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Made it just in time!

June 19, 2015 - 07:34
Guardsman conducting training on the Yakima Training Center gets back to Joint Base Lewis-McChord to see birth of first child.

Lake Tapps reopens to fishing

June 19, 2015 - 00:00

OIC is hiring an Investigator 1 in training for our Legal Affairs division

June 18, 2015 - 15:08
The OIC is hiring an Investigator 1 (in training) in our Legal Affairs division, located at our Tumwater headquarters. We will hire the position as an Insurance Technician 3 and upon successful completion of a 12-month in-training plan, will promote to an Investigator 1.

This position conducts routine preliminary investigations into complaints alleging violations of the insurance code and proactive Internet investigations aimed at uncovering unauthorized insurance sales in Washington state.

Duties include:
  • Conducting routine preliminary investigations of complaints alleging violations of the insurance code involving licensed and unlicensed individuals and entities operating throughout Washington. 
  • Responding to all investigative requests received by the Investigations Unit via the OIC website, telephone, in writing, email, and in person. 
  • Gathering facts and evidence from multiple sources, conduct interviews, review insurance practices, forms, contracts, service agreements, and other documents.
  • Analyzing and evaluating the evidence obtained to determine if there is sufficient reason to believe a violation of the insurance code may have occurred. 
  • Providing investigative support to other investigators, the Investigator Supervisor, or the Investigations Manager on more complex investigations or special projects.
View the full description or apply: Investigator 1 (In-Training)

Washington Youth Academy cadets get second chance

June 18, 2015 - 14:33
Story of one cadet's journey to getting back on track

15-034 Commission announces public workshop to discuss recreation management at Riverside State Park

June 17, 2015 - 16:47
A public workshop to discuss several management planning topics for Riverside State Park in Spokane County is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at Lakeside Middle School Auditorium, 6169 Highway 291, Nine Mile Falls.

Revenue offers tax workshop July 1 in Seattle

June 17, 2015 - 16:23
OLYMPIA – June 17, 2015 – Business owners in Washington are responsible for knowing which taxes to report. To help them, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners in Seattle on July 1, 2015.

OIC hiring applications, database developer in Tumwater

June 17, 2015 - 13:10
The OIC is hiring an IT Systems/App Specialist 6 in our Operations Division at our Tumwater headquarters. We are looking for an expert professional-level application and database developer to provide the highest level of technical expertise in the areas of application development and data management.

Duties include:
  • Plan, analyze, develop, test, and implement enhancements and new functionality to the codebase (including .NET, C#, ASPX, jquery, javascript, html, etc) and database (MS SQL Server) as required for strategic IT business initiatives.
  • Apply appropriate software change control procedures and IT “best practices” when applying software changes including to production, integration, UAT, and development environments.
  • Provide .Net, C#, and SQL expertise to other developers (staff and vendors).
For more information or to apply, view the full description: IT Systems/App Specialist 6

Washington National Guard conducts statewide earthquake readiness exercise

June 16, 2015 - 16:18
Evergreen Tremor, a week-long exercise kicking off June 17, will involve more than 1,000 Washington National Guard soldiers and airmen across the state

State Alert & Warning Center coordinates rescue in Chelan County

June 16, 2015 - 16:17
Quick thinking from a state Emergency Operations Officer helped connect the dots and led to a rapidly coordinated helicopter rescue of an injured hiker in Chelan County the night of Sunday, June 14.

Dorn Announces ESD Board Elections

June 16, 2015 - 13:00
Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn will conduct an election in October for board positions in the state’s nine educational service districts. ESD boards have seven or nine members, depending on the district’s organization.

Revenue offers tax workshop June 24 in Tumwater

June 12, 2015 - 20:47
OLYMPIA – June 10, 2015 – Business owners in Washington are responsible for knowing which taxes to report. To help them, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners in Tumwater on June 24, 2015.

Busted: Spokane card dealer charged with theft in disability scam

June 12, 2015 - 17:53

A card dealer who claimed he was too injured to work has been charged with stealing workers compensation benefits after he was caught working at casinos in Spokane.

Consumers: Beware of 'tech support' scammers

June 12, 2015 - 09:17

SEATTLE — The calls are often along the same lines:  A “technician” claiming to be from a well-known company, like Microsoft, tells you your computer is infected with a virus. He throws around some technical jargon, often walking you through some benign activities like opening a Web browser or some computer utility.  

15-035 Celebrate National Get Outdoors Month Adventure Awaits Expo on State Capitol Campus

June 11, 2015 - 18:17
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Parks Foundation invite the public to celebrate National Get Outdoors Month with an outdoor expo June 27 on the Washington State Capitol Campus.

Pools and trampolines increase summer fun, but also insurance risk

June 11, 2015 - 12:22

Before inviting friends and family over to enjoy your swimming pool or trampoline, know that either may increase your insurance risk. Because pools and trampolines can be dangerous, some companies may not insure your property if you own them, or your policy may have exclusions for liability for related injuries. 
An insurance company may also deny coverage or cancel your policy if you do not follow its safety guidelines or fail to inform the company when you build a pool or purchase a trampoline. Some insurers offer lower rates or discounts if you add safety features, such as installing a fence or locked gate.

Talk to your insurer about purchasing an umbrella policy in addition to your homeowner’s insurance to increase your liability coverage in the event of an injury. But be forewarned, if you do have an injury claim, your insurer may cancel your coverage later.

If you lease or rent a property with a pool, discuss your insurance options with your agent or insurance company.

Read more about homeowner’s insurance on our website. Questions? You can contact our consumer advocates online or at 1-800-562-6900.

AG Ferguson sues couple behind scheme to profit off elderly, veterans

June 11, 2015 - 11:04

Sold investments with no benefit, misrepresented qualifications

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit against a Snohomish couple who scammed elderly Washington residents applying for Medicaid and veterans benefits.  The Attorney General’s Office alleges that the Cooks’ actions violated the state Consumer Protection Act.