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November 12, 2009

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

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

Division of Housing and Community Renewal: Oversight of Selected Purchasing Practices at Rochdale Village (Follow-Up Report) (2009-F-21)
Many of New York’s publicly financed housing developments are owned by private housing companies, such as Rochdale Village, Inc., which owns 5,860 cooperative apartments in Queens. Auditors examined Rochdale’s purchasing practices and identified widespread noncompliance with competitive bidding requirements, as it was Rochdale’s practice to use certain vendors without obtaining assurance that their prices were fair and reasonable. Auditors determined that Rochdale was not closely overseen by the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), and recommended that the oversight be strengthened. When auditors followed up on these matters with DHCR officials, they found that DHCR had made some progress in implementing the recommendations, but additional actions were still needed.

State University of New York: Oversight of Campus-Related Foundations (Follow-Up Report) (2009-F-33)
SUNY campuses contract with campus-related, not-for-profit foundations to accomplish fundraising which supports the educational, research and public service missions of the campuses. SUNY System Administration oversees all SUNY operations, including the foundations. Earlier, auditors examined this oversight and found that it needed to be improved to be sufficient to ensure that the foundations conducted their activities exclusively for the benefit of the campuses and in accordance with SUNY and campus policies. For example, auditors determined that the investment and expenditure policies of several foundations did not fully comply with SUNY requirements. When auditors followed up on these matters with SUNY officials, they found SUNY had generally implemented the audit recommendations.

New York City Department of Correction: Manhattan Detention Complex: Control and Accountability Over Bail Funds (2009-N-3)
Bail for individuals in the custody of the New York City Department of Correction may be posted at the Manhattan Detention Complex. The facility is responsible for recording the receipt of such bail funds, depositing the funds in its bank account, and remitting the funds to the New York City Department of Finance for safekeeping. Auditors examined the controls over these bail funds and found that they were not always adequately controlled and appropriately safeguarded while they were in the possession of the Manhattan Detention Complex. Auditors also identified delays in the deposit and remittal of the funds. While auditors identified no instances of missing bail funds, the risk of such irregularities increases if the funds are not adequately controlled, appropriately safeguarded, and promptly remitted for safekeeping.

State 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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