Tech Tip: Practice good IT “hygiene” – restart your computer regularly

Did you know your computer’s operating system is updated several times a year? This update happens behind the scenes, but requires you to restart your computer. This restart can take several minutes. Your computer may offer to reschedule this required restart until later, but will only allow you to postpone once or twice – you can’t delay the update forever! Most updates include important features such as new virus protections that are critical for the safety of King County’s systems.

Please practice good IT “hygiene” and restart your computer regularly! Be sure your computer is connected to the internet at home or at the office, and is plugged into a power source. To avoid impacts to your daily work, KCIT recommends restarting your computer on a regular basis at a time that’s not impactful to your work (such as when you’re ready to log off for the day).

DES plays key role in severe weather response

Cross-posted from Executive Services Express

The Department of Executive Services (DES) regularly helps King County stay operational during severe weather, as safely as possible.

During the severe cold and ice that hit in late December, DES agencies, including the Office of Emergency Management and Facilities Management Division, helped senior county leaders make a rare decision: close county buildings and suspend most services for a day. Read more.

Honoring the legacy of Judge Patricia H. Clark

Judge Patricia H. Clark was a strong advocate for youth involved in the justice system. As a commissioner for King County Superior Court, Judge Clark handled many cases involving at-risk youth and children in need of services, also known as ARY and CHINS cases. In 1998, she joined the Superior Court bench, where she continued to serve until her retirement in 2013.

During her tenure, Judge Clark left her mark on Juvenile Court, including stints as chief juvenile judge and chief advocate. As mentioned in a 2019 story by Superior Court:

“[Clark] was innovative and worked tirelessly to build bridges with the community, always striving for fairness – telling anyone who would listen that we had to do better by our children.”

Sadly, Judge Clark passed away on Nov. 7, 2015. In recognition of her decades of service and youth advocacy, the King County Council voted to name a new justice facility in Seattle’s Squire Park neighborhood after Judge Clark.

All King County employees and residents are invited to continue to honor her legacy when referring to the facility in one of three ways:

  • Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center (the official full name of the facility, suitable for all uses)
  • Clark Children and Family Justice Center (a shortened reference also suitable for all uses)
  • Clark CFJC or CCFJC (suitable for emails, staff memos, or other internal references to the facility, or in any second reference to the facility)

Executive Constantine announces $52 million in funding for open space preservation projects

Multiple projects throughout King County will receive a combined $52 million in open space preservation funding after a plan proposed by Executive Constantine has been approved by the King County Council.

The money will fund 36 projects that will increase access to greenspace and parks in underserved communities, acquire land for habitat restoration, protect tree canopy, and strengthen the local food system. Read more.

Attend an upcoming mindfulness class

Balanced You partners with Mindfulness Northwest to offer free mindfulness classes and workshops to King County employees. Register for an upcoming class below or view the full schedule here.

Groundbreaking on new trail bridge across the White River

A new 572-foot-long weathered steel bridge will cross the White River, connecting completed segments of the Foothills Trail at the King-Pierce county line.

The project will connect residents, business districts, and civic centers to a 22-mile trail that offers scenic views of Mount Rainier. Read more.

WeightWatchers February Heart Health Month

Join WeightWatchers through King County for as low as $9.75 per month on select plans — 50% off the retail price!

Become a WeightWatchers member by Feb. 28 and get a free WW Bluetooth® body weight scale that auto-syncs your weight in the WW app. Learn more at WW.com/KingCounty. Then get your scale at WW.com/freescale.

Animal Control Officer Shepherd recognized in The Seattle Times

Cross-posted from Executive Services Express

It’s not every day members of the public take the time to thank employees for their good work. Someone did recently, recognizing Animal Control Officer Dominique Shepherd for helping with an aggressive dog. Someone wrote to the Times’ Rant and Rave column:

“RAVE to Bruce at King County Parks and Officer Shepherd from Regional Animal Services of King County who quickly responded to an aggressive dog issue. Many people who are affected appreciate their dedication and efficiency.”

View your W-2 form online

Your 2022 W-2 form is now available in PeopleSoft to view and print. ADP will mail a paper copy of your W-2 form by the Jan. 31 IRS deadline to the address you had listed in PeopleSoft on Dec. 31, 2022.

To view or print your W-2, log in to PeopleSoft, choose the Payroll tile, then go to “View W-2/W-2c Forms.” You can also access W-2 forms from any device by registering at the ADP website using these instructions: Access W-2s through ADP.

Your Form 1095-C—Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage—will also be sent to your home address by ADP. This form is informational only—it shows whether you were offered health insurance by King County last year.

For questions about the information on your W-2, please see W-2 Form Guide. Information is also available on the IRS website. Reprint requests for 2022 W-2 forms are accepted after Feb. 15. If you need help with PeopleSoft, call the IT Service Center at 206-263-4357. If you have questions about Form 1095-C, please see About Form 1095-C or contact Benefits, Payroll and Retirement Operations at 206-684-1556 or KC.Benefits.

Is your internet unreliable? Help improve our nation’s broadband investments

The Federal Communications Commission recently published a new National Broadband Map, which attempts to show where internet service is and is not available for every location in the country. The map will guide how the Federal government spends $42.45 billion to expand high-speed internet access across the nation and it’s important to get it right.

You can look up your address to make sure the map is accurate in terms of internet service availability and speed for your home or business. If you spot a problem with the map, you can submit a formal challenge through the Washington State Broadband Office.

For more information about how to access the map and file a challenge, if necessary, you can visit the Washington State Broadband Office webpage.