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State Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

April 17, 2020

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

Office of General Services (OGS): Compliance With Executive Order 95 (Open Data) (2019-S-39)

EO 95, issued in March 2013, established an Open Data Website for the collection and public dissemination of publishable state data maintained by state entities. Auditors found OGS has taken steps to meet the requirements of EO 95; however, certain aspects of the order have not been fully addressed. There is limited assurance OGS has created a complete catalogue of the publishable data that it maintains or accompanying schedules for making that data public. OGS has not incorporated compliance with EO 95 into its core business functions. For instance, there are no processes to identify new high-value data sets to publish on Open Data and OGS has not consistently updated data already posted.

Department of State: Compliance With Executive Order 95 (Open Data) (2019-S-16)

EO 95, issued in March 2013, established an Open Data Website for the collection and public dissemination of publishable state data maintained by covered state entities. Auditors found the department has generally complied with the requirements of EO 95 and continues to identify new data sets to add to Open Data. However, the department did not identify the total population of publishable data that it maintains so there is limited assurance it provided a complete catalogue or accompanying schedules for making the data public, as required.

Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC): Oversight of the STEM Incentive Program (Follow-Up) (2019-F-56)

An audit issued in November 2018, found that HESC had taken steps to implement the structure necessary to administer the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program. However, auditors identified several areas for improvement. In a follow-up, auditors found HESC made progress in correcting the problems identified in the initial audit report.

Homes and Community Renewal (HCR): Low-Income Housing Fund Program (Follow-Up) (2019-F-44)

A report issued in August 2014 found that a significant number of Low-Income Housing Trust Fund Program projects were being delayed by at least six months due to, among other issues, questionable award decisions, lax monitoring or enforcement of expectations, and delays in key approvals. The initial audit also found that the program did not consistently adhere to its own policies regarding the project award process. In a follow-up, auditors found HCR officials made some progress in addressing the problems identified in the initial audit.

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