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September 18, 2012


Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced today the following audits have been issued:

Department of Transportation, Selected Aspects of Multi-Modal Program Projects and Payments (2011-S-12)
A $1 million payment was made for a parking garage at a private university, but the payment was noncompliant because the parking garage had not been made publicly accessible as required as a condition for funding. The payments tested on eight other projects were generally for eligible costs for completed work.

New York State Thruway Authority, Selected Aspects of Alternative Fuel Vehicles: Purchases and Fueling (2011-S-15)
Executive Order 111 requires most state agencies and state public authorities to shift purchases of light-duty vehicles to include alternative fuel vehicles. Starting in 2005, 50 percent of all new light-duty vehicle purchases were required to be alternative fuel, increasing to 100 percent in 2010. Between January 1, 2006 and June 6, 2011, the authority purchased 731 light-duty vehicles, including 594 alternative fuel vehicles. The authority was not in compliance with the Order in 2006, but was compliant from 2007 through 2011. The authority has not developed any policy or given guidance to its employees on when to use alternative fuel E-85 in its vehicles. As a result, fuel selection is driven by employee choice rather than authority direction. For the three divisions tested, authority employees at locations with E-85 pumps used E-85 between 30 percent and 60 percent of the time.

Department of Health, Medicaid Payments to Selected Providers for Services to Recipients with Medicare Part C Coverage (Follow-Up) (2012-F-9)
Department officials made some progress in correcting the problems identified in a prior audit. This included the recovery of $279,500. However, a follow up audit found further actions are still needed. Of the five prior audit recommendations, one was implemented, three were partially implemented and one was not implemented.

Office for the Aging, Network Security Controls (2012-F-20)
A previous audit found numerous critical weaknesses on the office's network that needed to be corrected. A follow up audit found office management has taken little action towards implementing the recommendations for strengthening their network security. Of the four prior audit recommendations, one has been partially implemented, and three have not been implemented.

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Safety of Infrastructure (2012-S-29)
Between April 12 and May 9, 2012, auditors visited 33 state parks and historic sites from Long Island to Niagara Falls, many of which were not yet fully open to the public. Overall, they found staff actively involved in inspecting facilities and repairing any hazardous conditions. Still, the visits confirmed that many infrastructure issues exist throughout the park system. In some cases, staffers have been able to make repairs, but in others have either opted to cordon off certain areas to prevent public access, or in the most extreme cases, to close individual amenities or even sections of the parks to ensure public safety. It is clear that the more time passes before these issues are addressed, the higher the cost will likely be to make necessary repairs. Further, where potentially hazardous infrastructure issues are likely to remain unaddressed for a long time, alternatives need to be considered to affect more permanent solutions.



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