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01/16/2019 New information about internet access in Washington's cities and counties

OFM posts data about household internet access by county, city/town and census designated place based on the 2013-2017 American Community Survey. The excel sheets highlight households (number and percentage): (1) with no internet access, and (2) with access to the internet only through their cellphones.

01/15/2019 New Census 2020 job fliers

Census Bureau is recruiting. OFM posts recruiting fliers for Adams, Clark, King, Kitsap, Pierce and Thurston counties. It is an easy process and can provide you with extra income and helps your community. Apply today!

01/11/2019 New report studies options for possible Washington public bank
12/18/2018 Interactive visualization of Gov. Inslee's proposed 19-21 budget
12/13/2018 Investing in Washington’s continuing success – Inslee releases biennial budget

Gov. Jay Inslee released his 2019–21 biennial budget today that makes significant investments in clean energy, behavioral health, orca recovery, education, statewide broadband and other crucial budget investments.

“Washington is the only state that consistently ranks as a top state for business and ranks as the top state for workers. But we know that prosperity is not shared equally and we must make investments to grow our economy, protect the most vulnerable and ensure that everyone has access to opportunity,” Inslee said.

12/13/2018 Gov. Inslee's proposed 19-21 budget
11/28/2018 One Washington Integrations Update

On November 27, 2018 One Washington presented to state chief financial officers, chief information officers, application owners and information technology staff a recap of the state’s initial integrations analysis.

11/21/2018 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
11/20/2018 State revenue projection for 2017–19 increased by $163 million

Revenue forecast for 2019–21 budget increased by $196 million

OLYMPIA – Washington’s projected Near General Fund revenue collections for the 2017–19 state budget have increased by about $163 million, according to estimates released today by the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council.

“Revenue collections are essentially the same as forecast and the economy is behaving as anticipated, so the latest revisions are relatively small,” said Steve Lerch, forecast council executive director.

11/15/2018 2019–21 tentative agreements now posted online

In accordance with RCW 43.88.583, OFM has posted tentative collective bargaining agreements for the 2019–21 biennium:

The tentative agreements posted are not yet funded and therefore not in effect. If the Legislature funds the agreements in the 2019–21 biennial budgets, they will go into effect on July 1, 2019.

11/06/2018 New support website for HRMS users

WaTech and OFM are very excited to announce the launch of the HRMS Support Hub website, designed to create a user-friendly support experience for our Human Resource Management System (HRMS) professional user community.

10/12/2018 Governor Inslee launches the Complete Count 2020 Census Committee

“The U.S. census count is as American as apple pie, and you can’t make a good pie without the right ingredients. A correct census count gives our state appropriate representation in Congress and our fair share of federal funding.” - Gov. Jay Inslee

10/03/2018 2019–21 collective bargaining agreement status report and submittal
10/03/2018 Governor Inslee to formally launch the state's 2020 Census effort

Governor Jay Inslee will launch Washington’s effort to ensure a fair and accurate census in 2020 on Monday, October 8, 2018, 2–5:30 p.m., at the Brockey Center of South Seattle College. Gov Insleewill open the inaugural meeting of the statewide Complete Count Committee, composed of more than 30 representatives from the private, nonprofit, and public sectors across the state. Under the leadership of former Governor and former Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, the Washington State Complete Count Committee will provide high-level, high-visibility leadership to efforts intended to:

10/02/2018 The Connection Newsletter, Fall 2018 - news & info from Statewide Accounting
10/01/2018 NYT op-ed, Sept. 30, 2018 - A demographer's perspective on the proposed citizenship question
09/26/2018 State revenue projection for 2017–19 increased by $348 million

Revenue forecast for 2019–21 budget increased by $443 million

OLYMPIA – Washington’s projected Near General Fund revenue collections for the 2017–19 state budget have increased by nearly $348 million, according to estimates released today by the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council.

“With positive adjustments to both state personal income and employment, we have revised the latest forecast upward slightly,” said Steve Lerch, forecast council executive director.

09/21/2018 SAAM Directive 18A-05 issued September 21, 2018
09/13/2018 Agency budget requests now available online

You can now view operating budget requests that state agencies and higher education institutions have submitted to us for consideration in Gov. Inslee's 2019–21 biennial budget proposal:

Agency Budget Requests

The website is best viewed in Google Chrome browser.

