Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

Planning and Purchasing for the Management Information System

We examined the procedures used by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) in planning the development of its management information system and in making purchases for this system. We found that OASAS has adequately planned many aspects of the system. However, OASAS has not estimated the time frames for completing certain parts of the system and its plans for acquiring computer hardware do not adequately consider the capacity that will be needed by the hardware. We also found that improvements are needed in certain internal controls related to information system purchases. For example, OASAS did not always solicit price quotes for commodities not available through State purchase contracts.

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