The Department of State licenses certain activities, administers building and commercial codes, and provides other regulatory and administrative services. Under the Prompt Payment Law, vendors may receive interest on their payments from New York State when the payments are not timely. In audit 2007-S-124, we examined the untimely vendor payments made by the Department of State over a 19-month period to determine whether the delays were avoidable. We found that the delays were avoidable, and recommended actions that could be taken by the Department to avoid such delays in the future. When we followed up on these matters, we found that Department officials made progress in correcting the problems we identified in the initial report. However, improvements are still needed.For a complete copy of Report 2009-F-44 click here.