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July 8, 2008


Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

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

Department of Civil Service New York State Health Insurance Program: Health Insurance Premiums for Participating Employers (Report 2007-S-83)
In the New York State Health Insurance Program, the Department of Civil Service administers employee health insurance programs for state agencies, public authorities and local government agencies. The audit examined the billing process and found that the billings and collections were timely, and the billings were, for the most part, accurate. However, because the department's records were not fully updated when some of the covered employees changed employers (switching from a public authority to a state agency, or vice versa), three public authorities were either under-billed or over-billed for their covered employees. Auditors recommended that these errors be corrected and controls be developed to prevent future errors. Department officials reported that the state should realize a net recovery of $565,671 when the errors identified are corrected.

Housing Finance Agency Senior Housing Finance Program Follow-Up Report (Report 2008-F-7)
In the Senior Housing Finance Program, the Housing Finance Agency (HFA) finances the construction and rehabilitation of affordable apartments for low-income seniors. To qualify for the financing, the apartment owners must file certain reports with HFA and ensure that their tenants meet the program's age and income requirements. A prior audit examined the owners' compliance with these requirements and found instances of late submissions, outdated lease agreements and agreements missing required HFA riders. Auditors followed up on these matters with HFA officials and found progress had been made in implementing audit recommendations, but additional actions were still needed.

State University of New York Educational Opportunity Program (Report 2007-S-99)
In its Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), the State University of New York (SUNY) provides tutoring, counseling, tuition-support and financial assistance to economically and academically disadvantaged students. The audit examined the use of EOP funds at four selected campuses and found that three of the campuses did not always use the funds in accordance with requirements. For example, during the two years covered by the audit, a counselor at the University of Albany was paid $93,182 to work with EOP students. However, there was little documentation to support the counselor's work activities and indications the counselor may not have worked all the time that was claimed. Auditors identified a total of $636,117 in questionable EOP expenditures at three campuses, and recommended SUNY System Administration improve its monitoring of EOP activities at these and other campuses.
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