Department of Health

Administration of Government Funds Awarded to Dor Yeshorim

Dor Yeshorim is a not-for-profit organization offering genetic screening to members of the Jewish community considering marriage within the community and concerned about the risks of birth defects endemic to that community. For the period January 1, 2005 through March 31, 2007, Dor Yeshorim received about $1 million in funding from New York State and New York City. We examined whether Dor Yeshorim provided the services called for by its funding agreements, and whether it expended the funds in accordance with the agreements. We found that Dor Yeshorim provided the genetic screening services called for by its funding agreements. However, Dor Yeshorim did not fully comply with the agreements and did not fully account for its use of the funds. We recommended that the Department of Health oversee Dor Yeshorim’s funding more closely and ensure that certain weaknesses in Dor Yeshorim’s internal controls were corrected.

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