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State University of New York
College at Oneonta
Selected Employee Travel Expenses (Issued 11/14/12)


Purpose
To determine whether the use of travel monies by selected government employees complied with rules and regulations and is free from fraud, waste and abuse.  The audit covers the period April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2011.

Background
New York State’s executive agencies spend between $100 million and $150 million each year on travel expenses. These expenses, which are discretionary and under the control of agency management, include car rentals, meals, lodging, transportation, fuel, and incidental costs such as airline baggage and travel agency fees.  As part of a Statewide initiative to determine whether the use of travel money by selected government employees was appropriate, we audited travel expenses for the highest-cost travelers in the State. These employees incurred over $100,000 in travel expenses during the three year period ending March 31, 2011. Three of these employees worked at the College at Oneonta and had travel costs totaling $326,125.

Key Findings

  • We found that the travel expenses for the three College employees selected for audit were documented and adhered to State travel rules and regulations.

Key Recommendations

  • None

Link to full audit report (2012-S-145)

Other Related Audits/Reports of Interest

SUNY College at Cobleskill: Selected Employee Travel Expenses (2012-S-143)


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