27 Fired, 12 Demoted In State Auditor Shakeup

BOSTON (CBS/AP) – The state auditor’s office was actually audited in the last year and found to be lacking in several areas.

As a result, 27 staffers have been fired and another 12 have been demoted. Their jobs will be posted on the web starting on Friday.

“As you can imagine, the staff that had been performing this work over the years are feeling a bit dispirited,” said State Auditor Suzanne Bump.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports.

Twenty of the laid off employees were from audit operations and seven from the Bureau of Special Investigations, which probes waste, fraud and abuse in public assistance programs like MassHealth and food stamps.

Bump said she’ll fill the 20 positions in audit operations, but not those in the Bureau of Special Investigations. She said she doesn’t expect the personnel decisions to reduce the quantity and quality of the office’s investigations.

Bump said a peer review committee took a hard look at how the auditor’s office works and gave the office a bad report card.

“The peer review noted deficiencies in several areas: audit planning, staff competence, audit documentation, and audit reporting. These are serious flaws,” said Bump.

The evaluation was done during the tenure of long-time auditor Joe DeNucci, who held the post for 24 years.

“I’m sure that Auditor DeNucci is going to be somewhat chagrined,” said Bump.

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  • emom

    WOW they finally audited the auditors.. WELL WHAT DO YOU KNOW,,,,, Something I have asked for for some time now… wondering were they actually listening to me… glad someone was listening…….
    By the way what are the job qualifications,,,,,,

  • Confused

    Funny how the headline says “Fired” and then in the text is says “laid off”. So these people will collect unemployment indefinately for being incompetent!!

  • Willow

    I was having the same thoughts about the contradiction between fired and laid off. Two different animals in my opinion.

    I agree with emom. Finally the auditors are audited. They needed to clean house, but let’s hope they don’t hire the same kind of personnel for more of the same. I hope at least one of the new employees begins investigating welfare fraud in my town.

  • anon

    I’ve always strongly believed that if we truly audit our agencies we will find fraud and corruption in each department. The Audit Dept can make a really big dent in our budgets by being open and honest and doing their job. I’m glad there are finally going to be some changes, hopefully, real changes..and maybe we’ll see some good work coming out of that department, resulting in millions in savings for our state. 24 years bred too much complacency and waste.

  • taxedout

    Joe DeNucci even Tucked it to the public on his last day by giving Raises to his department. Way to go Joe you were always looking out for us!!!

  • fred

    This is just a house cleaning. Out with the old (hacks) in with the new (hacks). All Bump is doing is replacing the old employee’s with her loyalists. Remember she was the one taking a deduction on her principal home and a deduction on her primary home. She is either stupid or corrupt (or probably both). Of course she will not need any special investigators – nothing to see here. We should have an independent audit of the auditors office not an in-house one. We’ll be reading about the corruption under her tenure from the next auditor.

  • emom

    AUDIT THE BOOKS…… thats what I have said for a very long time,, now that they have started with the auditors , next go to each departments see what they are spending , see if it JIVES with their BUDGET,,,,, are they spending their BUDGETS appropriately,, question every dime,,, its the only way to really know that they are spending it on……Yeah glad to see someone on beacon hilll is awake and listening to someone ,,,, Maybe they have been listening to the tax payers for a change,,, NOW WOULDN’T THAT BE GRAND,,,, maybe with them looking into some of the departments and how they spend and if they are misspending the funds, then maybe they can CUT THEIR OWN BUDGETS AND LEAVE CITY AND TOWNS ALONE…………..

  • Ajay

    Audit the auditors? GREAT! Now, how do we go about policeing the police?

  • CoachJim

    Of course they willhire back the twenty office positions. But, let the Special Investigations Dept stay gone. Maybe if you had more investigators andless office personnel, they could have found the problems sooner.

  • Benny

    They bring back accountants and they forget about investigations. Just go up to Lawrence and see the fraud in MassHealth and food stamps(WIC, IBT). It is rampant and now they won’t even police it. How a**backwards is that?

  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/05/15/keller-large-bump-discusses-auditor-office-shake-up/ Keller @ Large: Bump Discusses Auditor Office Shake-Up « CBS Boston

    […] Reporting Jon Keller var addthis_product = 'wpp-257'; var addthis_config = {"data_track_clickback":true};BOSTON (CBS) – Just a few months into her first term as state auditor, Suzanne Bump caused quite a commotion in her own office, firing 27 employees and demoting another dozen. […]

  • dripable service

    I do not disagree with this blog post…

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