September 07, 2019

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli issues audits and examinations


New York State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli issued the following audits and reports during the week ending September 6, 2019. Click on the text in color to access the complete audits and reports.

An initial report, issued in December 2017, identified systemic issues with the quality of the data the department relies on to administer the state’s weights and measures program. In a follow-up, auditors found the department made significant progress addressing the problems identified in the initial audit. Of the four prior audit recommendations, two were implemented and two were partially implemented.

Auditors found DEC has made significant progress abating identified waste tire sites. Nearly 44 million tires (99 percent) were abated at 160 sites (86 percent) as of October 2018. Auditors also found about $5.1 million in expenses charged to the program that did not appear to be related to waste tire abatement or other waste management activities allowable under the law. 

Program revenues were insufficient to cover program expenses, as required by the federal Clean Air Act and New York’s Clean Air Compliance Act. Program revenues decreased 38.8 percent during the period, while program expenses decreased 10.8 percent, resulting in a trend of increasing annual deficits. 

An initial audit issued in April 2018 found that DOH incorrectly implemented claims processing system controls to prevent inappropriate payments for evaluation and management services, which resulted in Medicaid overpayments totaling about $2.6 million. In a follow-up, auditors found DOH made some progress in addressing the problems identified in the initial report, but no action has been taken to review and recover the inappropriate payments identified.

Auditors identified over $134 million in Medicaid payments that require DOH’s prompt attention, including $123.9 million in Medicaid managed care premiums paid on behalf of 86,475 Medicaid recipients who had concurrent comprehensive third-party health insurance.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA): New York City Transit: Maintenance and Inspection of Event Recorder Units (2018-S-19) Auditors found train car inspections were not always done on time. They determined that, of the 822 timed inspections during the audit period, 70 were late, exceeding the permitted time or mileage interval. For 129 inspections, maintenance personnel did not provide evidence that they downloaded information from event recorder units to ensure that they were functioning correctly, as required by the MTA’s transit unit’s work manuals.

OPWDD lacks sufficient controls over fleet vehicle management at the four local Developmental Disabilties Services Offices (DDSOs) to ensure that all vehicles are properly accounted for, that vehicles are used for official state business only, and that DDSOs are properly surplussing vehicles following a process that is fair and complies with OGS requirements. Such deficiencies, which might largely be attributable to OPWDD’s lack of procedures and guidance, create an environment at risk of mismanagement and impropriety.

The authority must adhere to the State Information Security Policy which defines the minimum information security requirements that all state entities must follow to secure and protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information. Auditors found that, generally, RGRTA maintained its systems at vendor-supported levels. However, they did identify unsupported systems used by RGRTA on 14 devices.

For the three fiscal years ended June 30, 2016, auditors identified $232,606 in reported costs that did not comply with SED’s requirements for reimbursement. These costs included $232,464 in parent agency administrative costs and $142 in consultant travel expenses.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, auditors identified $12,843 in reported non-personal service costs that did not comply with SED’s requirements for reimbursement.

The State Comptroller also provides the following information concerning how taxpayer money is spent at Open Book New York. Track municipal spending, the state's 160,000 contracts, billions in state payments and public authority data.

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