AGA has awarded its prestigious Einhorn-Gary Award to the Massachusetts Office of the State Auditor (OSA) for its contributions to furthering government accountability. The OSA\u2019s audits of state government\u0027s programs, departments, agencies, authorities, contracts, and vendors, and advanced data analytics capabilities, have helped identify areas of inefficiency and fraud in state government and have provided recommendations for resolution, 95 percent of which have been implemented since 2011.\n\nAGA presented the award \u2014 which in the past has only been presented to a person rather than an entity \u2014 at its Professional Development Training event July 19.\n\nIn recent years, OSA has:\n\ndeveloped sophisticated data analytics capabilities that are, among other things, helping to address opioid addiction via work with other entities to identify and crackdown on doctors who are over-prescribing these drugs;\n\tidentified more than $1 billion dollars in potential fraud, misuse of funds, or missed savings opportunities;\n\tconducted audits that have led to: millions of dollars in savings to taxpayers through Medicaid alone; better sex offender registry checks for childcare workers; improved evidence and efficiency in the Superior Courts; creation of an online elevator inspection system that increases its ability to manage the process; better checks on who is eligible for public assistance benefits; creation of a tracking system for vacant units at housing authorities to improve the rate by which units can be filled; and renovation of the State Office of Pharmacy Services\u2019 IV room to be compliant with federal safety regulations;\n\testablished a robust training and innovative staff development program and career ladder program to ensure staff can effectively conduct audit work that results in greater accountability\n\u201cIn 2011, we created a roadmap to commit ourselves anew to excellence in auditing for the people of Massachusetts. This award is a testament to the work of my staff to execute this plan and provide independent oversight of state agencies in the Commonwealth,\u201d Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump said. \u201cOur work to promote accountability, transparency, and innovation to rebuild public trust in government is just beginning. We\u2019ll continue to build on our work, particularly in the area of data analytics, to make government work better, and ensure the residents of the Commonwealth know public entities are responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars.\u201d\n\nJohn Homan, AGA\u2019s 2015\u20132016 National President, said the OSA represents government financial management at its best. \u201cOSA\u2019s comprehensive analytics and sound recommendations exemplify how technology can be used to improve government accountability,\u201d Homan said. \u201cIt has saved taxpayers millions of dollars; helped state programs, departments and agencies maximize efficiencies; and enabled Massachusetts to serve all citizens better. And, OSA\u2019s contributions to AGA by encouraging employees to become members and attend training events serve as a testimony to the dedication OSA feels to continuous improvement.\u201d\n\nAGA presents awards to members of the government financial management community who have contributed to the profession and AGA through their leadership and research.\n\nAbout AGA:\u00a0AGA is\u00a0the\u00a0member organization for government-finance professionals. We lead and encourage change that benefits our field and all citizens. Our networking events, professional certification, publications and ongoing education help members build their skills and advance their careers.