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Audit Audit of the University of Massachusetts Building Authority (UMBA)

The audit found UMBA could not verify that employees of contractors who worked on public projects were paid the appropriate prevailing wage. The audit examined the period of July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018.

Organization: Office of the State Auditor
Date published: May 21, 2020

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 Building Authority (UMBA) for the period July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018.

In this performance audit, we determined whether UMBA properly administered its design and construction contracts in accordance with its policies and monitored the payment of invoices and the processing of change orders. We also reviewed the activities of UMBA’s owner’s project managers (OPMs) related to the completion and closeout process for contracts closed during our audit period and ensured that its contractors complied with the Prevailing Wage Law (Sections 26–27H of Chapter 149 of the General Laws), as stipulated by UMBA’s contracts.

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

Finding 1

Certified payrolls submitted to UMBA’s OPMs contained errors in job classifications and pay rates.

Recommendation

UMBA should establish a policy detailing the process for its OPMs to follow when monitoring certified payrolls.

 

A PDF copy of the Audit of the University of Massachusetts Building Authority is available here.

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