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State Comptroller DiNapoli Releases State Audits

August 11, 2016

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

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance: National Directory of New Hires Data Security (2016-S-27)

The office has taken actions to comply with the federal requirements for securing directory data. Auditors found that the office is fully compliant with 23 of the 32 requirements and partially compliant with seven requirements. Two requirements were not applicable due to current practices at the office and modifications of federal reporting requirements.

Queens County District Attorney’s Office: Oversight of Persons Convicted of Driving While Intoxicated (2015-N-2)

Although 9,604 offenders overseen by the office received court orders to install Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs), only 1,952 offenders (20.3 percent) did. By borough, IID installation rates ranged from 9 percent in Brooklyn to 30 percent in Staten Island. Generally, offenders who did not install IIDs signed court affidavits stating that they would not drive a motor vehicle during the period of conditional discharge unless it had an IID. Auditors also found material noncompliance with the office’s protocols to minimize the risk that offenders would drive vehicles without IIDs.

State Education Department (SED): Early Education Center, Compliance with the Reimbursable Cost Manual (2015-S-96)

Costs submitted by the Early Education Center on its Consolidated Fiscal Report (CFR) were properly calculated, adequately documented and allowable under SED’s guidelines for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

State Education Department: The Alcott School, Compliance with the Reimbursable Cost Manual (2015-S-97)

For the year ended June 30, 2014, auditors identified $55,969 in ineligible costs that Alcott reported on its CFR. The ineligible costs included: $52,442 in personal service costs, which consisted of $49,874 in unsupported staff time, and $2,568 in employee compensation that was reported as more than one full-time equivalent on the CFR; and $3,527 in other than personal service costs, which consisted of $1,889 in inadequately documented expenses, $1,252 in working capital interest, and $386 in food and other non-reimbursable costs.

Tuition Assistance Program: State Financial Aid Program at Metropolitan College of New York (2015-T-7)

Auditors determined that the procedures used by Metropolitan officials to certify students for state financial aid substantially complied with the governing law and regulations. However, Metropolitan was overpaid $20,944 because school officials incorrectly certified some students as eligible for financial aid.