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Boston — State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump today released an audit of the Hopedale Housing Authority, which found a series of management deficiencies.
The public housing agency, which operates 80 one-bedroom units for low-income elderly/handicapped residents, did not have current contracts with its Executive Director or fee accountant. The contracts expired in January 2012 and September 2011 respectively. Without contracts, the Authority cannot be certain the obligations of the involved parties are clearly stated and agreed upon.
Other findings included: agency policy plans and manuals which have not been updated since 2003; improper procurement of construction services; inaccurate accounting of property including furniture, equipment, and machinery; and improperly recorded sick leave and vacation time.
Auditor Bump called on authority to immediately update its policies, procedures, and management plan as required by state guidelines and establish new contracts with the Executive Director and fee accountant. The authority has responded positively to all findings and made progress in implementing most of Auditor Bump’s recommendations and has begun implementing changes.
The Office of the State Auditor conducts performance and compliance audits of state government’s programs, departments, agencies, authorities, contracts, and vendors. With its reports, the OSA issues recommendations to improve accountability, efficiency, and transparency.
The Hopedale Housing Authority audit is available here.