Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced today the following audits have been issued:
Department of Transportation – Oversight of Grants (2009-S-78)
Government agencies often award grants to public, private and not-for-profit entities so that these entities can carry out government programs. Auditors assessed whether the Department of Transportation (DOT) was effectively overseeing its grant activity by reviewing a sample of 15 capital construction grants with a total value of about $64.6 million. Auditors found both strengths and improvement opportunities in the DOT's oversight of its grants.
Department of Correctional Services – Selected Aspects of the Procurement of Pharmaceuticals (2010-F-50)
The Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) has 70 facilities housing about 63,000 inmates. Some facilities have pharmacies to fill inmate medical prescriptions, while others have their prescriptions filled by vendors. In audit report 2006-S-20, auditors examined whether DOCS had taken all available steps to buy pharmaceuticals at the lowest possible cost. Auditors found that DOCS complied with procurement guidelines and made reasonable efforts to obtain the lowest price for pharmaceuticals. However, auditors identified certain actions that could be taken to further reduce costs. When auditors followed up with DOCS officials, they found progress had been made in correcting the problems identified in the initial audit.
Office for People with Developmental Disabilities - Oversight of Criminal History Record Checks for Employees of Voluntary Agencies and Registered Providers (2011-F-2)
The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) provides residential, day and family support services for 140,000 New Yorkers with developmental disabilities. Prospective employees, including those at voluntary agencies and register providers who have regular and substantial unsupervised or unrestricted physical contact with the developmentally disabled, are required by law to undergo a background check. In report 2007-S-112, auditors examined the voluntary agencies' and registered providers' compliance with this requirement and found that, in general, they were in compliance. Auditors also found that OPWDD’s oversight appeared to be adequate, but that certain improvements were needed. In a follow up report, auditors found that OPWDD made some progress in addressing the matters in the initial audit report.