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Audits Reveal Lack of Control of Fleets

July 26, 2006

DENVER, CO – Several audits of local, state, and national government fleets reveal weaknesses in controlling personal use of government-owned vehicles, according to the website www.AccountingWEB.comAn audit of the City of Denver revealed that the lack of a centralized database and accounting agency for city vehicles makes monitoring the fleet nearly impossible, according to AccountingWEB.com. The City finance director has agreed to review the fleet take-home policy. However, the City said a centralized fleet management program would not be cost effective because only about 20 percent of state vehicles are driven by non-security personnel.

The State of Wisconsin is liable for $26,100 in back taxes for not treating the personal use of state-owned vehicles as taxable income in 2002 and 2003. As a result of the audit, Wisconsin has banned almost all personal use of state-owned vehicles, according to AccountingWEB.comAn Energy Department audit found 28 percent of the fleet at the Yucca Mountain Project to be underutilized. Managers at Yucca Mountain have since cut more than 25 percent from their fleet, the report said.

An audit of the Fairfax County, Va., fleet found that the large number of access codes to the county’s fuel sites increased the opportunity to use fuel for personal use. The county has since eliminated many codes and now requires a monthly fuel report from each agency, according to AccountingWEB.com

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