09/12/2018 State’s new health care website receives national award

OLYMPIA – The state of Washington is being nationally recognized for a new website that gives consumers access to vast amounts of information about health care costs and quality.

The National Association of Health Data Organizations announced last week it has given its annual Innovation in Data Dissemination Award to the state for its Washington HealthCareCompare website.

08/30/2018 GAO report: Actions needed to address challenges to enumerating hard-to-count groups

In a report released August 27, 2018, the U.S. Government Accountability Office finds that the Census Bureau is behind on finalizing planning for efforts to reach minorities and hard-to-count populations in the 2020 census.

08/13/2018 2018 general election ballot fiscal information
08/03/2018 One Washington program update, summer 2018

One Washington provided an update to state employees in a live presentation on July 30 and a repeat presentation on July 31, 2018. The update provided a fresh orientation to the effort.

07/17/2018 State Auditor's Office - Post Audit Report for the 2015-2017 Biennium
07/16/2018 Request for proposal: organizations interested in 2020 census

The Washington State Department of Commerce is initiating a Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit proposals from organizations interested in helping ensure a complete count of people in Washington during the 2020 census. Proposals are due by August 24.

Download full RFP


Contact Jaclyn Woodson, RFP coordinator, at or 360-725.4049.

07/12/2018 Q&A related to the Janus decision by the U.S. Supreme Court
07/12/2018 One Washington July Newsletter
06/29/2018 One Washington Program Blueprint is released

The One Washington Program Blueprint

The final edition of the One Washington Program Blueprint was released June 29, 2018. This document is the go-to resource to understand where the state is headed. At the time of publishing, no other state has implemented a complete Software as a Service (SaaS) enterprise resource planning system across all of its core business domains – so Washington will be leading the curve.

06/29/2018 Washington launches online tool that lets patients compare prices for medical procedures
Washington HealthCareCompare allows consumers to compare costs for more than 80 common health care services. In addition to helping Washingtonians find affordable, high-quality health care, the database will be a valuable tool for health plan managers, consumer advocates, hospitals, physician organizations, business leaders and policymakers, who can use the site to check cost and quality performance across the state.
06/26/2018 Strong population growth in Washington continues

OLYMPIA, Wash. As of April 1, 2018, an estimated 7,427,600 people resided in the state of Washington, according to annual estimates prepared by the Washington State Office of Financial Management. The state’s population grew by 117,300 persons, a 1.6 percent increase over the past year. While state population growth remains strong by historical standards, the growth rate is down slightly from last year.

06/19/2018 State revenue projection for 2017–19 increased by $298 million

OLYMPIA – Washington’s projected Near General Fund revenue collections for the 2017–19 state budget have increased by a net $298 million, according to estimates released today by the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. 

“With collections once again running above the previous forecast, particularly given the increase in housing values, we revised the forecast upward,” said Steve Lerch, forecast council executive director.  

06/14/2018 Inslee honors 20 state government managers for outstanding performance
06/14/2018 Census Bureau now recruiting for 2020 Census jobs

The US Census Bureau has begun recruiting for a variety of jobs related to the 2020 Census. Job postings will change over time, and you can check out the current openings in Washington here:


Census Bureau - Washington Employment Opportunities


06/12/2018 2019–21 operating and capital budget instructions
06/11/2018 New system to streamline, modernize state budgeting processes

A new system that will both streamline and modernize budget development and reporting operations for Washington state agencies and for state government as a whole was launched today.

The new Agency Budget System (ABS) is a collaborative project between the state’s Office of Financial Management (OFM), which manages the state’s budgeting processes, and Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech), which lent about two dozen staff to the project through its inception in September 2016.

05/23/2018 ERDC studies link between financial aid, graduation rates

OLYMPIA – College students with fewer of their financial needs met through aid are less likely to finish their degree than those who received more financial aid. That, and other findings about the relationship between financial need and college graduation rates, are included in a report released recently by the Washington Office of Financial Management’s Education Research and Data Center.

05/21/2018 SAAM Directive 18A-02 issued May 21, 2018
05/16/2018 Budget systems modernization project update, May 2018
05/14/2018 We're hiring a Census 2020 Complete Count Committee Coordinator

The 2018-19 supplemental budget required and funded work at OFM to promote a complete count of Washingtonians in the 2020 census. Based on a Census Bureau recommendation and experience in other states in 2010, OFM is assembling a “Complete Count Committee” of key stakeholders and prominent individuals, particularly among hard to count communities, to develop strategies, activities and documents to promote a complete count of Washington residents.

