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THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

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Thomas P. DiNapoli

November 15, 2016, Contact: Press Office (518) 474-4015

State Comptroller DiNapoli Releases State Audits

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

State Education Department: Bornhava, Compliance with the Reimbursable Cost Manual (2016-S-23)
Bornhava, a not-for-profit organization located in Buffalo offers a range of preschool special education services to children with disabilities from birth to five years of age. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, auditors determined Bornhava claimed $14,237 in ineligible costs for its three rate-based preschool special education programs.

New York City Department of Finance: Reporting of Billboard Income (Follow-up) (2015-F-17)
An initial audit issued in August 2013 found that the New York City Department of Finance had limited documentation to support that assessors were verifying the Real Property Income Expense Statement billboard income. In addition, the department was not doing enough to identify and follow up on properties with billboards. In a follow-up report, auditors found the department has made progress in correcting each of the problems identified.

Westchester County Health Care Corporation (WCHCC): Contract Participation of Minority-and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) (2015-S-78)
For the 2014-15 and 2015-16 fiscal years, WCHCC set MWBE utilization goals of 21.71 percent and 30.23 percent, respectively, but did not have a clear process to develop the annual goal, limiting its ability to develop achievable and appropriate strategies to meet the objective of the program. WCHCC did not submit accurate quarterly MWBE reports for fiscal years 2013-14 and 2014-15 and April-September 2015. Out of the 120 invoices, 91 (76 percent) totaling $4 million were reported in a different quarter and 39 payments (33 percent) totaling $1.06 million were reported in fiscal years other than when they were actually paid. WCHCC also incorrectly reported payments to a non-MWBE vendor as MWBE utilization.

Workers' Compensation Board (WCB): Assessment of Costs to Administer the Workers’ Compensation Program for the Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2014 (2015-S-12)
Auditors found the WCB has adequate procedures in place to ensure that it accurately identifies and reports its assessable expenses in all material respects. The board made minor payroll allocation errors that had no net impact on the total assessment of about $212 million. These errors occurred because some workers were charged to the wrong department payroll.

For access to state and local government spending and 50,000 state contracts, visit OpenBookNY. The easy-to-use website was created by Comptroller DiNapoli to promote openness in government and provide taxpayers with better access to the financial workings of government.

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