Auditor Bump addresses MassNAHRO
March 22, 2011
Auditor Suzanne M. Bump speaking before the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials at their 30th annual Legislative Education Day, emphasized the importance of improving vacancy rates for public housing.
“I see audits as tools for identifying areas for improvement, where inefficiencies in systems or outdated processes can be identified and remedied, so government at all levels can make more effective use of tax dollars and deliver better service,” said Auditor Bump.
It is this determination that lead me a couple of weeks ago to take a hard look at one of the recent findings in housing authority audits – turnaround time in vacant units. Delays in making vacated units available is clearly a systemic issue, often beyond your control. Instead of repeatedly documenting the problem in an audit report, I would like to work with you to correct the underlying system problem."
Cape Cod Times: Auditor: Cape court failed to collect $110,000
March 19, 2011
The failure of Falmouth District Court officials to charge some offenders increased probation fees resulted in more than $100,000 in lost revenue, according to a report released by state Auditor Suzanne Bump.
When the Legislature doubled monthly probation fees in July 2009, it was supposed to apply to everyone on probation. But court officials in Falmouth only charged the increased fees to new probationers, according to Bump's report.
Auditor Bump Faults Falmouth Court for Not Collecting Full Probation Fees
March 18, 2011
In a report released today, State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump found Falmouth District Court (FDC) didn’t follow state law in exempting some offenders from paying an increase in probation fees that resulted in $110,230 in uncollected revenue.
The Legislature doubled monthly probation fees beginning FY 2010, but the FDC imposed the new $50 a month fee only for new probationers, not for those who were already in the system as of July 1, 2009.
Press Release: Auditor Bump Faults Falmouth Court for Not Collecting Full Probation Fees
Audit Report: Falmouth District Court
Auditor Bump addresses Association of Government Acccountants
March 15, 2011
State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump today was a key note speaker at the Boston Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants' Annual Regional Developmental Conference.
Remarks: Remarks of State Auditor Suzanne Bump to the Boston Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants Regional Professional Development Conference Bentley University
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Boston Herald: Lotto loophole costs major scratch
March 15, 2011
The spotlight is on a few “lucky” individuals who have cashed in thousands of winning lottery tickets in what the state auditor said may be a legal practice, but could result in tax losses for Massachusetts.
A state auditor’s report slams the Lottery for having “ineffective’’ policing of ‘‘professional” ticket cashers.
But Lottery officials say they need a new law to back them up.
Office of the State Auditor testifies before Joint Committee on dam safety
March 14, 2011
Emily Cousens, Director of the OSA Division of Local Mandates (DLM), today testified before the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture on the findings of a report on dam safety. The DLM report examined the fiscal impact on municipalities from laws and regulations governing dam safety in Massachusetts. The report found that 62 communities own 100 dams that have significant hazard potential, and are in poor or unsafe condition. The estimated cost to repair or remove these 100 dams is approximately $60 million.
“Cities and towns with hazardous dams simply do not have the resources to address these problems without help,” Cousens testified. “Our report recommended a revolving loan fund for municipalities at no interest, coupled with the award of such loans on a priority basis to repair or remove first the most critical dams that pose the greatest threats to public safety and the environment. This would be another way to help cities and towns cope with this problem.”
The State Auditor's Division of Local Mandates (DLM) works to protect cities and towns from unfunded mandates and also makes recommendations to provide state funding for important local programs.
Testimony: Testimony of Emily D. Cousens Before the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Relative to Dam Safety
DLM Report: Local Financial Impact of Massachusetts Dam Safety
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Waltham News Tribune: State audit uncovers improper billing by Waltham shelter's parent agency
March 4, 2011
The State Auditor’s office recently identified almost $38,000 that was incorrectly billed to the state to pay two employees of the Bristol Lodge Men’s Shelter in Waltham.
The mistake was described as an “accounting error,” by Laurie Lindstrom, the chief operating officer for the shelter. A release from State Auditor Susan Bump’s office said an audit by Bump found that the Middlesex Human Service Agency (MHSA) had billed the Department of Transitional Assistance for $37,949 to pay two employees who did not work primarily in the Bristol Lodge program. The two employees did indeed work at the shelter, but also worked for another MHSA program in Waltham. The Bristol Lodge shelter is one of eight programs in Waltham controlled by the MHSA.
Auditor Bump Recognizes Certified Government Financial Manager Month
March 3, 2011
State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump today joined her counterparts in other states to nationally recognize government accountants. She presented the Boston Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) with a proclamation issued by Governor Patrick declaring March Certified Government Financial Manager month.
The Association of Government Accountants (AGA) has a network of 15,000 members in 90 chapters in the United States and around the world, with 240 active members, including 35 employees of the Office of the State Auditor, in the Boston chapter representing state, municipal, and private sector accountants, auditors, and financial managers.