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Audit Audit of the Division of Standards

Audit calls on DOS to improve oversight of commercial weighing and measuring devices in smaller towns across the Commonwealth. The audit examined the period of July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018.

Binder organization: Office of the State Auditor
Date published: January 31, 2019

Executive Summary

In accordance with Section 12 of Chapter 11 of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Office of the State Auditor has conducted a performance audit of the Division of Standards (DOS) for the period July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018.

In this performance audit, we examined DOS’s administration of its program for inspection of weighing and measuring devices for towns with 5,000 or fewer inhabitants. Below is a summary of our findings and recommendations, with links to each page listed.

Finding 1

DOS does not inspect every weighing and measuring device annually in towns with 5,000 or fewer inhabitants.

Recommendations

  1. DOS should establish policies and procedures regarding the annual inspection of weighing and measuring devices in communities with 5,000 or fewer inhabitants.
  2. DOS should establish a mechanism, such as an electronic database, that will enable it to effectively monitor compliance with these requirements.
Finding 2

There were deficiencies in DOS’s internal control plan (ICP).

Recommendations

  1. DOS should take the measures necessary to ensure that its ICP complies with the Comptroller of the Commonwealth’s Internal Control Guide.
  2. DOS should establish policies and procedures for the annual review of its ICP as well as monitoring controls to ensure that these policies and procedures are adhered to.

 

A PDF copy of the audit of the Division of Standards is available here.

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