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December 1, 2009



DiNapoli’s Office Completes BOCES Audit

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed an audit of the Greater Southern Tier Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

“My office’s audits of school districts and BOCES help schools improve their financial management practices,” DiNapoli said. “These audits are tools for schools to make sure proper policies and procedures are in place to protect taxpayer dollars and provide students with the best possible education.”

Greater Southern Tier BOCES – Regional Information Center (Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Tioga counties)
Auditors found RIC personnel had unlimited access to all school districts’ networks and the financial applications that they service. Furthermore, RIC personnel had administrator rights on the financial systems application, giving them the ability to access all modules within this application. Auditors included similar findings in our prior examination report in January 2007. BOCES officials should set up user accounts so that RIC personnel can access only those school districts’ networks and financial applications that are necessary for them to complete their job duties.

To view the audit above, visit: www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/index.htm. If you have any questions or would like a comment from the Comptroller’s office regarding the audit above, please call Emily DeSantis at 518-474-4015.

School District Accountability
In order to improve accountability of the state’s schools, DiNapoli’s office will audit all of New York’s school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services by 2010. The State Comptroller’s office has completed 690 school audits and approximately 40 school audits are currently underway.

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