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State Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

June 21, 2019

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

Department of Agriculture and Markets: Annual Assessment of Market Orders for 2015 and 2016 (2018-S-44)

The department established procedures to accurately report its assessable expenses for the two years ended June 30, 2016 for the Apple and Sour Cherry Market Orders and for the two years ended March 31, 2016 for the Apple, Cabbage, and Onion Research and Development Programs. The department should work with the state Urban Development Corporation to improve oversight of the Market Order Program, specifically the Apple Market Order and the New York Apple Association Inc. contract.

Department of Agriculture and Markets: Safety of Seized Dogs (Follow-Up) (2019-F-5)

An initial report issued in April 2018 determined the department was adequately overseeing the seizure of dogs to ensure their safety and protect the rights of owners. However, auditors identified four minor deficiencies at four of the 48 shelters they visited. In a follow-up, auditors found the department made progress in addressing the problems identified.

New York City Department of Education (DOE): Compliance With Special Education Requirements: Evaluations (2017-N-3)

The DOE had difficulty meeting the 60-calendar-day time frame requirement for completing evaluations, resulting in potential delays in the provision of services for students. A delay in services could adversely impact students’ educational growth.

Department of Health: Medicaid Program: Improper Medicaid Payments for Recipients Diagnosed With Severe Malnutrition (2017-S-85)

Auditors identified $416,237 in overpayments on inpatient claims that hospitals billed to Medicaid that contained a severe malnutrition diagnosis that medical records did not appear to support. Auditors found the hospitals were not following recommended guidelines for identifying and documenting severe malnutrition.

Department of Health: Medicaid Overpayments for Inpatient Care Involving Mechanical Ventilation Services (2018-S-45)

Auditors identified $975,795 in overpayments on 32 inpatient claims that reported 96 consecutive hours or more of mechanical ventilation services. Auditors found claims processing weaknesses that prevent eMedNY from identifying claims where 96 consecutive hours or more of mechanical ventilation services was not possible.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) – New York City Transit and MTA Bus Company: Bus Wait Assessment and Other Performance Indicators (2017-S-54)

Transit’s Service Guidelines Manual contains transit and MTA bus minimum service frequency standards; however, auditors found the guidelines are not always met. Further, there was insufficient documentation to determine if scheduled service was reasonable. Auditors found there is a risk that the number of buses may have been inappropriate to meet customer needs.

New York State Health Insurance Program: CVS Health: Accuracy of Drug Rebate Revenue Remitted to the Department of Civil Service (2018-S-50)

Auditors reviewed the rebate revenue generated from agreements with six drug manufacturers and found that CVS Health did not always invoice drug manufacturers for rebates, collect rebates from the manufacturers, or remit all rebate revenue to Civil Service. As a result, Civil Service is due $2,240,798 in rebates.

Office for People With Developmental Disabilities: Fuel Card (2018-BSE7-02)

Auditors found 119 purchases totaling nearly $8,000 made by one employee were not for legitimate business purposes, but instead for personal use. As a result of our examination, the employee was terminated, arrested, pled guilty to petit larceny (a Class A misdemeanor) and is required to make restitution to the state.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ): Selected Aspects of Leasing Practices for Real Estate Services Department and Port Commerce (2017-S-58)

The PANYNJ did not always accurately account for its leases. Discrepancies existed in the lease information contained in two primary systems. Moreover, neither system accounted for all PANYNJ leases. Auditors also found two properties that were vacant for a combined 45 months as of Nov. 29, 2018, resulting in forgone revenue totaling $828,290, and the authority could not document that it attempted to lease the properties examined at the market rate.

State Commission of Correction: Facility Oversight and Timeliness of Response to Complaints and Inmate Grievances (Follow-Up) (2019-F-4)

An audit released in January 2018 found the commission received data such as complaints and unusual incidents regarding various aspects of Department of Corrections and Community Supervision facilities operations, but had not analyzed and tracked the information to identify any trends or patterns that may have warranted monitoring or review. In a follow-up, auditors found the commission made significant progress in addressing the issues identified.

State Education Department (SED): Amerimed Kids LLC: Compliance With the Reimbursable Cost Manual (2018-S-17)

Amerimed Kids is a New York City-based for-profit organization authorized by SED to provide Preschool Special Education Itinerant Teacher services to children with disabilities who are between the ages of three and five years. For the three fiscal years ended June 30, 2015, auditors identified $975,845 in reported costs that did not comply with state requirements in the RCM, including $479,500 in compensation to the executive and assistant executive directors.

State Education Department: Family and Educational Consultants (FEC): Compliance with the Reimbursable Cost Manual (2018-S-29)

FEC is an SED-approved, for-profit special education provider located in Ulster County. FEC 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 $161,956 in ineligible costs that FEC reported for reimbursement. The ineligible costs included $96,006 in personal service costs and $65,950 in other than personal service costs.

SUNY Maritime College: Review of Procurement Card (PCard) Transactions and Travel Card Expenses (2017-Credit Card-01)

Auditors found 58 of 59 PCard transactions in a sample were inappropriate, did not comply with state or Maritime PCard guidelines or had insufficient documentation to determine appropriateness. This includes $12,340 in inappropriate transactions. Maritime also approved up to $3,750 in unnecessary luxury lodging accommodations over a six-year period for a professor who taught an annual course on a Carnival Cruise ship.

Department of Transportation (DOT): Welcome Center and Rest Area Planning and Implementation (2017-S-25)

DOT did not follow its own policies and procedures for capital project planning and implementation for welcome centers and rest areas, prioritizing those ahead of other projects. DOT also incurred cost overruns of more than $8.8 million and needlessly spent approximately $4 million due to poor planning for one rest area and four welcome center capital projects.

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