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Report: DOT still making fixes three years after audit

Posted June 5, 2013

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— A new report by the North Carolina Office of the State Auditor says the state Department of Transportation hasn't fully implemented fixes recommended nearly three years ago to how it manages its heavy-equipment fleet.

The report, released Wednesday, says in part that, as of June 2012, 560 of the DOT's 22,000 pieces of heavy machinery had been used less than 20 percent of the time and that an annual process to analyze and take action on underused and idle equipment was not performed last year.

The DOT had agreed to a 50 percent utilization goal for all heavy equipment and also agreed to rewrite policy and procedures on how to better make use of the equipment.

In the report, the DOT responded, saying that it has since sold more than 1,200 pieces of underused equipment and that it is continuing to work on fixes recommended in the original report.

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  • veyor Jun 6, 2:35 p.m.

    How about underused personnel? As people retire don't replace them. DOT is extremely overloaded with people.

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 6, 11:26 a.m.

    Our state auditors have found time and time again, abuse of tax dollars. They can only report the results of audits and can make recommendation, however it's up to those who control the purse string and manage the tax dollars to take action. The one main action is to get rid of the over paid, under worked managers who keep allowing the abuse to continue. These are the hard concerns our elected offical should be addressing, yet they too "bury their heads in the sand", and fail to take action or follow up.

  • AtALost Jun 6, 10:27 a.m.

    June 6, 2013 8:21 a.m.
    "I worked for the State for 3 yrs. We had money left over every year, and were told to 'SPEND IT'. We wasted so much money. But the thought was if we didn't spend it, we lose it next year."

    This doesn't just happen in government agencies. I've seen it in corporate america too.

  • sheep Jun 6, 8:21 a.m.

    Wastefull spending in the NC Gov is nothing new. I'm not saying its right, I'm just saying that its nothing new.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 5, 6:14 p.m.

    "I worked for the State for 3 yrs. We had money left over every year, and were told to 'SPEND IT'. We wasted so much money. But the thought was if we didn't spend it, we lose it next year."

    This is the same at EVERY Government agency throughout all levels of Government. It can be fixed but because this is OPs money, no one cares enough to do it. I would fix it very easily. Every quarter I would have an auditor examine the burn rate of spending. Every year at a different point in time in the fiscal year I would establish the monthly burn rate for every agency. Then I would immediately cut their budget to that amount for the rest of the year and store the remainder into a State reserve. The timing to establish the burn rate would have to change every year so people could not game the system like they do now. People should be ashamed of themselves for doing this, and in fact doing this stuff should be a crime. An audit would easily show what is being done.

  • outdoor592000 Jun 5, 5:42 p.m.

    I worked for the State for 3 yrs. We had money left over every year, and were told to 'SPEND IT'. We wasted so much money. But the thought was if we didn't spend it, we lose it next year. Now tell me what business thinks and operates like that, and sustains fiscal soundness? Here-in lies the problem, no matter how much they collect, the claim will always be more is needed............and this is exactly why.

  • tarheelfan41 Jun 5, 4:48 p.m.

    We do not have a revenue problem, we ave a spending problem! Tax less and spend more wisely!!!

  • itlsss Jun 5, 4:00 p.m.

    They certainly keep their pickup trucks busy. If it wern't for them all those DOT "workers" would have nothing to lean on all day.

  • caniac315 Jun 5, 3:32 p.m.

    I used to work for the DOT and everything they do is based in waste. Maybe all state agencies are like that.

  • ripetomatoes Jun 5, 1:49 p.m.

    Stop subcontracting the work and put the DOT personnel to busier tasks than watching someone else work.