For Immediate Release
January 26, 2016
Office of the Utah State Auditor announces new training courses designed for
elected officials in local governments
New online videos provide rapid overview of fiduciary responsibilities for
existing and newly-elected local government officials
Salt Lake City, UTAH –
The Office of the Utah State Auditor (Office) announces the latest addition to its online training and information resources to assist local governments. The Office launched a set of online training videos specifically designed to help elected and appointed officials of local governmental entities.
The courses provide a high level overview of key concepts related to local government administration and finance in Utah. Newly launched courses, approximately 10 minutes in length each, include:
- Introduction to Budgeting
- Introduction to the Open and Public Meetings Act (OPMA)
- Introduction to the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA)
- Separation of Duties Between the Clerk and Treasurer
- Hiring an Independent Auditor
With these new training videos, the Office continues its efforts to use technology to help accomplish the mission of the Office, ensuring the timeliness and accessibility of crucial information, while enhancing transparency and reducing costs. The Office also provides recorded webinars designed to deliver key information for local government finance professionals in a timely manner. By reducing the travel of local government officials, the Office’s online training resources help to reduce the time and cost demands of training.
Local officials wishing to take the free courses should visit the elected officials training page on the Office’s website at http://auditor.utah.gov/training/elected-officials-training/. Members of the public who wish to review the content without enrolling may visit http://auditor.utah.gov/audit_reports/financial-training-courses/.
About the Office of the Utah State Auditor
The Office of the Utah State Auditor provides Utah taxpayers and government officials with an independent assessment of financial operation, statutory compliance, and performance management for state and local government.
Specific activities of the Office include performing financial audits, conducting Federal funds compliance audits, providing local government oversight, conducting agency and program performance audits, performing fraud and compliance audits, and operating the State Auditor Hotline for citizens to report suspected financial issues or improprieties. These capabilities strengthen Utah State Government and help taxpayers have confidence in the integrity of Utah’s government agencies.
The Utah State Auditor is a Constitutional Officer of the State of Utah, elected directly by the state’s citizens every four years. The role of the Utah State Auditor is authorized in Article VII, Section 15 of the Utah Constitution. For more information, see auditor.utah.gov.
Nicole Toomey Davis
Public Information Officer
News Release – Office of the Utah State Auditor – Office Announces Online Training Resources for Local Government Officials.pdf