WRAL Investigates

N.C. revenue department re-examines travel expenses

Posted July 9, 2010

— The head of North Carolina's revenue department said Friday that the agency's travel expenses have been re-examined following a WRAL News investigation in May.

"We have examined our existing policies and practices related to necessary business travel," Secretary Kenneth Lay said in a statement. "To the extent possible, we are maximizing the use of technology to minimize costs and travel. We have also requested state vehicles for employees whose job requires significant travel."

WRAL Investigates reported last month on two Department of Revenue workers who are paid to commute from their homes in the Charlotte area to the department's office in Raleigh.

John Sadoff, who makes $119,000 annually to head up the tax compliance division, was reimbursed more than $42,000 for mileage, food and lodging costs during the last two years. Alan Woodard, who earns $93,000 as director of examinations, got back nearly $36,000.

North Carolina Department of Revenue Secretary Ken Lay Revenue department re-examines expenses

Lay defended the spending, but lawmakers questioned it, especially in the midst of a tight budget and cutbacks elsewhere.

WRAL ran calculations that showed using state motor fleet vehicles instead of personal cars would reduce expenses by thousands of dollars, based on mileage.


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  • earliegrace Jul 9, 2010

    This probably goes back to THEIR supervisors. If their supervisors are allowing this behavior (or even encouraging them to travel for meetings), then it's not ALL their fault. That's why you have a supervisor sign your expense report. When WRAL was flashing their pictures and travel locations all over the news, they probably should have shown who signed these expense reports.

  • simplemind2 Jul 9, 2010

    Finally they – i.e. the NC Revenue dept. - are getting serious by probing into their own "questionable" expenses after an investigation from and reported by the media? Good grief! Shame on them!