the needs of local governments.  

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COVID-19: Where Things Stand as of May 6

COVID-19: Where Things Stand as of May 6

May 6, 2020 by Steve Gross
Category: Open Public Meetings Act , Utilities - Billing and Collection , Public Records Act , COVID-19

This blog post provides an overview of the the governor's and the legislature's actions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington, including summarizing recent developments and resources. 

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Election Deadlines and COVID-19

Election Deadlines and COVID-19

May 4, 2020 by Jill Dvorkin
Category: Elections , COVID-19

This blog post looks at Washington State's upcoming elections-related filing deadlines and how these can be completed electronically rather than in person. 

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