January 30, 2021

Audits and reports issued by the New York State Comptroller during the week ending January 29, 2021

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced the following audits were issued during the week ending January 29, 2021.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT AUDITS

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced the following school district audits were issued.

Clyde-Savannah Central School District – Network Access Controls (Seneca County and Wayne County) District officials did not ensure that the district’s network access controls were secure. Officials did not regularly review network user accounts and permissions to determine whether they were appropriate or needed to be disabled. Sensitive information technology (IT) control weaknesses were communicated confidentially to officials. Protecting IT assets becomes more critical as the district moves to increased reliance on a remote learning environment and administrative operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Van Hornesville-Owen J. Young Central School District – Financial Management (Herkimer County and Otsego County) The board and district officials did not effectively manage financial condition. The practice of over-estimating appropriations each year and annually appropriating fund balance that was not needed to finance operations contributed to the district maintaining a surplus fund balance that exceeded the statutory limit by $1.5 million and resulted in higher tax levies than necessary.

Fiscal Stress Monitoring System Report

Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System indicates that 31 school districts are susceptible to some level of fiscal stress for the school year ending on June 30, 2020. DiNapoli said “This is a time of unprecedented uncertainty as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt school district operations and finances” and urged school district leaders to closely monitor their financial conditions, "even if their fiscal stress scores were low in the early days of the crisis.”

Click HEREto access the Comptroller's report.

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