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From the Office of the New York State Comptroller

Thomas P. DiNapoli

March 24, 2017, Contact: Press Office (518) 474-4015

State Comptroller DiNapoli Releases State Audits and Examinations

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

Department of Health (DOH): New York City School-Based Health Centers: Security and Controls Over Medications and Related Supplies (Follow-Up) (2016-F-29)
An initial audit issued in January 2015 determined that New York City School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) did not follow DOH inventory control regulations for medications and potentially hazardous medical supplies. For example, 10 of the 11 SBHCs sampled had shortages in various medication categories with one school having an unexplained shortage of 2,712 hypodermic needles. In a follow-up, auditors found DOH has made progress in addressing the issues identified in the initial report.

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD): The Mitchell-Lama Program: Awarding Housing Units and Maintaining Waiting Lists (Follow-Up) (2016-F-25)
An initial audit issued in July 2015 found that applicants for Mitchell-Lama-financed units who were next in line for a specific development were not always offered or awarded a unit in the order they were listed. Auditors observed inconsistencies in the methods used by HPD staff to place applicants on development waiting lists. In a follow-up, HPD officials made considerable progress addressing the problems identified in the initial audit report; however, additional actions are still needed.

Department of Labor (DOL)/Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS): Selected Aspects of the Pay for Success Program (2016-S-1)
To increase employment opportunities and decrease the risk of recidivism, DOCCS and DOL, in collaboration with Harvard University, developed the Pay for Success employment training and job placement program to target high-risk parolees. Auditors found that, for both the treatment and control groups, only eligible individuals were selected for program participation and the selection was properly randomized. The program has procedures in place to accurately monitor employment of the group members. Auditors also determined that DOCCS is properly tracking individual days of re-incarceration to accurately account for recidivism.

State Education Department: Ganrormic Inc., Compliance with the Reimbursable Cost Manual (2016-S-58)
According to state rules, costs reported for reimbursement must be reasonable, necessary, directly related to the special education program, and adequately documented. Based on testing of about $125,000 in costs for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, auditors identified $4,854 in other than personal service (OTPS) costs that were charged to the program that did not comply with requirements for reimbursement. They also questioned the appropriateness of $14,431 in other costs that were charged to the program for professional services that were not obtained through competitive procurement processes.

For access to state and local government spending, public authority financial data and information on 130,000 state contracts, visit Open Book New York. The easy-to-use website was created to promote transparency in government and provide taxpayers with better access to financial data.

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