Department of Law

Purchasing Practices

We identified significant weaknesses in the Department's internal controls over purchasing practices. As a result of these weaknesses, Department resources may not have been used efficiently and effectively. Moreover, some of the weaknesses contributed to the theft of as much as $342,000 in supplies from a storehouse in New York City. We also determined that the Department's costs would be significantly reduced if depositions and other court-related testimony were recorded electronically rather than by stenographers. The Department's costs could also be reduced if certain changes were made in the procedures used to administer large payments to individuals who sue the State. Improvements are also needed in the procedures used to monitor contracts with experts who provide assistance during trials or investigations.

For a complete copy of 95-S-96 click here.
For a copy of the associated follow-up report click here.
For a copy of the 90-day response click here.