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July 23, 2009

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases NYC Audits

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

City University of New York: Oversight of Computer Resources (2008-S-69)
The City University of New York (CUNY) consists of eleven senior colleges, six community colleges, and several other specialized and professional schools. These colleges and schools have computer networks and data centers. We audited CUNY’s physical access, wireless and other controls over these computer resources. We found that certain improvements were needed in these controls. Our detailed findings and recommendations were provided to CUNY officials during the course of our audit, but were not included in our public report due to the sensitivity of the information.

New York City Department of Education Monitoring of Supplemental Educational Services Providers (2007-N-22)
Supplemental Educational Services are special federally-funded tutoring services offered to low-income students where a significant portion of the student population is not meeting certain academic performance goals. The services are generally offered by qualified contractors before or after school or on weekends. In the 2006-07 school year, the New York City Department of Education (DoE) contracted with 108 SES providers and paid them about $74 million for tutoring more than 55,000 students. Auditors examined whether the payments made to the contractors were accurate and the services were provided in accordance with contract requirements. Auditors found DoE was at risk of overpaying the providers, because the payments were based on unreliable attendance data that was submitted by the providers. Auditors also found the size of some tutoring classes exceeded contract limits. In addition, when auditors attempted to verify if tutors and other employees had necessary criminal background checks, they found 37 employees at 10 of the providers were not cleared to work with children, and 156 other employees at 12 providers might have lacked the proper clearance status.

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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