NYS Comptroller Audit Yielded No Needed Changes in BOCES Claims Processing Function
Nassau BOCES was commended by the office of the New York State (NYS) Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli for establishing and implementing an effective system of controls over claims processing as a result of its most recent financial audit. The routine audit—the purpose of which was to observe good business practices and account for tax dollars spent supporting BOCES while also identifying opportunities for improving BOCES operations, Board of Education governance and strategies to reduce costs and strengthen controls that safeguard BOCES assets—yielded no needed changes to regular Nassau BOCES procedures.
“We are proud of the positive feedback we received from the comptroller’s office,” said Nassau BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Robert R. Dillon. “We are committed to maintaining a productive and reliable system for claims processing—and all of our day-to-day business—to ensure that our students receive the best possible, learning experience.”
The NYS comptroller’s audit examined Nassau BOCES’ claims auditing process for the period beginning July 1, 2014 and running through January 31, 2016. During that period, Nassau BOCES made 22,236 claims for disbursements totaling $260.1 million. The audit addressed 88 of these disbursements to determine if those claims contained sufficient documentation, were properly authorized and approved, sufficiently itemized and used only for valid business purposes. The results determined that these claims were properly authorized, approved and audited before payment, appropriately supported and legitimate for Nassau BOCES purposes.
“On behalf of the entire Nassau BOCES Board, we wish to thank the members of the Office of the State Comptroller’s audit team for performing the audit in a professional and courteous manner,” said Board President Eric B. Schultz. “We do our best to remain organized and diligent when it comes to all aspects handled in our business office, and it was wonderful to be recognized for our commitment to our students.”
Nassau BOCES’ component districts educate a combined total of more than 200,000 students in Nassau County, with approximately 18,500 students attending BOCES programs. Approximately 100 educational and administrative services are provided to its component school districts and more than 2,500 staff members are employed by Nassau BOCES. During the transition from the 2014-2015 school year to the 2015-2016 school year, Nassau BOCES saw no increase in general fund expenditures for the fiscal year, which totaled approximately $313 million.
To view the audit report, please visit the NYS Comptroller’s website: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov.