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April 2020


Annual Financial Reporting Options: Cash-Basis

Annual Financial Reporting Options: Cash-Basis

April 30, 2020 by Toni Nelson
Category: Financial Reporting

This blog post describes the cash-basis reporting option available to local governments for filing an annual financial report.

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Public Records Considerations in the Era of Telecommuting

Public Records Considerations in the Era of Telecommuting

April 27, 2020 by Sarah Doar
Category: Public Records Act , Operating Policies

This blog post looks at how an agency can exercise some control over its public records when these may be located — or taken — outside the workplace.

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Events and Programs: A COVID-19 Community Conundrum

Events and Programs: A COVID-19 Community Conundrum

April 23, 2020 by Laura Crandall
Category: Programs , COVID-19

This blog looks at what Washington local governments are doing when it comes to their scheduled summer events and programs. 

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Engaging in a Pixelated Public Square

Engaging in a Pixelated Public Square

April 20, 2020 by Laura Crandall
Category: Legislative Body , COVID-19

This blog post looks at which video platforms are best for what use, how public comment may be made for remote public meetings, and discusses various electronic public engagement platforms.

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Furloughs and More: Employer Options During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Furloughs and More: Employer Options During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 16, 2020 by Oskar Rey
Category: Termination , COVID-19

This blog post looks at an employer's options for managing its workforce during the region-wide shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Additional Rights for Employees at High Risk for Coronavirus Complications

Additional Rights for Employees at High Risk for Coronavirus Complications

April 15, 2020 by Karen Sutherland
Category: Leave Policies , COVID-19

This blog post reviews Proclamation 20-46, which provides additional rights and protections for workers at high risk for coronavirus complications.

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Using Electronic Signatures During Emergencies

Using Electronic Signatures During Emergencies

April 13, 2020 by Flannary Collins
Category: COVID-19

This blog post looks at how an agency can use electronic rather than ink signatures to process documents and keep its operations going, even in the event of an emergency. 

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Handling Development Permitting and Inspections During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Handling Development Permitting and Inspections During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 10, 2020 by Steve Butler
Category: Land Use Administration , COVID-19

This blog post describes different issues and strategies currently being used by local governments to handle development permitting and inspections during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Risk Management During Pandemic and Widespread Illness

Risk Management During Pandemic and Widespread Illness

April 9, 2020 by Roger Neal
Category: Management , COVID-19

This blog post looks at how agencies can apply risk management strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Being Cyber Aware in the Age of COVID-19

Being Cyber Aware in the Age of COVID-19

April 8, 2020 by Tracy Burrows
Category: Cybersecurity , COVID-19

This blog posts looks at cyber threats that have taken advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and offers tips for local governments to help protect their resources. 

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Waiving Competitive Bidding Requirements in the Event of an Emergency

Waiving Competitive Bidding Requirements in the Event of an Emergency

April 6, 2020 by MRSC Insight
Category: Purchasing and Contracting , COVID-19

This blog post reviews the rules relating to waiving competitive bidding requirements during emergency situations.

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New Federal Laws Support Employees During the COVID-19 Pandemic

New Federal Laws Support Employees During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 3, 2020 by Linda Gallagher
Category: Leave Policies , COVID-19

This blog looks at resources that can help a local government provide financial support for employees, including the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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