For Immediate Release - July 17, 2012

Dudley Housing Authority Resolved Prior Audit Issues; Working to Update Management Plan

BOSTON, MA — An audit of the Dudley Housing Authority from May 1, 2008 through June 30, 2011, found that it had resolved issues identified in a prior audit  by issuing required Internal Revenue Service Forms 1099-MISC for its independent contractors and improving inventory control over its furniture and equipment.

However, the audit did reveal that the Housing Authority’s management plan, which was created in 1981, had not been updated since, despite having all the necessary components – organization, personnel policies, job descriptions, and Department of Housing and Community Development regulations. The Authority is currently working to implement procedures to ensure that the management plan is routinely updated.

“I’m pleased that the Dudley Housing Authority has made progress since our prior audit and is working to make further improvements,” said State Auditor Suzanne Bump.

The Office of the State Auditor is required to conduct audits of state agencies and housing authorities every three years. The audit of the Dudley Housing Authority examined areas including tenant selection, preparation and reoccupation of vacant units, rent determinations and collectability of accounts receivables among other areas.

The audit found that, with the exception of the management plan, the Authority maintained adequate management controls and complied with applicable laws, rules, and regulations for the areas tested.

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