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April 16, 2009

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

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

State Education Department: Assessment of Selected Financial Management Practices (Follow-Up Report) (2008-F-41)
In a prior audit (2006-S-99), auditors found the State Education Department’s equipment inventory records were inaccurate, incomplete, and unreliable. Auditors also found that the department paid its vendors late 35 percent of the time and did not update its payroll records in a timely manner. In some instances, the inaccurate payroll records led to salary payments the employees were not entitled to. Auditors followed up on these matters with department officials and found steps had been taken to improve these controls.

Department of Health: Montrose Veterans Home: Vendor Interest Payments (Follow-Up Report) (2009-F-8)
The Department of Health operates the New York State Veterans’ Home at Montrose, a health care facility for veterans and their dependents. Under the Prompt Payment Law, vendors may receive interest on their payments from the state when the payments are not timely. In a prior audit (2007-S-69), auditors examined the untimely payments made by the Veterans' Home at Montrose over a two-year period. Auditors found that the interest payments were avoidable. When auditors followed up on this matter, they found the prior audit’s recommendations had been implemented.

Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation: Recycling Program (2008-S-140)
Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation supports the operation and maintenance of the residential community on Roosevelt Island in the East River in New York City. The corporation is required to comply with recycling requirements specified in state law and Executive Order 4, which was issued in April 2008. Auditors found that the corporation was generally in compliance with these requirements. However, because the corporation had yet to begin compiling data on certain recycling activities, auditors found it was unlikely the corporation would be able to comply with certain new reporting requirements.

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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