ALBANY - State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office released the following departmental audits:
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Management and Control of Overtime Costs (2009-N-15)
Auditors analyzed overtime payments incurred throughout all Health and Hospitals Corporations facilities and found that many employees are being paid significant amounts of overtime, as their annual overtime pay often exceeds their annual salaries. For example, the overtime earnings for 54 employees totaled $3.1 million in 2009 and their overtime pay totaled at least 50 percent and as much as 183 percent of their annual base salaries. A review of overtime records for 40 employees at two facilities found that many are working considerable overtime, including more than three overtime shifts in a one or two week period and/or ten or more consecutive days without a day off. As a result, there may be increased risks to patient care posed by staff who may not be performing at their optimal level due to fatigue or inattentiveness.
Tuition Assistance Program - Higher Education Services Corporation, SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology (2010-T-4)
Auditors reviewed a random sample of 200 Tuition Assistance Program awards as well as other awards outside the three-year audit period. Auditors determined that FIT was overpaid $598,537 because school officials incorrectly certified students as eligible for TAP awards. Twenty-one students received awards although they did not meet the requirements for full-time attendance. Ten students did not meet the requirements for maintaining good academic standing. One student did not meet the requirements for matriculation. One student presented insufficient proof of New York State residency.
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Revenue Collection and Reporting (2011-F-26)
In the initial audit report, issued on June 19, 2008, auditors examined whether DMV had taken all the steps it could to account for the revenue it collects and to provide accurate and timely reports of accountability over the receipts. Auditors found DMV's revenue collecting offices had established adequate accountability over their collections and were reporting those collections accurately. The department's 2007 monthly revenue certifications were also accurate and timely with the exception of one late submission. However, certain weaknesses in the department's practices were found that could lead to delays in the distribution of revenues. To address this, auditors concluded the department should reduce delays in depositing collections, use available technology to expedite its processing of checks, determine whether its revenue-reporting systems can be consolidated, and could combine its local bank accounts. Since the audit, department officials have made some progress in correcting some of the problems identified. However, additional improvements are needed.