Auditor Suzanne M. Bump today testified before the Joint Committee on Ways and Means in support of her agency\u2019s Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) budget request. During her testimony, she highlighted recent work from her office that has led to action from state lawmakers and government leaders. In addition, she also called on the legislature to fund areas in which her office\u2019s work has shown significant need.\n\n\u201cDuring the past 7 years, we have evolved substantially. Increasingly in our audits and reports we have been identifying systemic challenges and using these audits and reports to provide you with potential solutions to assist programs in becoming more efficient and effective,\u201d Bump told the committee. \u201cYou have spent countless hours molding these programs through legislative deliberations and carefully allocated resources. Our work is designed to give you insight into whether these programs are working as you intended.\u201d\n\nDuring her testimony, Bump noted that much of her office\u2019s work in recent months has highlighted the need for greater inter-agency collaboration and data-sharing to improve government performance. She noted that an audit of the Department of Veterans\u2019 Services (DVS) showed that better data-sharing could lead to significant improvements in outreach to veterans about benefits for which they may qualify. She noted similar opportunities for proactively using data to help the agencies meet their missions were found in audits of the Sex Offender Registry Board and the Department of Children and Families. \n\nFinally, in addition to advocating for her agency\u2019s budget, Bump encouraged the legislature to take action on areas that her office\u2019s work identified need greater financial support from the state. Citing her office\u2019s recently completed certification of municipal costs to provide early voting in 2016, Bump called on the legislature to provide reimbursements to communities for these certified costs and fund the estimated expenses in 2018. She also asked the legislature to take steps to lessen the burden of transportation costs on regional school districts and schools providing services to homeless students. Finally, she encouraged the committee to allocate additional funding to assist municipalities in adapting their water infrastructure to meet the demands of climate change. \n\nAuditor Bump\u0027s full testimony is available here.