New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced the following local government audits have been issued.
Auditors found software installed on Albany Water Board computers and mobile devices is not always appropriate and necessary. Auditors found unnecessary software on 60 computers (97 percent) and six mobile devices (32 percent) including gaming, streaming and shopping software. Officials did not establish controls to prevent computer and mobile device users from downloading applications from application stores.
Town officials generally did not seek competition when purchasing goods and services. Of 50 purchases reviewed totaling $154,386 that required competitive quotes, 28 purchases totaling $81,857 lacked evidence of competition as required by the town’s purchasing policy. Diesel fuel aggregate purchases totaling $35,474 were not competitively bid as required by law.
Auditors found the board did not provide adequate financial operations oversight. The board did not review supporting documentation for nine disbursements totaling $57,374. They did not approve 12 disbursements totaling $75,880 before payment nor did they audit the treasurer’s records. The board also did not ensure sensitive and personal electronic data was adequately protected because the treasurer used her personal computer to maintain district financial records and perform online banking transactions.
The treasurer did not file required annual financial reports with the Office of the State Comptroller for fiscal years 2015–2019 in compliance with General Municipal Law. District officials were not aware that these reports needed to be submitted.
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