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Department of Transportation
Collection of Lease and Permit Revenues (Follow-up)

Issued: April 07, 2015
Link to full audit report 2015-F-1

To determine the extent of implementation of the four recommendations made in our initial report, Assessment and Collection of Lease and Permit Revenues (2012-S-6).

Our initial report, issued March 12, 2013, determined the Department of Transportation (Department) was not collecting all unpaid lease and permit fees.  At the time of our audit, the Department was owed $6 million in lease and permit revenues, including $2.4 million between two and six years past due and another $1.4 million at least six years past due.  Of 45 permits with past due balances we reviewed, the Department had not taken action on eight permits with a total amount outstanding of $417,000.  Of the 61 permits we identified that could have been referred to the Office of the Attorney General, the Department had only referred two.  We found that the Department needed to improve communications between and guidance given to the units that issue permits and that bill permit holders.

Key Finding

  • We found the Department implemented each of the four recommendations from our initial report.

Key Recommendation

  • None

Other Related Audit/Report of Interest

Department of Labor: Assessment and Collection of Selected Fees and Penalties (2010-S-70)

State Government Accountability Contact Information:
Audit Director: John Buyce
Phone: (518) 474-3271; Email:
Address: Office of the State Comptroller; Division of State Government Accountability; 110 State Street, 11th Floor; Albany, NY 12236