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Boston — State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump today, appearing before the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, requested an additional $1.35 million for her agency’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget to increase her field audit staff by 25 percent.
“Our work as external auditors is unique in its abilities, its methods, its results, and its value to both taxpayers and citizens, all of whom deserve the effective and efficient operation of government,” said Bump. “This independent audit authority, adequately staffed, is an essential component of government oversight and accountability. An additional $1.35 million for the OSA’s Administration appropriation will ensure that we can execute this important role in government.”
The Office of the State Auditor conducts technical and performance assessments of state government’s programs, departments, agencies, authorities, contracts, and vendors.
Auditor Bump justified the need for an increase by detailing her agency’s record of return on investment.
“In the last two fiscal years, my office has been allocated $30 million to oversee more than $70 billion in budgeted funds. In those two years, our audits have identified over $300 million in questionable and unallowable spending, fraud, and ineffective operations.”
Auditor Bump detailed in her testimony how several audits released during her administration have saved the Commonwealth money and improved government services. Examples included:
With an increased appropriation Auditor Bump said that she will be able to deploy additional teams and utilize advanced data analysis technology to audit more agencies and vendors each year.
In addition to performing state audits, the Office of the State Auditor also contains the Bureau of Special Investigations which performs investigates and prevents cases of public benefit fraud, and the Division of Local Mandates, which conducts legal analyses of proposed or existing legislation and evaluates the cost implications for cities and towns.
Read Auditor Bump's full testimony here.