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Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
Quality of Internal Control Certification (Issued 9/26/12)


Purpose
Determine whether the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) submitted a timely quality internal control certification to the Division of Budget (DOB) for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

Background
In 1987, the Legislature passed the New York State Governmental Accountability, Audit and Internal Control Act requiring State agencies and public authorities to each institute a comprehensive system of internal controls over their operations. By April 30 of each year, DOB requires the head of each covered agency to certify compliance with the State's Internal Control Act by submitting a Certification and Internal Control Summary detailing the internal control activities undertaken during the previous year. For the 2011-12 fiscal year, OPDV reported a mix of compliance, partial compliance and noncompliance with the various requirements of the Internal Control Act.

Key Findings

  • OPDV's internal control certification was submitted on time and generally exhibited the necessary quality. Answers to most questions were complete and responsive, and were supported by records and documentation maintained by the agency. However, we did find that OPDV's certification did not provide sufficient detail in describing the monitoring system installed to verify that corrective actions are taken.

Key Recommendations

  • Provide appropriately detailed responses to questions as requested in the annual Internal Control Certification.

Link to full audit report (2012-S-41)

Other Related Audits/Reports of Interest

Office for the Aging: Quality of Internal Control Certification Report 2008-S-114
Division of Veterans Affairs: Quality of Internal Control Certification Report 2008-S-115
Department of Transportation: Quality of Internal Control Certification Report 2008-S-116


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