• 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    “I see audits as tools for identifying areas for improvement, where inefficiencies in systems or outdated processes can be identified and remedied, so government at all levels can make more effective use of tax dollars and deliver better service,” said Auditor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."

    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.
    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.

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  • 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  pdf format of Falmouth District Court

  • Auditor Bump addresses Association of Government Accountants

    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.

    Auditor Bump addressing the Boston Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants at Bentley University in Waltham.
    Auditor Bump addressing the Boston Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants at Bentley University in Waltham.

    Remarks:  Remarks of State Auditor Suzanne Bump to the Boston Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants Regional Professional Development Conference Bentley University  pdf format of Remarks of State Auditor Suzanne Bump to AGA
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  • 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.

    Emily Cousens, Director of Auditor Bump’s Division of Local Mandates, testifying before the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
    Emily Cousens, Director of Auditor Bump’s Division of Local Mandates, testifying before the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

    “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  pdf format of Testimony of Emily D. Cousens Before the Joint Committe
    DLM Report: Local Financial Impact of Massachusetts Dam Safety  pdf format of Local Financial Impact of Massachusetts Dam Safety
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  • 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.

    Auditor Suzanne M. Bump presenting a proclamation issued by Governor Patrick declaring March Certified Government Financial Manager month to Joseph Valchuis (left) and Howard Olsher (right), representatives of the Boston Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants.
    Auditor Suzanne M. Bump presenting a proclamation issued by Governor Patrick declaring March Certified Government Financial Manager month to Joseph Valchuis (left) and Howard Olsher (right), representatives of the Boston Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants.

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