State House News Service: Auditor documents $2.8m more in fraudulent public assistance
August 23, 2012 - The following content was originally created by the State House News Service and published by the Boston Globe.
People scamming the state’s public assistance programs collected more than $2.8 million in fraudulently obtained welfare and health benefits in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, the state auditor’s office found.
The newly uncovered fraud brings the total to more than $5.5 million for the year, according to Auditor Suzanne Bump’s office, which released a report Wednesday documenting the fraud.
Investigators from the Bureau of Special Investigations found that 546 people defrauded the state welfare system in food stamps, child care services, health care benefits, public housing, or cash-assistance programs.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Messy books
August 7, 2012 - The following content was originally published by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Public officials have few duties more important than being good financial stewards. A recent audit of the Central Massachusetts Special Education Collaborative reveals that officials there fell far short of acceptable standards, resulting in overcharging member communities for services, and failing to maximize potential retirement benefits for employees.
...Ms. Bump and her office deserve credit for following through on their stated intentions to conduct aggressive and thorough audits throughout Massachusetts. The discovery of financial irregularities such as these — dating back more than 20 years and adversely affecting hundreds of public employees — demonstrates how important a role the state auditor can play...
Achieving Excellence in Government Auditing
August 6, 2012 - The following article is reprinted with permission by the Massachusetts Society of CPAs
As the Auditor for the Commonwealth, I am mandated by state law to provide an independent and objective evaluation of Massachusetts’ financial and programmatic activities in adherence with the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) promulgated by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. These are the standards by which every government auditor in the country is judged.
When an audit conducted by my office reveals an issue or problem, I advise those on the receiving end to use it as a tool for redressing their accounting, internal control, security and outcome deficiencies. I focus on the positive use of the findings, but I know all too well how little that advice mitigates the initial shock and professional embarrassment.
In 2011, shortly after I was sworn in as the first new Auditor of the Commonwealth in 24 years, I sought a peer review through the National State Auditors Association (NSAA) – something that had not been done in 15 years. The results presented leadership and operational challenges.
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