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Boston — In the first year of her administration, State Auditor Suzanne Bump launched a new accountability initiative to monitor how audited agencies are acting on her recommendations. Today Auditor Bump released the first report from this new audit follow-up procedure which shows select audit work produced up to $12.8 million in fiscal benefit for the Commonwealth.
“The follow-up reviews will let auditees know that audits will not be allowed to just sit on a shelf,” said Auditor Bump. “There is public interest to see these agencies and vendors take action and fix the problems uncovered in our audits.”
Post-audit review surveys will be issued six months after the release of an audit with findings of financial or operation deficiencies. Today’s report gives a progress update on 21 audits, including 12 audits released between March 18, 2011 to May 31, 2011 and nine audits with significant findings released by the prior administration.
According to survey results, 95% of the 96 recommendations made in these 21 audits are being implemented, with 61 completions and 30 in progress. Action in response to audit recommendations will save the Commonwealth up to $12.8 million, with approximately $4.7 million of that amount representing annualized savings.
Actions reported in response to audit recommendations include:
Two post-audit reviews highlighted potential issues. The Mattapoisett Housing Authority was largely unresponsive. The Massachusetts Maritime Academy reported that it is unable to obtain information from the Ethics Commission on a personnel issue that the Academy brought to the Commission’s attention.
Post-audit reviews are self-reported information that is unaudited. The Office of The State Auditor makes no claims as to the accuracy of the information.
The Post-Audit Review Surveys Second Quarter Report - FY2012 is available here.