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Audits of Local Governments and School Districts

White Plains City School District – Procurement of Professional Services (2014M-240)

Released: October 31, 2014 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Purpose of Audit

The purpose of our audit was to review the District’s process and procedures for procurement of professional services for the period July 1, 2012 through April 30, 2014.


The White Plains City School District is located in the city of White Plains, Westchester County. The District, which operates nine schools with approximately 7,060 students, is governed by an elected seven-member Board of Education. Budgeted appropriations for the 2013-14 fiscal year were approximately $193 million.

Key Findings

  • District officials did not always seek competition for professional services and did not have documentation to support why contract providers were chosen for all professional service contracts.
  • The District did not have adequate documentation to support the payment of certain claims made to professional service providers.

Key Recommendations

  • Monitor the procurement of professional services to ensure compliance with District policies and applicable laws and regulations.
  • Ensure claims are supported with detailed documentation attached to the vouchers to verify that professional services were actually received.

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