Metro West Daily News: State releases Natick Housing Authority audit
February 28, 2014 – The following content was originally published by The MetroWest Daily News.
The state auditor’s office this week released its review of Natick Housing Authority operations between 2009 and 2011. The audit found that the authority at that point was not filling vacant units quickly enough; had exceeded budgeted amounts for administrative salaries and did not accurately report that information to the state; and paid maintenance staff too much overtime and did not adequately use of the time clock.
Springfield Republican: Fox News’ Ed Henry warns not to expect much action from White House or Congress with elections looming
February 24, 2014: The following content was originally in the Springfield Republican.
Auditor Suzanne Bump speaks with WWLP at the Chambers of Greater Springfield Outlook 2014.
Auditor Bump, a former state secretary of labor and workforce development and state representative, spoke of how her office's oversight function is needed to rebuild people's confidence in government. She's recently overseen audits in the state's parks and health insurance systems as well as courts in Hampden and Hampshire counties.
iBerkshires: State Auditor Says Oversight is Key To Public Trust
February 22, 2014 – The following content was originally published by iBerkshires.com.
Auditor Suzanne Bump says accountability isn't owning up to mistakes, but rather stopping mistakes before they happen.
The Great Barrington resident spoke at the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce's Good New Business Salute on Wednesday morning when she advocated for more oversight of government programs.
It is the steady drip, drip, drip of accounts of chronic deficiencies in management of resources and projects.
Bump says "if you can't afford the oversight, you can't afford the program."
2/26/14 – Berkshire Eagle
Springfield Republican: State audit turns up deficiencies at Hampshire Superior Court
February 20, 2014 – The following content was originally published in the Springfield Republican.
An audit of Hampshire Superior Court performed by the office of state auditor Suzanne M. Bump indicates a number of management deficiencies, including inadequate handling of evidence used at trials and improper administration of probation fees.
The report, which was released Thursday, faults the Probation Office for failing to fully comply with new guidelines for inventorying its equipment, and the Clerk’s Office for failing to thoroughly log evidence used at trial. It recommends the clerk get a safe to secure the materials. The audit also found security of evidence materials such as cash, weapons and controlled substances lacking, with most items stored during business hours in a cabinet in an unlocked room.
WWLP: State Auditor approves millions for Westfield
February 19, 2014 – The following content was originally on WWLP.
Watch the WWLP coverage of the Municipal Finance Oversight Board meeting.
The State Auditor has authorized the state to borrow $96 million on behalf of Westfield. The money will finance all sorts of citywide projects from school remodeling to building construction to water main repairs.