Albany County – Sexual Harassment Prevention Training (S9-23-05)

Issued Date
September 15, 2023

Audit Objective

Determine whether County of Albany (County) employees and elected officials completed annual sexual harassment prevention training (SHP Training).

Key Findings

Although County officials provided employees and most elected officials annual SHP Training, they did not maintain reliable records of who completed the training or ensure everyone who should have completed the training did so.

Of the 315 total individuals we tested, including 267 selected employees and all 48 elected officials, we could not reliably verify that 308 of the individuals we tested (98 percent) completed SHP Training. Specifically:

  • We question the SHP Training completion status of 278 individuals (235 selected employees and 43 elected officials) due to unreliable records.
  • We determined 30 additional individuals (25 selected employees and five elected officials), did not take the annual SHP Training.

Key Recommendations

Ensure all employees complete annual SHP Training supported by complete, accurate and reliable records.

County officials generally agreed with our recommendations and indicated they planned to initiate corrective action. Appendix B includes our comments on issues raised in the County’s response letter.