"In today’s fiscal climate, budget transparency and accountability for our local communities is a top priority," said DiNapoli. "By auditing municipal finances and operations, my office continues to provide taxpayers the assurance that their money is being spent appropriately and effectively."
The board did not adopt policies and procedures for cash receipts and disbursements, processing of user charges, payroll and information technology. The board also did not make budget transfers on a timely basis to control spending during the year.
Duties related to billings, collections, deposits and recordkeeping were not adequately segregated. The board also did not approve water billings and customer account adjustments, and did not perform an annual audit of the clerk’s records and reports.
The IT department’s acceptable computer use policy was not signed or acknowledged by all employees and city officials have also not classified personal, private and sensitive information based on its level of sensitivity and the potential impact should that data be disclosed, altered or destroyed without authorization. In addition, city officials have not ensured that employees received adequate cyber security training and have not adopted a breach notification policy or a disaster recovery plan.
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