Syracuse City School District – Claims Audit Process (2016M-290)

Issued Date
October 21, 2016

Purpose of Audit

The purpose of our audit was to examine the claims auditing process for the period July 1, 2014 through March 31, 2016.


The Syracuse City School District is located in the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, and is a component unit of the City. The District, which operates 34 schools with approximately 21,000 students, is governed by an elected seven-member Board of Education. Budgeted appropriations for the 2015-16 fiscal year totaled approximately $393 million.

Key Finding

  • In some instances, purchase orders are not issued prior to ordering goods or services.

Key Recommendation

  • Ensure that the purchasing officer generates and approves purchase orders prior to the District ordering goods and services that require purchase orders.