“A Conversation with Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump”

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE,” delves into the role and charge of the State Auditor in, “A Conversation with Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump”. The forum, the eighth of the 20th season, will be held on Thursday May 28th, from 7:00PM-8:00PM, at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

Suzanne M. Bump was elected Auditor of the Commonwealth in 2010, one of six constitutional officers in Massachusetts, and the first female to serve in this role in the state’s history. The Office of the State Auditor works to ensure that every dollar given to state government is a dollar well spent and that state agencies and contractors follow the rules when spending public funds. To that end, the Office conducts financial, performance, and technical assessments of programs, departments, agencies, authorities, contracts, and vendors. While these audits and reports may uncover problems and issues, they also contain recommendations to improve accountability, efficiency, and transparency, making state government work better for the citizens of the Commonwealth. Under her leadership, the office went from failing an outside review from the National State Auditor’s Association to receiving the highest rating from that very same group in 2014. State audits in the 21st Century now evaluate whole government systems, and make important recommendations for improving overall efficiency and transparency. Prior to her election, Auditor Bump served in Governor Deval Patrick’s cabinet as Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development and had represented the Town of Braintree for eight years in House of Representatives.

How does the Auditor choose which agencies to audit? What does it mean for a department to receive a poor audit? How does the Auditor work with the Legislature and the Governor? Do audits really improve governmental efficiency and transparency? What else does the Auditor do? Do we really need a State Auditor? Find out the answers to these questions and bring your own. Don’t miss this forum May 28th, from 7PM-8PM. As always, the forum will take its shape largely from questions from the audience. Questions can also be submitted in advance at www.jaykaufman.com, or tweet your questions to @repjaykaufman.  

In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.