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NYS Comptroller

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

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State University of New York Farmingdale State College
Selected Employee Travel Expenses


Issued: November 01, 2013
Link to full audit report 2012-S-137

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 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 lodging, meals, car rentals, transportation, fuel, and incidental costs such as airline baggage and travel agency fees. As part of a statewide audit initiative to determine whether the use of travel money by selected government employees was appropriate, we audited travel expenses of high cost travelers in the State, each of whom incurred over $100,000 in travel expenses during the three-year audit period, as well as other outliers. As a result of this analysis, we selected one State University of New York Farmingdale State College (College) employee with travel expenditures totaling $212,573 for audit.

Key Finding

  • Most of the $212,573 travel expenses we examined for the one traveler were appropriate. However, College officials could not provide documentation to support 21 travel charges totaling $8,386. As a result, we have no assurance that these travel expenses complied with rules and regulations and are free from fraud, waste, and abuse.

Key Recommendation

    • Ensure that adequate supporting documentation is received and maintained for travel expenses.

Other Related Audits/Reports of Interest

SUNY College of Optometry: Selected Employee Travel Expenses (2012-S-148)
State University of New York College at Purchase: Selected Employee Travel Expenses (2012-S-149)


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