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State Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

December 5, 2017

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

Department of Agriculture and Markets: Oversight of Weights and Measures Program (2016-S-98)

Auditors found systemic issues with the quality of data the department relies on to administer the state's weights and measures program. Inaccuracies and system deficiencies were found in two critical databases. Such deficiencies diminish the department's ability to conduct useful analyses and to provide meaningful information to the municipalities. Such information could potentially assist municipalities to focus their limited resources on areas of highest risk to consumers and producers. Site visits to seven municipalities also found most of them did not complete all their mandated annual inspections.

City University of New York (CUNY): Central Office: Controls Over Bank Accounts (2015-S-94)

Auditors found multiple internal control weaknesses related to CUNY's use of bank accounts. These weaknesses impacted various aspects of the banking process, including: opening and properly authorizing accounts; making deposits to accounts; and ensuring all accounts are used for appropriate business purposes. These weaknesses increased the risk of fraud, waste or abuse from unauthorized bank accounts and expenditures. Auditors also found that as of June 30, 2016, CUNY's Money Market balances of about $163 million were uninsured and uncollateralized beyond the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) limit of $250,000.

City University of New York: Medgar Evers College (MEC): Controls Over Bank Accounts (Follow-Up) (2017-F-14)

An audit issued in June 2016, found weaknesses in the monitoring of bank accounts, which increase the risk that Medgar Evers College personnel could conduct transactions using unauthorized accounts. In a follow-up, auditors found MEC officials made progress in addressing the issues identified in the initial report. Both of the two prior audit recommendations were partially implemented.

State Education Department (SED): Advanced Therapeutic Concepts Inc., Compliance with the Reimbursable Cost Manual (2016-S-42)

For the three fiscal years ended June 30, 2015, auditors identified $181,938 in reported costs that did not comply with SED requirements and recommended such costs be disallowed. The ineligible costs consisted of $85,104 in personal service costs and $96,834 in other than personal service costs.

State Education Department: Oversight of School Fire Safety Compliance (2017-F-22) (Follow-Up)

An initial audit report, issued in August 2016, concluded that the department did not adequately monitor whether schools are in compliance with all fire safety regulations and accurately report violations. In a follow-up, auditors found SED has made significant progress in correcting the problems identified in the initial report. Of the four prior audit recommendations, two have been implemented and two recommendations have been partially implemented.

Division of State Police: Seized Assets Program (2017-F-21) (Follow-Up)

An initial audit report, which was issued in December 2014, covering the period April 1, 2011 through September 2013, concluded that the division did not properly account for or track seized assets. In a follow-up, auditors found the division has implemented the six recommendations identified in the prior audit report.