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March 17, 2009

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

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

Department of Motor Vehicles: Contract with the Motorcycle Association of New York State, Inc. (2007-R-3)
The Department of Motor Vehicles contracts with the Motorcycle Association of New York State,
Inc. to administer a statewide motorcycle operator and instructor training program and promote public awareness of the program. Auditors found that the contractor was not complying with all contract requirements. For example, the contractor was supposed to establish a certain number of training facilities. At the time of the audit, 30 such facilities should have been established; however, auditors found that only 20 had been established. Auditors also determined that many of the instructors may not have possessed all the required qualifications, and some of the expenses claimed by the contractors were not adequately documented.

New York City Technology Steering Committee: New York City Agencies: Business Continuity and Information Technology Disaster Recovery Plans (Follow-Up Report) (2008-F-14)
The New York City Technology Steering Committee is composed of certain designated city officials. The committee is responsible for coordinating and overseeing New York City’s technology strategies. In a prior audit (2006-N-1), auditors examined the manner in which New York City ensures that its agencies have adequate business continuity and information technology disaster recovery plans and effective oversight of these plans. Auditors identified the need for corrective actions in these areas. When auditors followed up on these matters, auditors found that significant progress had been made by city officials in implementing our audit recommendations. Due to the sensitivity of the information, the detailed audit findings and recommendations were not included in either the original audit report or the follow-up report.

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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