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Ulster County Department of Social Services Preschool and Children and Family Services Units – Claims Processing (2017M-253)

Released: January 26, 2018 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Purpose of Audit

The purpose of our audit was to determine whether claims were properly authorized, supported, audited and paid in accordance with contracts for the period January 1, 2016 through July 24, 2017.


The Ulster County Department of Social Services, which employs approximately 300, is responsible for providing early intervention and preschool education programs and for providing children and family services. The County is governed by a 23-member Board of Legislators, and an appointed Commissioner oversees the Department. The Department’s budget for 2017 totaled approximately $120 million.

Noteworthy Achievements

  • The Department has adopted a multi-level claims approval process.
  • Payments to vendors generally were made in accordance with contracts and represented actual documented expenditures.

Key Recommendations

  • There are no recommendations as a result of this audit.

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