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September 27, 2010

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

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

Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Long Island Rail Road: Recycling Program (2009-S-91)
DiNapoli’s auditors found that the LIRR was not fully complying with recycling requirements. LIRR was not source separating recyclable materials at its stations and was not recycling such materials left on its trains. Auditors recommended that the LIRR take certain actions to comply with its recycling requirements.

Department of Health, Medicaid Claims Processing for the Six Months Ended September 30, 2009 (2009-S-21)
Auditors concluded that eMedNY reasonably ensured that Medicaid claims were submitted by approved providers, were processed in accordance with requirements, and resulted in correct payments to providers. However, auditors identified areas where improvements were needed.  They found that eMedNY could reimburse vision care providers for treating the same Medicaid recipient multiple times over a two-year period. They also identified 10 affiliated vision care providers in Brooklyn that exploited this control weakness. Auditors recommended that the Department of Health review all $3.2 million in such payments, and recover all inappropriate payments.

New York State Thruway Authority, Management of Overtime Costs (2010-S-10)
DiNapoli’s auditors reviewed whether the Authority was effectively managing and monitoring employee overtime and if overtime paid to employees was actually worked and necessary. They found that overtime was being effectively managed and monitored and that the Authority’s overtime hours paid were justified. However, auditors found additional opportunities to reduce overtime.

Department of Correctional Services, Contracts for Personal and Miscellaneous Services (2009-S-67)
In the years covered by the audit, the Department of Correctional Services (Department) had 241 contracts for personal and miscellaneous services valued at $563.9 million. Auditors examined whether the Department was adequately justifying the need to contract out for these services and reassessing whether such contracts could be deferred, eliminated or reduced. Auditors found that the Department was not maintaining adequate documentation or reassessing such contracts and recommended that they should do so.



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