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New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services
Sale and Disposal of Surplus Assets (Follow-Up)

Issued: January 10, 2012
Link to full audit report 2011-F-22

To determine the extent of implementation of the eight recommendations included in our initial audit report, Sale and Disposal of Surplus Assets (Report 2008-N-17).

Our initial audit report, which was issued on February 10, 2010, examined whether Department officials properly accounted for and maximized revenue from the sale and disposal of surplus assets.  We found that officials properly accounted for revenue received from the sales transactions we tested.  However, we determined that certain improvements in the Department’s practices could increase the amount of revenue earned from the sale and disposal of surplus assets.  For example, we found that the Department could likely generate $600,000 in additional revenues annually, if surplus assets were allowed to be sold on the Internet.  We also found the Department could realize additional revenues if certain surplus vehicles were sold as scrap.

Key Findings

  • Department officials have made progress in correcting some of the problems we identified in the initial report.  Of the eight prior audit recommendations, five recommendations have been implemented, two recommendations have not been implemented, and one recommendation has been partially implemented.

Key Recommendations

  • Officials are given 30 days after the issuance of the follow-up report to provide information on any actions that are planned to address the unresolved issues discussed in this report.

Other Related Audits/Reports of Interest
NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services: Sale and Disposal of Surplus Assets (Report 2008-N-17)

State Government Accountability Contact Information:
Audit Director: John Buyce
Phone:(518) 474-3271; Email:
Address: Office of the State Comptroller; Division of State Government Accountability; 110 State Street, 11th Floor; Albany, NY 12236