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March 24, 2009

DiNapoli’s Office Completes School Audit

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed an audit of Bayport-Blue Point Union Free School District.

“My office’s audits of school districts and BOCES help schools improve their financial management practices,” DiNapoli said. “These audits are tools for schools to make sure proper policies and procedures are in place to protect taxpayer dollars and provide students with the best possible education.”

Bayport-Blue Point Union Free School District – Internal Controls Over Selected Financial Operations (Suffolk County)
Auditors found the controls over the business office’s operations needed to be improved. For example, the district recorded accounting journal entries as late as six months after the transactions took place. The district made nearly $500,000 in wire transfers without evidence of proper authorization. In addition, the treasurer did not maintain adequate control over her signature disk. The district’s claims audit process also needs to be improved. The claims auditor did not communicate with or report directly to the board and did not submit periodic reports to the board. Furthermore, the district’s procurement policy in effect during the audit period did not address the procurement of professional services and did not require the use of competition when obtaining these services.

Click on the link aboveTo view the audit.

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