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June 13, 2012

 

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Municipal Audit

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audit of the City of Syracuse.

“My office's audits of local governments improve their financial management practices," DiNapoli said. "These audits are tools for local officials to make sure proper policies and procedures are in place to protect taxpayer dollars and provide the best possible service these taxpayer dollars can deliver."

City of Syracuse – Internal Controls Over Time and Attendance of the Citizen Review Board (Onondaga)
The city’s system of time and attendance controls over the Citizen Review Board (CRB) office employees is not adequately designed or operating effectively. Auditors found that the Board’s administrator spent a significant amount of time conducting private legal work during the city’s normal business hours. The administrator, possibly with the knowledge and consent of the CRB’s chairman and vice chair, used city computers in the conduct of her private law practice, despite the city having adopted a formal computer use policy to help prevent use of public property for private purposes. The CRB Administrator did not maintain adequate time records on file, did not ensure that the central timekeeping system was kept up-to-date, and did not approve the clerk’s timesheets or certify payrolls in a timely manner.


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