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April 9, 2009


Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced today that the following audits have been issued:

State Education Department: Accuracy of Graduation and Dropout Data in Annual Report Cards for Selected High Schools (2008-S-45)
The State Education Department is responsible for reporting high school graduation and dropout rates to the public. The department publishes an annual report card for each public high school in the state. Auditors examined the rates published in the 2007 reports cards of 12 high schools and found graduation rates reported by two of the schools, and dropout rates reported by four of the schools, were inaccurate by more than 5 percentage points. For example, one high school reported a graduation rate of 50 percent, when the actual graduation rate was 41 percent. Similarly, another high school reported a dropout rate of 24 percent, when the actual dropout rate was 44 percent. The rates reported by the schools were incorrect because they were incorrectly excluding certain students from their calculations, such as students who had supposedly transferred to GED programs. However, there was no evidence the students had actually enrolled in such programs.

Higher Education Services Corporation - Tuition Assistance Program: Mandl School (2008-T-2)
During the 2004-2005 through 2006-2007 academic years, Mandl School certified $2.1 million in Tuition Assistance Program awards. Auditors disallowed $121,331 because students were incorrectly certified as eligible for the awards. For example, some students received awards even though they did not meet matriculation requirements.

Department of Economic Development: Recycling Program (2008-S-168)
The Department of Economic Development (Department) is required to comply with recycling requirements specified in state law and Executive Order 4. Auditors found that the department was not in compliance with these requirements. In addition, the Department had not submitted the required annual reports about its recycling efforts.

State Government Accountability
The Office of the State Comptroller regularly audits state agencies, public authorities and New York City agencies. Auditors ensure that programs achieve their established goals, funds are used efficiently and assets are adequately protected against fraud, waste and abuse. DiNapoli’s office completes approximately 200 state audits and annually identifies hundreds of millions in savings and fraud each year.


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