For Immediate Release - August 06, 2014

Statement of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump

I am proud of the ethical standards that I have established and continue to uphold for my office. They have contributed to our receipt this spring of the highest possible rating from our peers in government auditing.

As her former employer, I must respect Ms. Marlin’s privacy rights, so I will not elaborate on the reasons for asking for her resignation other than to say that it was for cause.

Regarding the allegations in Ms. Marlin’s complaint, I have never asked or had others ask any of my staff to conduct campaign activities on state time or in state buildings.

I have never scheduled nor have I held a meeting with a labor or political organization in the State House for the purpose of seeking an endorsement.

Most importantly, I have never allowed any organization or individual to influence the conduct or independence of an audit.

All of these allegations against me and my office are without merit. I will be conducting a vigorous defense of my reputation and my office’s ethical standards.

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Background: In 2014, the Office of the State Auditor received the highest rating from the National State Auditors Association following its Peer Review. Peer reviews performed through the National State Auditors Association are conducted on a three year interval. The reviews are required as part of compliance with the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards, promulgated by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.  For more information: http://www.mass.gov/auditor/reports/peer-review-reports/