December 30, 2019

Audits released by the New York State's State Comptroller

ODecember 3, 2019 New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced the following audits had been issued:

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An audit issued in September 2018 found DOH has taken various actions to safeguard the quality of drinking water delivered to public water system customers. However, auditors identified opportunities for improved oversight. In a follow-up, auditors found DOH implemented both recommendations contained in the original report.

An audit issued in September 2018 found DOH completed inspections in a timely manner and reported deficient practices to the public, as required. However, auditors identified gaps in DOH’s procedures that weaken its ability to effectively monitor nursing homes’ equipment inspection, testing and maintenance programs. In a follow-up, auditors found DOH officials made progress in addressing the problems identified in the initial audit. 

LIRR employees did not always follow the required fare collection procedures. Between December 2018 and May 2019, auditors noted that train service personnel did not collect non-commutation fares 26 percent of the time (78 of 301 rides). Auditors also found that employees often collected incorrect fare amounts (for example, when no onboard surcharge was collected).

An audit released in March 2018 found that the transit unit was not in compliance with the requirements of the training curriculum established for its train crews, and that train operators and conductors did not always meet or complete refresher training requirements. In a follow-up, auditors determined that MTA officials made some progress in addressing the problems identified in the initial audit report. However, improvements are still needed. 

An audit issued in January 2018 found that the DFTA needed to improve its oversight of senior centers. For example, officials could not demonstrate that they contracted with optimally located senior centers to maximize the number of eligible senior citizens who had access to congregate meals. In a follow-up, auditors determined DFTA officials have made some progress in addressing the issues identified in the initial report.

An audit issued in August 2018 identified $991,357 in overpayments that occurred because United paid for out-of-network anesthesia services that should have been done by in-network anesthesia providers. In a follow-up, auditors found United officials recovered $780,478 of the $991,357 in overpayments.

An audit issued in September 2018 found that OPWDD needed to improve its fiscal oversight of the YAI Network. For example, OPWDD had not established controls to ensure the expenses claimed by the YAI Network were reasonable, necessary, allowable, supported, and consistent with requirements. In a follow-up, auditors found OPWDD officials made significant progress in addressing the problems identified in the initial audit.

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