Department of Health

Controls Over Documents Used To Establish Identity (Follow-Up Report)

The Department of Health is responsible for the registration of all births and deaths that occur in New York State outside of New York City. Authorized agents such as physicians and funeral directors prepare and file birth and death certificate forms with local registrars, and the local registrars forward the data to the Department. In audit report 2004-S-1, we examined the Departmentís controls over birth/death certificates and birth/death information. Our findings and recommendations were provided to Department officials during the course of our audit, but were not included in our public report due to the sensitivity of the information. When we followed up on our recommendations, we found that some progress had been made in addressing the control weaknesses identified by our audit, but additional actions still needed to be taken.

For a complete copy of Report 2006-F-29 click here.
For a copy of the 90-day response click here.