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January 06, 2011


Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

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

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Contracts for Personal and Miscellaneous Services (2009-S-101)
During the period April 1, 2006 through December 21, 2009, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (Office) had 245 active personal and miscellaneous service contracts in place with a total value of more than $847 million. Auditors examined whether the office was adequately justifying the need to initially contract out for such services and periodically reassessing whether such contracts could be deferred, eliminated or reduced to save state funds. Auditors reviewed a sample of 27 contracts and found that the office was not able demonstrate that it had formally evaluated and justified the need for any of the selected contracts and has not been periodically reassessing whether such contracts could be deferred, eliminated or reduced.

State Education Department, Accuracy of Graduation and Dropout Data in Annual Report Cards for Selected High Schools (Follow-Up) (2010-F-34)
In report 2008-S-45, auditors reviewed data for 12 schools and found that the graduation rates reported by two schools and dropout rates reported by four schools were inaccurate by more than 5 percentage points. Auditors also determined that, while the department had some controls in place to ensure the accuracy of the information in the report cards, these controls were not sufficient. When followed up on, auditors found that department officials made significant progress.

Department of Health, Medicaid Payments to Selected Providers for Services to Recipients with Medicare Part C Coverage (2010-S-22)
DiNapoli’s audit determined whether the Department of Health had established and implemented adequate controls over Medicaid payments to selected providers for recipients who are also covered under Medicare Part C. Auditors reviewed 270 claims from four providers and determined that three of the providers received overpayments from Medicaid totaling about $758,000. Auditors further determined that many of the overpayments could have been prevented if certain controls were in place on its claims processing system.

Department of Health, Medicaid Claims Processing Activity: October 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010 (2009-S-71)
Medicaid claims are processed and paid by an automated system (eMedNY) that is overseen by the Department of Health. Auditors looked at the system and the payments made for the period October 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010. They concluded that eMedNY ensured that Medicaid claims were submitted and processed in accordance with requirements, and resulted in correct payments to providers. However, auditors also identified certain conditions relating to actual and potential overpayments.  These overpayments were either prevented or recovered by the end of the audit period. Auditors also found 15 providers who were charged with abusing Medicaid, Medicare or other health insurance systems. The department terminated five of these providers but the remaining ten were still under review.

State 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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