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State Administrative and Accounting Manual Improvements

The State Administrative and Accounting Manual (SAAM) contains statewide policies and procedures and are the minimum requirements that state agencies must meet. The Office of Financial Management is required by the Budget and Accounting Act (RCW 43.88.160) to establish a Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)-based accounting system and procedures, as necessary, to provide for accountability of the state's assets and compliance to its laws and regulations. All agencies of the state of Washington must comply with this manual, unless otherwise exempted by statute.

In preparation for implementation of Workday, Statewide Accounting staff are reviewing the manual in detail to:

  • Identify areas of improvement
  • Correct outdated policies
  • Improve the user experience, and
  • Identify policies that may require a change with the new system.

Once the policies have been updated, Statewide Accounting will share with users and request feedback before the existing manual will be replaced.

The first version of the new manual is expected to be complete by the summer of 2021.

For additional information

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