Our audits review how Massachusetts state government utilizes taxpayer funding and protects public money from fraud, waste and abuse. Audit staff conduct financial, performance and technical assessments of state programs, departments, agencies, authorities and vendors in accordance with "Government Auditing Standards" issued by the Comptroller General of the United States. Audits are performed with different objectives, including:
- Determining whether the Commonwealth's resources are properly safeguarded;
- Determining whether these resources are properly and prudently used;
- Evaluating internal controls to help ensure integrity in financial management systems;
- Determining whether computer systems and the corresponding IT environment are secure, maintain integrity and are consistently available;
- Determining and evaluating a program's results, benefits, or accomplishments; and
- Ensuring that audit results are fully disclosed to the public and the auditees.