An audit report released by the Office of State Auditor Suzanne Bump found that the gubernatorial Boards and Commissions Office (BCO) has not ensured that the information entered into its boards and commissions tracking database was complete and accurate, creating the risk of positions not being filled in a timely manner, and that Governor Baker's office routinely allows board and commission members to serve long after their terms have expired.

The report looked at whether the Governor’s Office filled all vacant seats on the Commonwealth’s active boards and commissions as prescribed by state laws, regulations, or executive orders during the period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020.  It recommends limiting how long an appointee can serve in a holdover capacity until they are reappointed or replaced, as well as the proliferation of board and commissions throughout state government. 

As a note, Auditor Bump is not seeking another term in 2022. The GOV’s Boards and Commissions Office has existed since 1991, and oversees appointments of appropriate and qualified candidates to all executive branch boards and commissions.