• MetroWest Daily News - State auditor: Budget cuts boost risk of abuse, fraud

    November 30, 2012 - The following content was originally published by the MetroWest Daily News

    Budget cuts have eroded the state's ability to oversee publicly-funded programs and created a greater risk for abuse and fraud, state Auditor Suzanne Bump told a crowd of MetroWest businesspeople Friday.

    Bump, two years into her first term, said her office is cracking down to maintain the public's trust and confidence, but limited resources are taking a toll. Part of the challenge, she said, is that vendor contracts, which represent a large part of the budget, take centralized control of programs away from the state.

    "If the state cannot afford program oversight, then it can't afford the program," the Democrat said during the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce's TD Bank Breakfast at the Sheraton Framingham.

    Her office is conducting "more and more" audits of those outside vendors, Bump said, since the state has farmed out so many services without increasing its supervision of contracts. 

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