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Groundhog Day: Shortcomings we find at state agencies over and over

A groundhog sitting on Bill Murray's lap, while the groundhog drives a truck. It is from the movie Groundhog Day.

On Groundhog Day we not only wait to learn if Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow but perhaps, more importantly, we take time to watch the classic 1993 movie of the same name. In this film, Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, is caught in a time loop that forces him to relive Groundhog Day over and over again. 

Here in the Office of the State Auditor, we conduct a lot of audits, and there are certain problems at state agencies that we find over and over again. In honor of Groundhog Day and this great movie, we're taking a look at a few of the most frequent types of audit findings we repeatedly uncover at state agencies and contractors. These are a few examples of these deficiencies.

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Not Revoking Access of Terminated Employees to Critical Systems

Inadequate Internal Controls

Not Meeting Required Timelines or Acting in a Timely Manner

Improper or Undocumented MassHealth Payments

Not Assessing Risks Facing Third-Party Vendors

Failure to Establish Performance Metrics

Inventory Tracking Problems




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