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Audit says NY agency wasted millions

ALBANY — State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli accused the state Office for Technology on Tuesday of favoring certain companies in purchases that wasted millions of dollars, while landing a job for a former administrator’s girlfriend at a company seeking to do business with the state.

Auditors accused the agency of once having “a culture, emanating from the highest levels of the agency, that disregarded” state law and guidelines, according to a report released by DiNapoli’s office. Auditors said they identified a pattern of behavior in 2010.

The audit says some of the spending was done by officials for personal gain in a systematic breakdown of ethics. Those accusations have been referred to the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics.

There was no immediate comment Tuesday from the technology office. A Feb. 21 letter from the agency says the auditors “mischaracterize the agency’s current operations” and fails to note new policies. The agency blamed what auditors called a “disregard” of law on an agency administrator who left in December 2010, and whose boss left his job shortly after.

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