04/20/2018 Join us for the One Washington recruitment open house, April 25

One Washington logo, images of tech workers

What: One Washington Recruitment Open House

When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. [add to your calendar]

04/16/2018 One Washington April newsletter
04/10/2018 Results are in — 2017 Employee Engagement Survey

This message from Governor Jay Inslee was sent out to all state employees on April 10, 2018:

Dear fellow state employee,

04/09/2018 The Connection Newsletter, Spring 2018 - news & info from Statewide Accounting
03/27/2018 Gov. Inslee's veto messages for 2018 supplemental budgets

Governor Jay Inslee signed the 2018 supplemental operating, capital and transportation budgets on March 27, 2018, while vetoing some sections. See the letters below for details.

03/27/2018 Allotment instructions for 2018 supplemental budgets
03/20/2018 We answer your questions about the IT classification & compensation restructure
03/15/2018 Budget systems modernization project update, March 15, 2018

The project team is working diligently to replace the enterprise Budget Development System (BDS) with the new Agency Budget System (ABS). In case you missed it, One Washington held a statewide system preview event on Oct 27, 2017 to provide information about ABS. The first release is scheduled for early June, just in time for agencies to prepare 2019-21 budget requests. The new system streamlines several paper-based processes and establishes a new digital framework to submit and share biennial and supplemental budget requests. Features include:

02/28/2018 Concerns with House/Senate 2018 supplemental budgets

See our "Memos to agencies and the Legislature" page for OFM concerns with House and Senate 2018 supplemental budgets

02/26/2018 New edition of Washington Data Book presents diversity of information about our state
02/15/2018 State revenue projections for 2017–19 increase by $628 million

Washington’s projected Near General Fund revenue collections for the 2017–19 state budget have increased by nearly $628 million, according to estimates released today by the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council.

“With collections running above the previous forecast and continued positive signs in the underlying economy, we revised the forecast upward,” said Steve Lerch, forecast council executive director.

Today’s forecast is the largest quarterly increase for the state since before the Great Recession.

02/12/2018 Inslee, Murray, Jayapal to be recognized for support of national service
02/09/2018 Arlington mayor: Local governments need to get involved early in 2020 Census planning and outreach

In an op-ed in The Marysville Globe this week, Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert outlines why her city is engaging early on outreach and data preparation for the 2020 Census:

01/31/2018 Uninsured rate at record low, according to study of ACA impacts
01/26/2018 Allotment instructions and temporary spending authority for 2018 supplemental capital budget
01/24/2018 One Washington Program Blueprint v2

The One Washington program has been busy working with stakeholders in a variety of interviews and workshops.  This work has been summarized throughout version two of the Program Blueprint.  This document is the second of three versions, which describes the timeline and budget for modernizing and improving aging administrative systems and related business processes that are common throughout state government.

01/22/2018 How the success of the 2020 Census is at risk and what we plan to do about it
01/19/2018 Status update on the IT classification and compensation restructure
01/09/2018 The Connection Newsletter, Winter 2018 - news & info from Statewide Accounting
01/08/2018 Nominations open for Governor's Awards for Leadership in Management

The Governor's Award for Leadership in Management is an annual award that recognizes managers in state government who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through performance results in the previous year. The governor is seeking nominees who have achieved results, demonstrated leadership competencies and prioritized cultivating an innovative and inclusive work environment. The criterion has a focus on utilizing continuous process improvement principles. Nominations are due March 5, 2018.

12/21/2017 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards accepting nominations


12/20/2017 SAAM Directive 18A-01 issued Dec. 20, 2017
12/16/2017 Recommendations on prescription drug price transparency legislation

In 2001, prescription drug costs represented 13 percent of the health care cost for an average American family; by 2017, those costs had grown to 17 percent. Given prescription drugs’ burgeoning share of health care costs — and the collective outrage over inexplicable price hikes highlighted recently in various media reports — concerns over prescription drug prices have been mounting. Absent any federal initiatives, states are now exploring options to address these rising prices.

12/14/2017 Inslee releases supplemental budget proposal including full funding of basic education by 2018 school year

Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday released his 2018 supplemental budget, which adds nearly $1 billion to fully fund basic education in time for the 2018 school year and makes modest new investments for emerging and urgent needs such as tools to combat the opioid crisis, emergency preparedness, protection for endangered orcas and mental health.

