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January 7, 2011

Contracts for personal and related services questioned by the State Comptroller’s auditors

Contracts for personal and related services questioned by the State Comptroller’s auditors
Source: Office of the State Comptroller

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli reports that during the period April 1, 2006 through December 21, 2009, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance [OTDA] had 245 active personal and miscellaneous service contracts in place with a total value of more than $847 million.

The Comptroller’s auditors examined whether the office was adequately justifying the need to initially contract out for such services and periodically reassessing whether such contracts could be deferred, eliminated or reduced to save state funds.

After reviewing a sample of 27 contracts the auditors found that OTDA was not able demonstrate that it had formally evaluated and justified the need for any of the selected contracts nor had it periodically reassessed whether such contracts could be deferred, eliminated or reduced.

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