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Report Uncovers 'Questionable' Policies in Wisconsin Fleet

May 10, 2005

MADISON, WI – A Legislative Audit Bureau report on the state's management of its fleet of cars identified several policies that lawmakers called "questionable," according to WKOW TV.The report includes a decision by the University of Wisconsin to give chancellors $700 a month for a vehicle allowance after taking away their cars last year. The report also uncovered a Department of Corrections policy allowing employees to continue driving state vehicles until their fourth conviction for an alcohol-related driving offense.Corrections Department officials conceded that until July 2004, job applicants were hired to positions that could involve driving a state vehicle, even if their driving records did not meet minimum state fleet standards.The audit also found that the fleet had decreased from a high of 7,734 cars at the end of 2001 to 6,669 cars as of Dec. 31, 2004. Although, the report includes instances where the state made several decisions to change how it manages the fleet without fully considering the long-term costs. Those instances included increasing the replacement mileage for vehicles to 85,000 miles without figuring in the costs of maintaining the aging cars.

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