12/01/2017 Annual update report on the all-payer health care claims database
11/22/2017 One Washington December newsletter
11/21/2017 General Fund balance sheet - Nov. 20, 2017
11/20/2017 State revenue forecast for 2017–19 budget inches upward

OLYMPIA – Washington’s projected Near General Fund revenue collections for the 2017–19 state budget have increased by nearly $319 million, according to estimates released today by the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. The increased revenue estimate is a 0.7 percent increase over the previous forecast.

“The U.S. and Washington economies continue to perform largely as expected in our September forecast,” said Steve Lerch, forecast council executive director. “As a result, we have made relatively small adjustments in our forecast update.”

11/08/2017 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) transmitted

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is a thorough and detailed presentation of the state's financial condition. It reports on the state's activities and balances for each fiscal year.

You can read the 2017 edition of the CAFR here.


11/03/2017 New budget system preview event recording posted online


Agency Budget System preview presentation, 10/27/17 from Office of Financial Management on Vimeo.

10/28/2017 Agency request decision packages for 2018 supplemental budget available online
10/27/2017 One Washington Blueprint v1 Executive Summary
10/20/2017 Welcome to our new website

Welcome to our new website. We hope you like it. Here are six things that have changed for the better:

10/01/2017 The Connection Newsletter, Fall 2017 - news & info from Statewide Accounting
09/30/2017 Comparing counties by state expenditures and revenues - updated report
09/26/2017 Opportunity to preview the new state budget system, Oct. 27

Please join us for an exciting opportunity to see the latest work on the Budget System Modernization project! We will preview the prototype for the system that will replace the Budget Development System (BDS) in June 2018. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A with the project team and we will announce the winner of the new system naming contest!

When:  Friday October 27, 2017, 9–11 a.m.

Where:  1500 Jefferson Street, 1st Floor, Presentation Room 1213

09/22/2017 Update on IT classification implementation

During July and August 2017 Statewide IT Position Evaluation teams evaluated over 4,000 IT position descriptions for placement in the new IT classification structure.  The project team is currently working with agency and institution HR offices to validate the initial evaluation results.  Additionally, scheduling of evaluations is in process for a number of positions that did not go through the evaluation process conducted during the formal evaluation sessions this summer. 

09/21/2017 SAAM Directive 17A-06 issued Sept. 21, 2017
09/20/2017 State revenue forecast for 2017-19 budget grows by $288 million

OLYMPIA – Washington’s projected Near General Fund revenue collections for the 2017–19 state budget have increased by about $288 million, according to estimates released today by the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council.

“The national economic trends we’ve identified in recent forecasts are holding relatively steady, while the state economy is slightly stronger than expected in June” said Steve Lerch, forecast council executive director. “This quarter’s update reflects these modest changes.”

08/25/2017 SAAM Directive 17A-05 issued Aug 25, 2017
08/08/2017 2018 Supplemental budget instructions
08/02/2017 Program Blueprint kick-off event materials
The One Washington program hosted a kick-off event in July. Over 200 people attended.
07/27/2017 Budget due dates and deliverables, summer 2017
07/24/2017 New report examines hospitalizations for potentially preventable health conditions

The Office of Financial Management’s Health Care Research Center is pleased to announce the release of a new research brief, “Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations by Legislative District.

This report examines hospitalizations for eleven conditions that, in theory, would not have required inpatient care if the patients had had timely access to primary or secondary care services such as vaccinations, antibiotics, regular physician office visits, etc.

07/18/2017 2017 fiscal year activities

During the 2015–17 biennium, our focus will be in six areas. These areas — called work streams — include planning for implementing systems and readiness preparation activities. Each work stream will help prepare for an integrated approach to business processes and supporting systems. The ultimate goal is providing accurate, usable data for decision makers in all the statewide enterprise areas.

07/13/2017 One Washington Blueprint Kickoff

Be sure to mark your calendars for our Blueprint Kick-off Event for the One Washington program!

To kick-off the work for the new biennium of the Program Blueprint we are hosting an event to share important information with you.  The One Washington Program Blueprint will plan, budget, and structure our business transformation and system implementations into achievable, incremental, fundable projects. This detailed plan will provide the support we need to move forward.

