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August 6, 2008

 

State Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

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

Department of Health Medicaid Claims Processing (Report 2007-S-115)
Medicaid claims are processed and paid by an automated system that is operated by a contractor and overseen by the Department of Health. Auditors examined select Medicaid claims processed during the six months ended March 31, 2008 to determine whether the claims were processed in accordance with procedures. The audit found that the claims were processed properly. However an error was identified that would have resulted in overpayments of $84,950. The error was corrected, preventing the overpayments, when the matter was brought to the attention of department officials.

Housing Finance Agency State of New York Mortgage Agency Eligibility for Health Insurance Coverage (Report 2008-S-52)
The Housing Finance Agency (HFA) and the State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA) are public benefit corporations created to support housing and homeownership programs. HFA and SONYMA participate in the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP), which provides health insurance coverage to state and local government employees and their dependents. The audit examined HFA’s and SONYMA’s practices for enrolling individuals and their dependents in NYSHIP, and found that they were only enrolling people who met the eligibility requirements. However, HFA and SONYMA were not always obtaining sufficient documentation from their employees to demonstrate that individuals being enrolled as dependents qualified for this coverage under state rules. Auditors recommended that HFA and SONYMA obtain and maintain such documentation.

Hudson River-Black River Regulating District Eligibility for Health Insurance Coverage (Report 2008-S-51)
The Hudson River-Black River Regulating District regulates the flow of the Hudson River and the Black River. The District participates in the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP), which provides health insurance coverage to state and local government employees and their dependents. The audit examined the District’s practices for enrolling individuals and their dependents in NYSHIP, and found that the District was only enrolling people who met the eligibility requirements. However, auditors determined that the District was not always obtaining sufficient documentation from its employees to demonstrate that individuals being enrolled as dependents qualified for this coverage under state rules. Auditors recommended that the District obtain and maintain such documentation.

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development Monitoring of New York City Mitchell-Lama Waiting Lists Follow-Up Report (Report 2008-F-8)
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) supervises privately owned and privately managed housing developments that were created under the New York State Private Housing Finance Law (the Mitchell-Lama Law). Apartments in these developments are rented or sold through waiting lists maintained by the private housing companies. The waiting lists are to meet certain requirements and are to be monitored by HPD. A prior audit (2004-N-8), examined HPD’s monitoring practices and found that, at two of the ten housing developments visited, apartments had been given to tenants who were not on the waiting lists. Auditors recommended that certain improvements be made in HPD’s monitoring practices. Upon following up on these matters with HPD officials, auditors found that significant progress had been made in implementing the recommendations.

New York State Bridge Authority Eligibility for Health Insurance Coverage (Report 2008-S-55)
The New York State Bridge Authority operates and maintains five toll bridges that cross the Hudson River. The Authority participates in the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP), which provides health insurance coverage to state and local government employees and their dependents. The audit examined the Authority’s practices for enrolling individuals and their dependents in NYSHIP, and found that the Authority was only enrolling people who met the eligibility requirements. However, auditors determined that the Authority was not always obtaining sufficient documentation from its employees to demonstrate that individuals being enrolled as dependents qualified for this coverage under state rules. The audit recommended that the Authority obtain and maintain such documentation.

New York State Thruway Authority New York State Canal Corporation Accuracy of Employee Retirement Reporting (Report 2008-S-57)
The New York State Thruway Authority maintains New York’s superhighway system. The Authority enrolls many of its employees in the New York State Employees’ Retirement System. The audit examined the Authority’s enrollment practices and found that they complied with state requirements. In addition, the Authority is required to report certain information to the Retirement System about the enrolled employees’ earning and number of days worked. Auditors examined these reporting practices and found that the information reported by the Authority was, for the most part, accurate. However, one reporting error was identified, which auditors recommended be corrected.

New York State Thruway Authority New York State Canal Corporation Eligibility for Health Insurance Coverage (Report 2008-S-50)
The New York State Thruway Authority maintains New York’s superhighway system. The Authority participates in the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP), which provides health insurance coverage to state and local government employees and their dependents. The audit examined the Authority’s practices for enrolling individuals and their dependents in NYSHIP, and found that the Authority was only enrolling people who met the eligibility requirements. However, the Authority was not always obtaining sufficient documentation from its employees to demonstrate that individuals being enrolled as dependents qualified for this coverage under state rules. Auditors recommended that the Authority obtain and maintain such documentation. The audit also found that the Authority was inappropriately paying health insurance premiums for its uncompensated board members and recommended that the Authority discontinue this practice.

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Selected Payroll Practices at the Long Island Region (Report 2007-S-89)
The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has eleven regional offices. The Long Island regional office, which oversees 32 state parks and other facilities, employs about 500 year-round staff and more than 1,800 seasonal staff. Auditors examined the regional office’s payroll-related practices and found improvements were needed to ensure employees were paid only for time actually worked. For example, seasonal employees and their supervisors were not always required to sign the employees’ official time records, thus increasing the risk such records could be inaccurate or that the time worked was not authorized. In addition, while the regional office performed periodic unannounced observations at its work locations to determine whether employees were on duty as scheduled, the office did not always adequately follow up on the employees who could not be accounted for during these observations. The audit recommended certain actions be taken by the regional office to strengthen its controls over payroll-related practices.

Olympic Regional Development Authority Eligibility for Health Insurance Coverage (Report 2008-S-54)
The Olympic Regional Development Authority operates and maintains certain sports facilities in Lake Placid and elsewhere. The Authority participates in the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP), which provides health insurance coverage to state and local government employees and their dependents. The audit examined the Authority’s practices for enrolling individuals and their dependents in NYSHIP, and found that the Authority was only enrolling people who met the eligibility requirements. Auditors also determined that the Authority was obtaining sufficient documentation from its employees to demonstrate that individuals being enrolled as dependents qualified for this coverage under state rules.

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