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July 14, 2016

NYSID Responds to Office of the State Comptroller Audit

Category: General — NYSID @ 12:31 pm

In response to the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) recently released audit report – 2014-S-77 – NYSID released the following statement:

“In its 40-year history in New York State, NYSID has proven itself to be a trusted state designated vehicle for creating employment opportunities for people with disabilities. NYSID has proudly partnered with the state, local governments, not-for-profit organizations and New York businesses to provide tens of thousands of jobs to capable and deserving individuals across New York State. In 2015 alone, NYSID Preferred Source contracts employed a diverse group of more than 7,000 New Yorkers with disabilities working 4.27 million hours and earning $59.7 million in wages.

“From the outset of this audit process, NYSID made clear to OSC that it welcomed the Comptroller’s analysis of the Preferred Source Program and NYSID’s compliance practices. For this audit to have maximum value to the state, OSC needed to examine the entire scope of NYSID’s program and review the specific issues that arise when working with people with disabilities. Unfortunately, OSC chose not to do that as part of its analysis.

“During the three-year period covered by this audit, corporate partnerships accounted for 14 percent of the jobs created while 86 percent of the reported jobs were provided by not-for-profit agencies performing on their own. The audit makes no attempt to put into context the role of corporate partnerships within NYSID’s program. The audit also contains many inaccurate and incomplete findings that were brought to OSC’s attention, but nevertheless remained in the final audit.

“As an established partner of New York, NYSID recognizes that its contracting process requires ongoing assessment and modifications to meet the needs of the various groups it supports. NYSID remains committed to working with OSC and other relevant state agencies to improve the Preferred Source contracting process and maintain the integrity of the program.”



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