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Comptroller releases state audits

ALBANY - State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office released the following audits:

Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, Mission Statement and Performance Measures (2013-S-13)
Auditors found the authority did not meet its targeted performance level for customer satisfaction for 20 percent of its customers, particularly in the areas of project design and construction. Also, construction clients expressed concerns about the timeliness and cost of projects. With respect to debt issuances, 43 percent of survey respondents indicated they were less than satisfied with the cost of debt issuance, and 12 percent rated timeliness less than acceptable.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City Transit Authority - Procurement and Payroll-Related Matters Pertaining to the Use of Certain Federal Funds (2012-S-105)
New York City Transit Authority (Transit) used the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funds for 23 projects estimated to cost $441.4 million. Auditors visited 15 of the 23 projects' sites and did a more detailed review of one project, the Induction Loop project (estimated to cost $13.4 million), finding the prime contractor allowed unauthorized subcontractors to work on the project. One of those subcontractors was Petrocelli Electrical Company, whose former chairman and owner was indicted (and later convicted) on charges of making illegal payments to a labor union representative. Auditors also found two Transit supervisors were paid excessive and questionable overtime totaling $31,783 for administrative duties. In visits to work sites, auditors noted an excessive number of Transit employees present and receiving overtime pay.

New York State Homes and Community Renewal, Selected Employee Travel Expenses (2012-S-99)
Travel expenses totaling $112,233 for three of the five employees selected for review were appropriate and adhered to state travel rules and regulations. However, auditors identified unnecessary and questionable travel expenses totaling $12,446 for two employees. The travel reimbursements for these two employees may have potential tax implications.

New York State Thruway Authority, Inspecting Highway Bridges and Repairing Defects (2014-F-9) (Follow-Up) 
In an initial audit report issued in April 2013, auditors found the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) found that NYSTA repairs defects identified during inspections. However, highway bridges were not always inspected timely, including three with flagged conditions, and DOT was not always notified of red flags within one week, as required.  In a follow-up report, auditors found NYSTA implemented the three recommendations made in our initial report.

Workers' Compensation Board, Controls Over Cash Advance Accounts (2014-S-12)
The Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) designed effective internal controls over certain accounts to ensure that payments were for appropriate business purposes and were properly accounted for. Auditors found the controls have generally operated as intended. However, auditors noted a few isolated issues related to certain checks that were not properly accounted for or documented in WCB records