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December 9, 2008



Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

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

New York City Administration for Children’s Services: Status of the Action Plan to Protect Children (2007-N-14)
The New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) administers child protective programs in the City. An August 2007 report issued by the New York City Department of Investigation found that between October 2005 and July 2006 there was 11 child fatalities and one near fatality while the children’s parents were under investigation by ACS for abuse or neglect, or after ACS had completed investigations. In response, ACS developed an action plan to help ensure that it was meeting its mandate to protect children. Auditors examined the actions taken by ACS in implementing this action plan and found that significant progress had been made, as 17 of the plan’s initiatives had been fully implemented, four had been partially implemented, and one was no longer applicable.

Department of Health: Administration of Government Funds Awarded to Dor Yeshorim (2007-R-5)
Dor Yeshorim is a not-for-profit organization offering genetic screening to members of the Jewish community. For the period January 1, 2005 through March 31, 2007, Dor Yeshorim received about $1 million in funding from New York State and New York City. Auditors examined whether Dor Yeshorim provided the services called for by its funding agreements. Auditors found that Dor Yeshorim provided the genetic screening services as required but did not fully comply with the agreements or account for its use of the funds.

Department of Correctional Services: Edgecombe Correctional Facility: Selected Late Vendor Payments (2007-S-94)
Under the prompt payment law, vendors may receive interest on their payments from New York State when the payments are not timely. Auditors examined a sample of untimely vendor payments made by Edgecombe Correctional Facility and found that the delays were avoidable.

Office of Children and Family Services: Tryon Limited Secure Residential Center: Selected Facility Costs (2007-S-105)
The Office of Children and Family Services operates residential facilities for youths referred to its custody by family and criminal courts. Auditors examined the controls over certain costs at Tryon Limited Secure Residential Center and found the controls were adequate and the costs were supported by appropriate documentation.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority: Bridges and Tunnels: Capital Project Planning and Cost Estimation (Follow-Up Report) (2008-F-27)
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges and Tunnels (B&T) operates seven bridges and two traffic tunnels in New York City. In audit 2003-S-58, auditors examined selected aspects of B&T’s capital program and found that certain improvements could be made in cost estimation practices and controls over change orders. When auditors followed up on this prior audit, they found that only some of the audits recommendations had been implemented.

Executive Order 111, which was issued in June 2001, requires all State agencies to purchase a certain portion of their electricity (at least 10 percent by 2005 and 20 percent by 2010) from renewable sources. Audits examined compliance with Executive Order 111 and found:

Office of General Services: Compliance with Executive Order 111 Requirements to Purchase Power from Renewable Energy Sources (2008-S-72)
The Office of General Services is in compliance with the Executive Order, as it was purchasing more than 10 percent of its electricity from renewable sources and had a plan in place for meeting the 20 percent target by 2010. However, OGS did not reach the 10 percent target until 2008. Auditors found that the agency might not reach the 20 percent target by 2010 unless actions were taken to either reduce its energy consumption or increase its electricity purchases from renewable sources.

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation: Compliance with Executive Order 111 Requirements to Purchase Power from Renewable Energy Sources (2008-S-73)
The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is purchasing some of its power from renewable sources, but not enough to meet the 10 percent target. Moreover, while the office had developed a plan for meeting the 20 percent target, but may not have accurately estimated its future energy needs. Auditors also identified significant weaknesses in the Office’s reporting of its renewable energy purchases.

Office of Mental Health: Compliance with Executive Order 111 Requirements to Purchase Power from Renewable Energy Sources (2008-S-80)
The Office of Mental Health is in compliance with the Executive Order, as it was purchasing more than 10 percent of its electricity from renewable sources and had a plan in place for meeting the 20 percent target by 2010.

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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