November 19, 2010
DiNapoli's Office Completes Audit of the Catskill Central School District
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audit: Catskill Central School District – Internal Controls Over Purchasing and Information Technology.
“As Comptroller, I’m committed to using the audit process to make sure state and local governments run as efficiently as possible,” DiNapoli said. “These audits are tools governments should use to better protect taxpayer dollars. The Catskill Central School District did not enforce its purchasing policies and failed to implement effective information technology controls to protect its computer systems. The district should develop policies and procedures to safeguard taxpayer dollars and protect its computer assets.”
DiNapoli’s auditors found that the district needs to improve its internal controls over the procurement of goods and services not subject to competitive bidding requirements. District officials did not comply with and enforce the district’s purchasing policies for the procurement of goods and services when competitive bidding was not required by law.
Auditors from DiNapoli’s office noted that 13 of 30 purchases reviewed, totaling $53,482, were made without the benefit of price comparisons. Procedures were not in place to monitor compliance with the district’s procurement policy and instances of noncompliance were not reported to the board.
Lastly, auditors found that the district could also improve its internal controls to more effectively safeguard the district's computer system and data.
For a full copy of the audit, see: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/schools/2010/catskill.pdf
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