Report Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is interested in information pertaining to fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement of local, state, or federal education funds (including information on vendors who receive education funds). Both the Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Education  take these concerns very seriously. Once an allegation of fraud, waste, or abuse is received, NYSED will take the following actions:

  • Conduct a preliminary assessment, with one of the following three results:
    1. Begin an audit or review;
    2. Forward your information to a more appropriate agency or authority;
    3. Close the case.

Individuals who make an allegation are not required to identify themselves; they may remain:

Anonymous: Regardless of whether or not you provide contact information (name, address, e-mail, phone number) it will not be released to anyone outside of the Office of Audit Services, and you will not receive a response or any other contact from us in the future. Your complaint may be forwarded to another office or agency.

Confidential: The contact information you provide (name, address, e-mail, phone number) may be released to other offices. Your request to remain confidential will be included.

Not stated, or no restriction: The information you provided is free to be used at the discretion of our office and may be shared with other offices, or outside entities.

Tips for submitting information

How to Report

If you have information you would like to report to NYSED you may choose any one of the following reporting methods:

  1. Electronic Complaint Form
  2. E-Mail:
  3. Fax: 518-473-0259
  4. Mail: New York State Education Department
             Office of Audit Services, Room 524 EB
             89 Washington Avenue
             Albany, New York 12234
  5. Phone: 518-474-3062
    If you are leaving a message, please include your name and number, entity involved, and a description of the complaint.



Last Updated: March 5, 2015