August 23, 2010
DiNapoli: State Potentially Paid $883,000 Inappropriately to Defunct After-School Program
Defunct not-for-profit Educators for Children, Youth and Families Inc. (Educators for Children), which offered after-school services to children in New York City, may have received $883,530 in state funding it shouldn't have gotten, according to an audit released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
“Educational programs are supposed to help children learn,” DiNapoli said. “Those programs are not supposed to rip off taxpayers. The cost of after-school services and child care is already high enough without throwing this kind of behavior into the mix.”
From October 2002 through July 2007, Educators for Children received almost $3.2 million in state funding. Auditors examined $1.8 million of these payments, and found that Educators for Children could not provide support or justification for almost half ($883,530) of these payments.
Among the audit’s findings:
DiNapoli’s auditors blamed these problems on extremely weak oversight and a virtually inactive board of directors. Furthermore, the contract awarding agencies did not actively monitor contract operations.
DiNapoli’s auditors recommended that SED and OCFS:
A copy of the full audit, including the OCFS and SED response, can be found here.