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From the Office of the New York State Comptroller

Thomas P. DiNapoli

September 14, 2017, Contact: Press Office (518) 474-4015

State Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced today the following audits and examinations have been issued:

Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR): Administration of Mitchell-Lama Waiting Lists (2016-S-46)
The majority of sampled new admissions, internal transfers and successions were selected from an automated wait list (AWL) and approved by DHCR. However, in most cases, neither DHCR nor the development maintained the documentation required to confirm that tenants were selected in the order they appeared on the wait list. One development did not request or receive DHCR approval for eight of the nine succession apartments it awarded and granted three apartments to individuals who were not on the AWL. Four of the five developments did not comply with the required 3:1 internal/external ratio when offering apartments to applicants. As of July 31, 2016, one development had 51 vacant units, even though it had applicants on its internal and external AWLs. Ten of these units were vacant for as long as five years.

Department of Labor (DOL): Examination of Unemployment Insurance Benefits 2016 Annual Report (2017-BSE4-01)
Based on a selection of 57,000 transactions, auditors identified 4,864 overpayments totaling more than $1.6 million. Based on the overpayments identified, DOL assessed $217,290 in monetary penalties to 137 claimants. As the result of the current and prior years’ findings, DOL also recovered $247,483 in forfeited UI benefits from claimants who DOL determined made false statements or representations to obtain benefits to which they were not entitled. Auditors worked with DOL to identify another $238,792 in potential recoveries for past UI overpayments from 130 state employees hired during 2016.

Department of Taxation and Finance: Child and Dependent Care Credit (2017-BSE8-01)
During the period of the examination, the department processed 444,127 returns containing credits totaling $177.1 million. Auditors found it processed 29,102 personal income tax returns for tax year 2015 that contained potentially inappropriate credits valued at $18.3 million.

State Education Department: Adirondack Helping Hands, Inc., Compliance with the Reimbursable Cost Manual (2016-S-88)
For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, auditors identified $37,643 in ineligible costs that Adirondack reported for reimbursement for special education programs. The ineligible costs included: $22,215 in other than personal service costs that consisted and $15,428 in excess personal service costs.

New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF): Incarcerated and Death Matches (2017-SIF)
Auditors examined $1.4 billion in payments for more than 17 million in medical and other service charges the NYSIF made on behalf of nearly 215,000 individuals during the period January 2014 through February 2017. Under state law, any person incarcerated upon conviction of a felony is ineligible for all benefits. NYSIF will not pay for medical and other service charges that occur subsequent to a claimant’s date of death. Based on the match results and observations of the payment process, auditors concluded NYSIF has established reasonable controls to minimize the risk of improper payments in these areas.

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