07/06/2017 One Washington’s first newsletter

The program recently published our first newsletter, sharing information about a wide variety of efforts underway, including the go-live of the Facilities Portfolio Management Tool, the strategic partner Blueprint kick-off event, and much more!

06/30/2017 Population growth in Washington remains strong
Washington’s population grew by an estimated 126,600 persons, a 1.76 percent increase over the past year — the largest percentage increase since 2006.
06/30/2017 April 1, 2017 population estimates estimates now available
06/20/2017 State revenue forecast for 2017–19 budget grows by $80 million
Revenue projection for current biennium increases by $79 million
06/14/2017 List of General Government HR Directors

Roster of general government HR Directors

05/30/2017 2017–19 allotment instructions
05/22/2017 Strategic partner competitive procurement announcement

On April 21, 2017 Accenture LLP (Accenture) was announced as the Apparently Successful Bidder (ASB) to serve as the state’s Strategic Partner for the One Washington Program. To learn more, visit the Strategic Partner page.

05/01/2017 Lunch and Learn sessions offer collaboration opportunity for state HR community

OFM State HR is launching the Lunch and Learn series, monthly hour-long sessions that will provide training and resources to state agency human resources staff. With these sessions, we aim to promote collaboration and learning within the state’s human resources community.

04/20/2017 One Washington program overview

One Washington provided an update of recent achievements and upcoming objectives of each of the program work streams. The One Washington program overview was shared with stakeholders.

03/20/2017 Employment verification and W-2s

If you're looking to verify employment of workers from state agencies, or get information about W-2s, please contact the employing agency HR office.

03/16/2017 State revenue forecast for current budget grows by $258 million
Revenue projection for next biennium increases by $313 million
02/17/2017 Chart of Accounts presentations

OFM conducted three presentations on the Chart of Accounts (COA) project and data governance plan.  The first presentation was at the Financial Management Advisory Council meeting on January 26th.  Due to the limited size of the room, two follow up presentations were conducted on Feb 7th and 14th in the OB2 auditorium.

01/05/2017 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards accepting nominations
Serve Washington is accepting nominations for the 13th annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards.
12/14/2016 Inslee’s budget proposal fully funds K-12 education, launches overhaul of mental health system
Budget will follow expert recommendations for more psychiatric hospital staff and add significant community resources
12/13/2016 Gov. Inslee: Fully fund K-12 schools now
Governor releases plan to fully fund basic education, promote strategies to recruit great teachers and support struggling students
11/16/2016 State revenue forecast for current budget grows by $222 million
Revenue projection for next biennium increases by $132 million
10/19/2016 AmeriCorps celebrates 1 million members
Serve Washington will host hundreds of local AmeriCorps members to celebrate a major milestone for the national service program that started in 1994: surpassing 1 million AmeriCorps members.
09/21/2016 State revenue forecast for current budget grows by $336 million
Revenue projection for next biennium increases by $134 million
07/20/2016 Changes to

Between February and August 2016, we're making some changes to the website. Much of the content on the site will be moved to the websites of the three agencies that now carry out state HR services and policy functions. will become a portal site to make sure you can still find the services and information you need. We'll also ensure that the links you currently use still get you to the right place.

Where will content move to?

This list will be updated as we complete the move for each section:

06/30/2016 Washington’s population grows at fastest pace since 2007
Washington’s population grew by an estimated 1.73 percent over the past year — the largest percentage increase since 2007.
06/29/2016 Gov. Inslee honors 22 state government managers for excellence in leadership

Gov. Jay Inslee today honored state agency managers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership. The 2016 Governor’s Award for Leadership in Management was presented to 22 recipients at an awards luncheon at the Executive Residence.

This year’s recipients were recognized for a wide range of accomplishments, including work to save taxpayer dollars, improve communications with local governments, small businesses and the public, and protect public health.

06/15/2016 State revenue forecast for current budget grows by $308 million
Washington’s projected Near General Fund revenue collections for the current two-year state budget have increased by $308 million.
02/23/2016 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards accepting nominations
Serve Washington is accepting nominations for the 12th annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards, which recognize individuals, volunteer groups and families for their volunteer efforts.
02/17/2016 State lowers revenue forecast due to global, national slowdown
Washington’s projected Near General Fund revenue collections for the current two-year state budget have declined by $78 million.