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Audits of Local Governments and School Districts

Town of Fallsburg – Information Technology (2012M-151)

Released: November 30, 2012 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Purpose of Audit

The purpose of our audit was to determine if computerized data and assets were properly safeguarded for the period January 1, 2011, to May 15, 2012.


The Town of Fallsburg is located in Sullivan County and has approximately 12,870 residents. The Board of five elected officials including the Town Supervisor governs the Town. The Town's annual budget for 2012 was approximately $18 million.

Key Findings

  • Town employees' user rights are not assigned based on job responsibilities and the Town's servers are not located in secure locations.
  • A disaster recovery plan has not been adopted including a back-up power source for the servers.

Key Recommendations

  • Establish and implement procedures to ensure that access rights are assigned based on job descriptions and responsibilities.
  • Develop and adopt a DRP that includes a provision for the installation of a back-up power source for the servers.

Local Government and School Accountability Contact Information:

Phone: (518) 474-4037; Email:
Address: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Local Government and School Accountability
110 State Street, 12th Floor; Albany, NY 12236