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March 6, 2009

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

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

Department of Labor: Use of New Hires Database (Follow-Up Report) (2008-F-50)
Employers in New York State are required to report their new hires to the state. The Department of Labor regularly compares the names in this new hires database to the names of those receiving unemployment insurance. If anyone is receiving benefits while they are employed, the department recovers the unemployment insurance overpayments from the individuals. In a prior audit (2006-S-86), auditors examined the department’s use of the new hires database and found that it was effective but could use some improvements. In the follow up audit, auditors found the department had implemented the audit recommendations.

Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority: Compliance with Executive Order 111 Requirements to Purchase Power from Renewable Energy Sources (2008-S-84)
Executive Order 111, which was issued in June 2001, requires all state agencies and certain public authorities to purchase a certain portion of their electricity from renewable sources (at least 10 percent by 2005 and 20 percent by 2010). Auditors found that the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority is not in compliance with the order. It has not met the 10 percent requirement and has not addressed how to meet the 20 percent target.

The following two audits examined whether state entities complied with certain recycling requirements specified in state law and Executive Order 4, which was issued in April 2008:

Empire State Development Corporation: Recycling Program (2008-S-137)
Auditors found that Empire State Development Corporation was generally in compliance with recycling requirements, although it was not recycling glass products.

Office of General Services: Recycling Program (2008-S-134)
The Office of General Services (OGS) is in general compliance with recycling requirements. In addition, because OGS owns and operates a number of state office buildings, it is responsible for implementing a recycling program that covers both its own employees and employees of other state agencies. However, auditors found that some state employees were not fully informed of OGS’ recycling program.

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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