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The audit shows the university did not add over one thousand newly hired individuals to its payroll system in a timely fashion. The audit, which examined the period of July 1, 2017 through March 31, 2019, evaluated whether the university had taken measures to address management issues first identified in a 2017 external audit conducted by KPMG.

Organization: Office of the State Auditor
Date published: January 19, 2021

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 University of Massachusetts (UMass) Boston for the period July 1, 2017 through March 31, 2019. In this performance audit, we examined certain UMass Boston budgeting and hiring processes to determine whether UMass Boston took measures to address certain management items in these areas that were identified by an external auditor.

Below is a summary of our finding and recommendations, with links to each page listed.

Finding 1
 

UMass Boston did not ensure that some individuals were hired and compensated in a timely manner for work performed.

Recommendations
 

  1. UMass Boston should cease the practice of delayed hiring.
  2. UMass Boston should ensure that all employees who are responsible for hiring are trained to fully understand and follow established hiring timelines.

 

A PDF copy of the audit of the University of Massachusetts Boston is available here.

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