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February 23, 2011


Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

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

New York City Department of Education, Monitoring of Supplemental Educational Services Providers (Follow-Up) (2010-F-38)
In the 2006-07 school year, the New York City Department of Education contracted with 108 Supplemental Educational Services providers and paid them about $74 million for their tutoring sessions with more than 55,000 students. In audit report 2007-N-22, auditors examined whether the payments made to the contractors were accurate and the services were provided in accordance with contract requirements. Auditors found a risk of overpayments to providers and that the size of some tutoring classes exceeded the limits specified in the contracts.  They also found that not all provider employees working with children had undergone criminal background checks. Auditors made numerous recommendations to correct these and other deficiencies and when they followed up they found that significant progress had been made.

Department of Civil Service, New York State Health Insurance Program: Payments for Repackaged Brand Name Drugs Dispensed Under the Empire Plan (2010-S-38)
To reduce medication errors, the pharmaceutical industry developed processes for placing drugs into single dose packaging (versus traditional multi-dose bottles). This is commonly known as “repackaging,” which tends to increase costs for a drug. The contract requires United Healthcare (United) to have controls in place to protect the state from any inflated costs associated with “repackaging.” However, auditors found that United’s efforts did not adequately protect the state from these costs. Some pharmacies submitted excessive claims for repackaged drugs and the state overpaid. Auditors recommended improvements over controls to protect the state from these excessive costs.

State University of New York, College at Oneonta: Network Security Controls (Follow-Up) (2010-F-44)
The College at Oneonta uses a computer network in a number of its activities. In audit report 2009-S-3, DiNapoli’s auditors examined selected aspects of the security controls in place over this network and found that certain improvements were needed. So as not to compromise the security of the network, our detailed findings and recommendations were not included in the public report but rather presented directly to officials. When auditors followed up they found many actions were taken to implement their recommendations but some additional steps were needed.


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