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).

Fraud is defined as the intentional deception by an individual (or individuals) or organization(s), which could result in a benefit to themselves or others, and may or maynot cause detriment to others. Fraud includes false representation of fact (whether by words or conduct), making false or misleading statements, or by concealment of something that should have been disclosed, which deceives and is intended to deceive.

Waste is defined as the thoughtless or careless expenditure, consumption, mismanagement, use, or squandering of resources to the detriment (or potential detriment) to NYSED and/or the entity(s) involved. Waste also includes incurring unnecessary costs resulting from inefficient or ineffective practices, systems, or controls.

Abuse is defined as excessive or improper use of a thing, or to use something in a manner contrary to the natural or legal rules for its use. Examples include the intentional destruction, diversion, manipulation, misapplication, maltreatment, or misuse of NYSED resources; or extravagant or excessive use as to abuse one's position or authority. Abuse can occur in financial or non-financial settings.

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.

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. Mail: New York State Education Department
             Office of Audit Services, Room 475 EBA
             89 Washington Avenue
             Albany, New York 12234


Last Updated: September 13, 2019