Department of Environmental Conservation

Revenue Controls and Collection

The Department of Environmental Conservation collects fines and fees from a variety of sources. We examined the Department's controls over this revenue and identified significant weaknesses. For example, the controls are not effective in ensuring that revenues are properly collected, promptly deposited and accurately reported. We also determined that the Department's revenue collection systems are cumbersome and outdated. If certain processes were centralized and new technologies were implemented, the revenues would be better controlled, the collection process would be more efficient, and the payment function would be simpler for fee payers. We recommend the Department assess the costs and benefits of expanding the use of bank lock-boxes, developing electronic forms for fee payers, and allowing payments to be made electronically or through wire transfers.

For a complete copy of Report 98-S-67 click here.
For a copy of the 90-day response click here.
For a copy of the associated follow-up report click here.