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Audits of Local Governments and School Districts

Town of Hartford – Online Banking and Information Security (2016M-385)

Released: February 24, 2017 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Purpose of Audit

The purpose of our audit was to review online banking transactions and determine if the electronic financial information is adequately secured for the period January 1, 2015 through July 31, 2016.


The Town of Hartford located in Washington County and has a population of approximately 2,270. The Town is governed by an elected five-member Town Board. Budgeted appropriations for 2016 for total approximately $1.1 million.

Key Findings

  • The Town does not have an online banking policy or a written agreement with the Clerk's private accounting firm or any third party used for IT services to outline the Town's needs and expectations and level of service required.
  • The Board has not developed computer security and disaster recovery plans.

Key Recommendations

  • Adopt a policy for online banking and obtain an updated banking agreement with the Town's financial institution defining online banking security measures.
  • Adopt IT policies and procedures for data security and disaster recovery.

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