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State Audit Uncovers DOT Purchasing Irregularities

Posted August 28, 2007

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— An audit has uncovered irregularities within the state Department of Transportation, resulting in overpayment for office supplies.

The state Auditor's Office said it learned that the DOT's Materials and Test Unit violated purchasing policies by purchasing office supplies from a vendor not listed on the state term contract for office supplies by misclassifying data processing equipment as office supplies.

Officials identified 595 purchases from the vendor, totaling more than $175,000 between April 1, 2003, and Aug. 15, 2006, of which $93,483 originated from the Materials and Test Unit.

The audit also states DOT officials paid more for office supplies than what would have been paid to vendors under the terms of the contract. In a random sampling of items, auditors found the state was charged $3,680 more than if the office supplies were purchased from term contract vendors.

The Materials and Test supervisor told auditors that he did business with the vendor because its ordering process was easy and expedient. He also admitted knowing the vendor's president, treasurer and two other employees.

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  • pack-man Aug 29, 2007

    the purpose of state contract vendor is to get the lowest prices possible. if you are going around this policy, you are spending more tax dollars for the same stuff. this is disrespect to the taxpayers in this state to look to spend more money. someone should be held accountable that signed off on this.

  • HadEnough Aug 29, 2007

    Every political appointee (those who are in exempt positions) at DOT should be terminated.

  • hmm_83 Aug 29, 2007

    RealAmerican: Yeah he admited to knowing them but that still doesn't mean he got paid by them. And if it had been the proper Vendor it still would have been 595 purchases. And I wasn't refering to you about not having read the article.

    And to USN vet: If that's where you work then are you talking about yourself as well? Are you one of those eating a lot, talking a lot, and walking up and down the halls a lot? So then NO all state employees aren't stupid and lazy. I come to work, I do my job, I ask the Agents if they need any help when their assistant is out, I watch the reception desk when someone is out because no one else is willing... and I'm a state employee. I may not be proud that I work for DOT but I don't deserve to lose my job because the people around me aren't doing theirs.

  • Realamerican71 Aug 29, 2007

    Rellibell...Good point. Nothing in the article says the employee got paid. Perhaps I should think before I speak, wow, come to think of it I did! You should read the article again. It was not just one purchase, IT WAS 595 PURSHASES FROM THE VENDOR, totalling more than $175,000. Of Which $93,483 originated from the materials and test unit. Also, the employee admitted knowing the vendor's President, Treasurer and two other employees.

  • NC_native_belle Aug 29, 2007

    pbjbeach
    The Materials & Test Lab IS located on Blue Ridge Road.

  • HadEnough Aug 29, 2007

    I still say it all goes back to diaper parties. These people are all morally corrupt.

  • then who cares Aug 28, 2007

    pbjbeach, please unshift! All caps are annoying! All caps indicates YELLING!!

  • pbjbeach Aug 28, 2007

    HARDWRKR
    ARE YOU EMPLOYEED BY THE MATERIALS & TEST UNIT.FROM WHAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN IT SOUNDS LIKE THAT YOU WORK ON BLUE RIDGE ROAD

  • pbjbeach Aug 28, 2007

    THE COMMENTOR
    ALL I CAN SAY IS LIKE THE OLD SAYING GOES IS THAT HAST MAKES WASTE PARTICULARLY WHEN IT COMES TO THE BUILDING OF HIGHWAYS

  • pbjbeach Aug 28, 2007

    I THINK THAT IT SHOULD ALL BUBBLE UP TO MANGEMENT AN NOT DOWN TO THE REGULAR JOE EMPLOYEES. BECAUSE IT IS MANGEMENT THAT IS SUPPOSE TO BE THE ONES IN CHARGE AN WHEN THING LIKE THIS AUDIT HAPPEN MANGEMENT SHOULD TAKE THE HIT FOR IT. BESIDES UPPER MANGEMENT NOW A DAYS ARE THE ONES WITH THE P.E. EDUCATIONS ARE PAID THE REALLY BIG BUCKS AN IN ALL LIKELIHOOD COULD BE REMPLOYEED WITHIN 24 HOURS AFTER HAVING TO BITE THE BULLET PEIONS ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED TO HAVE ANY KIND OF SAY ABOUT ANYTHING THAT HAPPENS WITHIN NCDOT AN THEY ARE ALSO NOT ALLOWED TO EVEN DO THEIR JOBS BECAUSE UPPER MANGEMENT DOESN'T WANT TO ROCK THE BOAT FOR BEING AFARID OF SOMEONE GETTING THROWN OUT AN DROWN

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