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March 1, 2013

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

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

Office of Children and Family Services, Oversight of Child Protective Services Outside New York City (Follow-Up) (2011-F-19)
An initial audit found that districts are intervening in a timely and appropriate manner to protect the children who are at risk in the most serious types of child abuse cases. However, the actions taken are not summarized in a format that would enable OCFS to readily determine that necessary interventions have actually occurred. In a follow-up report, auditors determined OCFS officials have not made progress in correcting the problems identified in the initial report.

Division of Housing and Community Renewal, Housing Preferences for Disabled Veterans (Follow-Up) (2012-F-21)
In November 2007, the Private Housing Law was amended to require housing companies to provide disabled veterans with a preference in the admission to Mitchell-Lama housing developments. An initial audit found disabled veterans did not receive the intended housing preference. The individual Mitchell-Lama housing companies failed to follow the Division’s guidance concerning the law, and the division failed to monitor the housing companies adequately. In a follow-up report, auditors found DHCR officials have made significant progress in correcting the problems identified in the initial report.

Alfred State College of Technology, Selected Employee Travel Expenses (2012-S-142)
As part of a statewide initiative to determine whether the use of travel money by selected government employees was appropriate, Auditors examined travel expenses for the highest-cost travelers in the State. In an audit of $1,293,461 of the college’s travel payments, auditors found two Alfred employees had travel costs totaling $224,683. Auditors also examined other travel expenses, including $1,037,509 paid to a provider of campus services such as transportation, vending, and concessions, and airfare expenses incurred by one employee that totaled $31,269. Auditors found that the travel expenses for the three employees and the service provider were documented and adhered to state travel rules and regulations.

State University of New York College at Cortland, Selected Employee Travel Expenses (2012-S-144)
As part of a Statewide initiative to determine whether the use of travel money by selected government employees was appropriate, auditors looked at travel expenses for the highest-cost travelers in the state. Auditors found five SUNY Cortland employees had travel costs totaling $696,909. The travel expenses for the employees selected for audit were documented and adhered to state travel rules and regulations.

State University of New York College of Optometry, Selected Employee Travel Expenses (2012-S-148)
As part of a statewide initiative to determine whether the use of travel money by selected government employees was appropriate, auditors looked at travel expenses for the highest-cost travelers in the state.
One employee at the College of Optometry had travel costs totaling $116,828. The selected employee was responsible for arranging travel for other college staff members, charging these travel expenses to his travel card. The expenses were documented and generally adhered to state travel rules and regulations. However, auditors found one instance where SUNY Optometry paid $9,000 to the Intrepid Museum Foundation for an event that was not related to travel. SUNY Optometry travel guidelines states that such payments are not permissible. A college official told auditors the card was uses only as a contingency because the vendor had not received the check issued for payment.

State University of New York College at Purchase, Selected Employee Travel Expenses (2012-S-149)
As part of a statewide initiative to determine whether the use of travel money by selected government employees was appropriate, auditors looked at travel expenses for the highest-cost travelers in the state.
An employee at SUNY Purchase and incurred lodging costs totaling $991,999. Auditors found the employee was responsible for arranging overflow student housing at local hotels each fall semester when on campus housing was exhausted, charging these expenses to her procurement card. Housing students at local hotels has been the practice since 2002. The expenses were appropriately approved and documented. However, College management has not conducted a formal written study to examine the options for alleviating the student housing shortage and to ensure the most efficient use of state funds.


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