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October 27, 2010


Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

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

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance(OTDA), Oversight of Grants (2009-S-55)
Five of OTDA’s largest grant programs are overseen by its Bureaus of Housing and Shelter Services and Employment and Contract Management. Auditors assessed whether OTDA was effectively overseeing its grant activity by reviewing a sample of 24 grants with a value of $25 million. DiNapoli’s auditors found that certain improvements were needed in OTDA’s grant oversight.

Department of Health (DOH), Inappropriate Payments for Medicaid Recipients Residing and Enrolled in Other States (2010-F-21)
According to federal reports, during the period April 1, 2004 through May 31, 2008, the Department of Health made $28.4 million in Medicaid payments on behalf of New York State Medicaid enrollees who were also enrolled in another state’s Medicaid program. In audit report 2008-S-4, auditors found that DOH had not taken steps to effectively ensure that local social services districts acted in a timely manner to either investigate the enrollees identified on the reports or to remove them from New York’s Medicaid program. They also found that DOH was not taking any steps to recover inappropriate managed care premiums paid on behalf of enrollees who no longer resided in New York State. When auditors followed up, they found that progress had been made.

Office of Mental Health, Kingsboro Psychiatric Center Controls Over Late Separations (Follow-Up Report) (2010-F-30)
When employees resign, retire or are terminated, controls must be in place to ensure that their separation is processed in a timely manner. In audit report 2007-S-109, auditors identified weaknesses in these controls at Kingsboro Psychiatric Center. As a result, a number of employees were paid for time they did not actually work in their final paychecks.  Auditors recommended that certain actions be taken to strengthen these controls. When auditors followed up, they found that their recommendations had been implemented.

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), Contracts for Personal and Miscellaneous Services (2010-N-2)
During a two-year audit period, the New York City DOT  had 352 contracts in effect for personal and miscellaneous services. Auditors examined whether DOT was adequately justifying the need to initially contract out for such services and periodically reassessing whether such contracts could be deferred, eliminated or reduced. Auditors found that DOT was not adequately handling either and recommended certain improvements be made.




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