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February 3, 2009


Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

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

Office of Mental Health: South Beach Psychiatric Center: Facility Security (Follow-Up Report) (2008-F-28)
South Beach Psychiatric Center, which is located on Staten Island, houses about 300 patients. In a prior audit (2006-S-36), auditors examined security practices at the center and found problems. Auditors found security personnel at the facility’s front gate were not performing their duties. For example, on several instances, auditors observed taxis exiting the facility without being stopped to verify the passengers were authorized to leave. Auditors also determined that several patients were able to leave the grounds, even though they did not have permission to do so. When auditors followed up on these matters with center officials, auditors found that they had made progress in implementing audit recommendations, but additional improvements were still needed.

State Liquor Authority: Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control: Network Security Controls (2008-S-111)
In New York State, the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages is regulated by the State Liquor Authority, a three-member board of commissioners that is supported by the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Auditors examined the security controls in place over the division’s computer network and found that some improvements were needed.

Long Island Power Authority: Recycling Program (2008-S-135)
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is the primary supplier of electricity on Long Island. LIPA is required to comply with recycling requirements in state law and Executive Order 4, which was issued in April 2008. Auditors found that LIPA was generally in compliance with these requirements. However, because LIPA had yet to begin compiling data on certain recycling activities, auditors found it was unlikely LIPA would be able to comply with new reporting requirements.

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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