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Dutchess County Comptroller Robin Lois Issues Audit On Dutchess County Office for the Aging

Published: 7/22/2019

For More Information Contact:

Karl Schlegel, 845-486-2068
comptroller@dutchessny.gov

Major Findings Highlight Need for Additional Support, Supervision, and Training for Department Fiscal Operations, and Strengthened Accounting Policies and Procedures

Poughkeepsie, NY – Dutchess County Comptroller Robin Lois today issued an audit of Dutchess County’s Office for the Aging (OFA). The office provides community-based services – either directly or through contract with community agencies – to assist the elderly, disabled, and chronically-ill residents of Dutchess County. The office seeks to promote independence, dignity, and an improved quality of life of those age 60 and over, as well as continuing care for people of all ages in need of Long-Term Care and caregiver assistance. OFA’s 2018 total budget was just under $7 million.

The report highlights several major findings within the department, including: late filing and reporting of New York State and Federal claims resulting in delayed collections of revenue; inconsistent accounting practices for special events, including senior picnics; and the improper practice of soliciting contributions and donations from contract agencies. 
 
“It is my priority to ensure proper processing and accounting of expenses and revenue claiming for all County Departments,” said Dutchess County Comptroller Robin Lois. “Upon discovery of processing and accounting issues we reached out to the Administration to facilitate getting the Office for the Aging needed assistance.”

Recommendations in the report highlight the need for additional support, supervision, and training of the OFA fiscal operations to help ensure timeliness and accuracy of claim reporting. In addition, accounting processes and procedures for special events and donated funds should be strengthened.

“The collaborative efforts of the Comptroller’s Office, the Administration, and the Director of the Office for the Aging will enhance the processes and procedures to ensure that important services for our seniors are not adversely affected,” concluded Comptroller Lois.  

A full copy of the Office for the Aging Audit Report is publicly available to view or download (.pdf)