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THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

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Thomas P. DiNapoli

January 10, 2019, Contact: Press Office (518) 474-4015

State Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits


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

Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS): Oversight of Sex Offenders Subject to Strict and Intensive Supervision and Treatment (Follow-Up) (2018-F-21)
The Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act requires that Strict and Intensive Supervision and Treatment (SIST) parole officers to have a minimum number of monthly contacts with paroled offenders. An initial audit identified weaknesses in officers meeting these requirements and significant differences in compliance among the locations tested. Auditors also found that officers didn’t adequately document their responses to electronic monitoring alerts. In a follow-up, auditors found DOCCS has made significant progress and implemented all of the recommendations.

Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY): Monitoring of Prevailing Wage Compliance on Construction Contracts (Follow-Up) (2018-F-30)
An initial audit found DASNY generally monitored contractors and sub-contractors on its projects to ensure they paid employees at the prevailing wage rate, but auditors found some shortcomings. In a follow-up, auditors found DASNY has made some progress. Of the two prior audit recommendations, one was implemented and one was partially implemented.

Office of General Services (OGS): Food Metrics Implementation (Follow-Up) (2018-F-23)
State law requires OGS and the Department of Agriculture and Markets to develop regulations, establish guidelines, and provide training on New York state food purchasing to agency personnel involved in the acquisition process. OGS is also responsible for tracking data on state agencies’ food purchases and for providing a Food Metrics Annual Report each year detailing these purchases. An initial audit report found that the two Food Metrics Annual Reports completed by the time of the initial audit fell short of providing complete and reliable information regarding the state’s efforts to support its farm and agricultural businesses. In a follow-up, auditors found OGS has made significant progress in correcting the problems.

Department of Health (DOH): Administrative Costs Used in Premium Rate Setting (Follow-Up) (2018-F-10)
An initial audit found DOH overpaid managed care organizations more than $18.9 million in mainstream Medicaid managed care premiums for the state fiscal year 2014-15 due to a flaw in the DOH’s rate-setting methodology. In a follow-up, auditors found DOH made some progress addressing the problems identified in the initial audit report but additional actions are needed.

Department of Health (DOH): Improper Medicaid Payments to Eye Care Providers (Follow-Up) (2018-F-28)
The initial audit report identified vulnerabilities in the DOH’s provider enrollment and revalidating processes that undermine DOH’s ability to ensure that only qualified providers participate in the Medicaid program and prevent improper payments for services rendered by providers who do not meet federal and state requirements. In a follow-up, auditors found DOH has made progress addressing the problems identified in the initial audit.

Department of Health (DOH): Medicaid Payments for Pharmacy Claims – Joia Pharmacy and a Related Prescriber (Follow-Up) (2018-F-26)
From Jan. 1, 2008 through Dec. 31, 2012, DOH paid Joia more than $7.7 million for 50,060 claims on behalf of 706 Medicaid recipients. One particular doctor was listed as the prescriber on 31,351 (63 percent) of the 50,060 claims. Auditors found that, based on a statistical projection of the audit sample results, DOH made improper payments totaling approximately $1.5 million to Joia for pharmacy claims. In a follow-up, auditors determined DOH made progress in addressing the issues. Of the report’s four audit recommendations, three were implemented and one was partially implemented.

State Education Department: Headstart of Rockland Inc. (HSOR): Compliance with the Reimbursable Cost Manual (2018-S-25)
HSOR is a not- for-profit special education provider located in Rockland County. It provides preschool special education services to children with disabilities who are between three and five years of age. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, auditors identified $7,958 in ineligible costs that HSOR reported for reimbursement.

State Education Department: Developmental Disabilities Institute Inc. (DDI): Compliance with the Reimbursable Cost Manual (2018-S-3)
DDI is a Suffolk County-based not-for-profit organization approved by SED to provide preschool special education services to children with disabilities who are between the ages of three and five years. For the three years ended Dec. 31, 2015, auditors identified $138,718 in reported costs that did not comply with state requirements.

State Education Department (SED): Leake and Watts Services Inc.: Compliance with the Reimbursable Cost Manual (2017-S-73)
Leake and Watts (now known as Rising Ground) is a not-for-profit special education provider located in Westchester County. Leake and Watts provides preschool special education services to children with learning disabilities who are between three and five years of age. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, auditors identified $228,071 in ineligible costs that Leake and Watts reported for state reimbursement.

State Education Department: Pinnacle Organization: Compliance with the Reimbursable Cost Manual (2018-S-6)
Pinnacle is a not-for-profit special education provider located in Oswego County. It provides preschool special education services to children with disabilities who are between three and five years of age. For the three fiscal years ended June 30, 2015, auditors identified $103,220 in ineligible costs that Pinnacle reported for state reimbursement.

Department of State: Monitoring of Not-for-Profit Cemeteries for Fiscal Stability and Adequate Facility Maintenance (Follow Up) (2018-F-22)
An initial audit report found numerous issues with the agency’s monitoring. For example: as of Sept. 30, 2016, records indicate 642 cemeteries (37 percent) had overdue audits and 285 (16 percent) had delinquent annual reports. For 145 cemeteries (8 percent), audits were overdue and annual reports were delinquent as well. As of Dec. 1, 2016, 391 cemeteries (22 percent) had not been inspected in over seven years. In a follow-up, auditors found some progress has been made to the problems identified in the initial audit. Of the four prior report recommendations, two were implemented and two were partially implemented.

 


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