Massachusetts Auditor of the Commonwealth
|Massachusetts Auditor of the Commonwealth|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$17,194,196|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||General Laws of Massachusetts, Part I, Title II, Chapter 11, Section 1|
|Assumed office:||January 19, 2011|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other Massachusetts Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Secretary of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs • Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development • Public Utilities Commission|
The Massachusetts State Auditor is a state executive position in the Massachusetts state government. The Auditor's office is responsible for conducting financial, performance and technical audits of state programs, departments, agencies and other uses of public money.
The office of the state auditor is established by Part I, Title II, Chapter 11, Section 1 of the General Laws of Massachusetts:
|There shall be a department to be known as the department of the state auditor under his supervision and control, organized as provided in this chapter.|
According to Article XVII of the Massachusetts Constitution, an executive officer of the commonwealth must "have been an inhabitant of this commonwealth five years next preceding his election or appointment."
Massachusetts elects auditors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Massachusetts, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 are all auditor election years.
|Massachusetts Auditor, 2014|
|Democratic||Suzanne Bump Incumbent||57.8%||1,141,788|
|Republican||Patricia Saint Aubin||38.1%||752,881|
|Election Results via New York Times. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.|
If the office of the auditor becomes vacant during annual or special session of the general court, the public elects a successor, otherwise, "it shall be supplied by the governor by appointment, with the advice and consent of the council."
The office of the auditor is committed to ensuring 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 these ends, 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.
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The Office of the State Auditor's budget for the 2013 fiscal year was $17,194,196.
Part I, Title II, Chapter 11, Section 1 sets out the compensation for the Auditor:
|The state auditor shall receive a salary of $124,920 and an additional amount to be calculated by applying the adjustment percentage most recently ascertained by the governor pursuant to Article CXVIII of the Articles of Amendment to the Constitution to the preceding figure...|
In 2013, the Massachusetts State Auditor was paid an estimated $137,425.
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Office of the State Auditor, Executive Office
Boston, MA 02133
- Massachusetts State Auditor, "What the State Auditor's Office Does," accessed September 24, 2011
- Massachusetts Legislature, "Constitution," accessed September 18, 2012
- Massachusetts Auditor, "About the State Auditors Office" accessed February 3, 2013
- The Massachusetts Legislature, "FY 2013 Final Budget," accessed June 27, 2013
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials:Annual Salaries, accessed January 24, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," accessed June 25, 2011