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Secretary of State’s Office receives IACA Merit Award

  1. Corporations and Charities Filing System recognized for simplifying and streamlining application processes, and improving customer service and access to information
  2. International Association of Commercial Administrators awards state, provincial, and national entities that implement innovative changes in government

OLYMPIA — The Office of the Secretary of State’s Corporations & Charities Division received an International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA) Merit Award for its online Corporations and Charities Filing System (CCFS).

Each year IACA recognizes jurisdictions that have successfully implemented innovative changes in government. A panel of experts, composed of international leaders in the public and private sectors, reviews award submissions from jurisdictions around the world based on originality, significance, effectiveness, and other criteria.

The Office of the Secretary of State completed its rollout of CCFS in 2019. CCFS is an online resource that simplifies and streamlines the process by which charities and private companies file documentation with the state, as well as the public’s access to records and information about registered entities. Previously, these processes were paper- and labor-intensive, and time-consuming for both staff and customers.

Today the overwhelming majority of filings are completed online – automatically, and nearly instantaneously upon submission. As a result, all current records are available to the public to view or download at no charge. In most cases, the entire filing history for active entities can be viewed and downloaded. Previously, customers wanting copies of records had to contact the office and pay a processing fee.

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