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State Audit Finds Poor Management at Easton Housing Authority

State Auditor Suzanne Bump cites poor oversight, credit card use, expense reimbursement, tenant selection and vacancy turnover at Easton Housing Authority.

 

(A press release from the state auditor's office.)

A state audit released Friday faulted the Easton Housing Authority for poor management in the areas of oversight, credit card use, expense reimbursement, tenant selection and vacancy turnover. 

"When taken together, the many faults we uncovered at the Easton Housing Authority call into question the previous administration's ability to properly manage resources to benefit the lives of the residents they serve," Auditor Suzanne Bump said in a statement.  "The current administration of the authority has been cooperative with our audit process and is using our findings to improve its operations."

Among other things, the audit found that 178 of 268 credit card transactions lacked documentation to justify their business nature, totaling nearly $30,000 in "unsupported purchases."

Bump's office also concluded that a tenant related to authority staff was transferred from a second-floor apartment to a first-floor apartment "outside of operating procedure."

Diane E. Peterson June 17, 2012 at 11:21 AM
We think that there should be some type of audit within the whole Town offices, done yearly! It could prove interesting.
Colleen Corona June 17, 2012 at 12:37 PM
The Town is audited annually. There is a five member audit committee charged with overseeing the audit, which is performed by an outside auditing firm. For information on the audit committee and the requirments they must meet, see link below. http://www.easton.ma.us/Directory/audit_committee/AuditCommittee.htm
Diane E. Peterson June 18, 2012 at 11:49 AM
We would like to know the name of the "outside" auditing firm. Thanks
Elaine Dahlgren June 19, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I personally wrote a letter about this situation over a year ago!! I asked for a forensic audit!! My letter was in all local papers. Le
Janet Sroczynski June 19, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Perhaps Stonehill College could come up with the names of a few accounting students who have an interest in some type of "work-for-credit" program that could be created, and give the students hands-on experience similar to the program in place at Northeastern University, a co-op program of sorts for training prior to graduation. Many of the students are currently being recruited out of Stonehill College and for years n' years now by a Big 4 accounting firm.....1) http://www.pwc.com. Also look into accountability software, it tracks every penny.

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