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April 14, 2009

DiNapoli's Office Completes Municipal Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audits of Fulton County – Internal Controls Over Information Technology, and Orleans County – Building Energy Program.

“My office’s audits of local governments improve their financial management practices,” DiNapoli said. “These audits are tools for local officials to make sure proper policies and procedures are in place to protect taxpayer dollars and provide the best possible service these taxpayer dollars can deliver.”

Fulton County – Internal Controls Over Information Technology
The county’s inadequate and outdated Information Technology System Security Policy, combined with management’s failure to implement policy provisions or develop suitable processes to safeguard the county’s computer systems and data, resulted in serious weaknesses in the security of the county’s network. Although auditors did not find any instances where county data was improperly accessed, modified, misused, or disclosed; these control weaknesses placed the county’s IT resources at increased risk that such instances could occur.

Orleans County – Building Energy Program
Auditors found that the county had not established a formal building energy program and did not document that it sought competition for its energy supplies. Although the county purchased energy at favorable rates, it did not perform formal price comparisons or extend its prices to other municipalities. Auditors did not identify any energy-saving programs or initiatives that the county implemented. Therefore, it cannot be assured that the county has the most efficient practices in place. However, auditors determined that the county could save between $10,676 and $14,599 a year if it implemented certain practices.

Click on the links above to view the audits. If you have any questions or would like a comment from the Comptroller’s office regarding these audits, please call the Press Office at 518-474-4015 or send an email.


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