Determine whether East Quogue Union Free School District (District) officials appropriately tracked, inventoried and safeguarded information technology (IT) assets acquired or in use during the audit period.
District officials did not appropriately track or inventory IT assets, maintain complete IT inventory records or establish adequate controls to safeguard IT assets. As a result, officials cannot assure taxpayers that money invested in IT assets has been appropriately spent or safeguarded.
We selected 25 IT assets to confirm their location and that they were inventoried, and five additional IT assets to confirm they were inventoried. We found 20 percent of the sampled assets were not properly accounted for. Specifically:
- Six IT assets with combined purchase prices of approximately $8,200 were not inventoried.
In addition, annual inventories were not conducted, IT equipment was susceptible to environmental damage and officials did not adopt a comprehensive written policy for IT equipment inventory.
- Ensure District inventory records are complete and include the detail necessary to adequately track and locate IT assets.
- Perform annual and complete physical inventories and compare results to inventory records.
District officials agreed with our recommendations and have initiated or indicated they planned to initiate corrective action.