Suzanne M. Bump, the 25th Auditor of the Commonwealth, is the first woman to serve in this role in the state’s history, and was sworn into office in January 2011. As Auditor, she has prioritized effective management of public resources to improve public trust in government.
Since taking office, she has been a leader in the modernization of government services. She led the development of advanced data analytics tools and the ongoing integration of these technologies into audits and investigations in order to focus on the areas of greatest risk and thus provide impactful recommendations that improve government agency performance. She has also established an IT audit unit to assist agencies in protecting their technological assets. She’s also championed efforts to strengthen social safety net programs and she has encouraged public entities and policymakers to pursue long-term planning when setting agency goals, rather than seeking short-term fixes.
Bump and her office have received national recognition for their work. In 2016, the office received an National State Auditors Association Excellence in Accountability Award for an audit that identified record waste in MassHealth, as well as the Association of Government Accountants’ Einhorn Gary Award for contributions to furthering government accountability. She was appointed to serve on the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Domestic Working Group to advise the U.S. Comptroller General. In addition, she and her team were awarded the 2016 National Association of State Chief Information Officers Recognition Award for improving state operations for their development and use of data analytics tools.
Prior to her election, Auditor Bump served in former Governor Deval Patrick’s cabinet as Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development and previously represented the Town of Braintree for eight years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. In the private sector, she worked as a business advocate, legal counsel, and sat on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations including the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and St. Francis House.
A native of Whitman, Massachusetts, Auditor Bump attended Cardinal Spellman High School and is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University School of Law.